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Why You Need Fire Rated Downlights

If you’re considering changing or upgrading the lighting within your home, it is likely that you’ve discussed the lighting options you want to install. Downlights are among the most sought-after lighting options, but there are a few things that you must consider first.

One of them is whether your downlights are going to be fire-rated or not? If you’re unsure what that means, keep reading as we go through the most common questions electricians and homeowners ask.

What is a fire-rated downlight?

Downlights with fire ratings can reduce in the spreading spread of fire as opposed to traditional downlights.

When you drill the ceiling and then install recessed lighting that reduce the current ratings for fire in the ceiling. The hole allows the fire to be able to spread readily between floor.

Fire rated downlights play significant significance in fire safety because they block the opening cut in the ceiling. Each downlighter has an intumescent pad which expands when it is heated to a certain point and, ultimately, slow down spreading of flames. Different fire-rated downlights come with various fire rating times that range from 30 minutes or 90 minutes.

If you don’t have fire-rated downlights it could mean your ceiling can collapse within one or two minutes instead of giving you more time to escape to the safety.

Do downlights need certified as fire-rated?

It is strongly recommended that all downlights are fire-rated. This is to ensure your safety within your home, since they provide you with an extra time to avoid the flames and stop the spread of fire through floors.

What is the fire rating for downlights?

The Part B section of Building Regulations includes fire protection testing of recessed ceiling lighting. Downlights that are fire-rated are awarded a rating of 30 60, 90, and sometimes even 120 minutes. This is the length of time that the fitting is able to block the flame.

Do downlights come with IP ratings?

The location of the light source, like kitchens and bathrooms The IP ratings will vary based on the location of the light, such as kitchens and. It is recommended to look at the BS 7671 and Parts A C,E, and P from the Building Regulations.

Can you cover fire-rated downlights by thermal insulation?

Always adhere to the instructions of the manufacturer that come with the downlight, when installing it. This is because certain downlights with a fire rating aren’t covered by thermal insulation as they could overheat and cause fire even if there are LED lamps in them.

If you already have insulation in place, you may put an insulation box on the top layer to safeguard. But, certain manufacturers offer downlights with fire ratings which can be fitted right into the thermal insulation so make sure to check for the appropriate symbols.

What happens if the client does not want downlights that are fire-rated?

The advantages of having a fire rating far outweigh the price difference.

They should be highly advised to implement greater safety measures at home. Without them spreading fire could not be controlled and could even spread faster and put their lives at risk.

Another option to use fire-rated downlights is to use fire-rated hoods that are placed over downlights that are not fire rated. The cost for carrying out this work is likely to be approximately the same as installing downlights with fire ratings.

Can a homeowner install downlights that are fire-rated themselves?

It is not necessary to have a registered, competent electrician must install downlights to the house since the fitting is covered under Part P in the Building Regulations.

If downlights are installed and the electrician who registered with the company must give you the minor Part P certificate of work as proof that the work is secure.

If you don’t receive this certification, your home insurance may be canceled and the wiring might not be considered safe, meaning that you still put yourself and your family members at danger of a fire in the house or electric shock.