Reflections: why bathroom mirrors are more than accessories

Mirrors are an integral part of any bathroom design, from boutique hotel to guest toilet, and these mirrors from Duravit are more than mere functional accessories – they create an opportunity for individuality without having to compromise on design, functionality, or comfort…

Duravit bathroom mirror provides gentle lighting next to free standing bath

Providing both functional lighting, as well as gentle illumination for some spa downtime in the bathroom, mirrors and any accompanying bathroom lighting need to harmonise with each other and the overall design. The illuminated mirrors should be easy to operate and where possible avoid glare and mist. As it can be immensely frustrating standing in a steaming bathroom after a hot shower trying to find a gap in the mist on the mirror. A heated mirror can help by preventing the surface from misting up in the first place. This is an option that is already integrated on many mirrors within the Duravit designer furniture series.

Two convenient operating systems are available: an integrated sensor ensures that the mirror and the accompanying light can be operated contactlessly. As an alternative, a contactless control panel for the main light, ambient light, light temperature, and mirror heating is available on the surface of the mirror. Contactless control is hygienic and prevents unwanted fingerprints on the surface. On the Happy D.2 Plus, Luv, XSquare, models and the icon version of XViu, the heating is switched on and off using an icon on the operating panel, while on the other models it is connected to the light. The integrated ‘auto-off’ function switches the heating off after an hour.

Creating a pleasant atmosphere in the bathroom is easier than ever with mirrors that are compatible with the Casambi light-control app, such as those in the White Tulip or Zencha range. Light temperature with a memory effect, mirror heating, or dim function are really easy to control. Additionally, customers can create and save scenes, such as extra soft lighting for some spa downtime in the home bathroom.

To ensure glare-free lighting alongside optimum illumination, Duravit uses modern technology to create computer simulations to precisely calculate the light extraction. Specially selected LEDs are used with a guaranteed service life of at least 30 years and consistently high luminous efficiency. The spacing of the individual LEDs on the circuit boards is individually defined and specially manufactured for each product and model.

The light sources on mirrors with a light band in the mirror surface are deflected by a reflector. This is specially constructed and guarantees glare free lighting on all models. As a rule, individual light sources are not visible, the light is homogeneous, has optimum brightness of at least 300 lux in the field of vision, as well as high colour fidelity for natural colour rendering of skin tones.

All Duravit mirrors and mirror cabinet models use energy sparingly. The development process involves comprehensive tests in a climatic chamber to ensure that the materials can also cope with extreme conditions, such as high temperatures or high humidity as well as splash-proof protection.

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