If you’re upgrading your lighting, opt for fire rated downlights
If you are thinking about updating your home or business’s lighting, it’s worthwhile taking a look at fire rated downlights as part of the selection process. There’s a huge difference between fire rated lights and non-fire rated lights, with fire rated downlights able to deter fire for far longer periods. The fact is that opting for the wrong type of light could have catastrophic consequences and could make a huge difference to what the outcome of a fire at your home or business is.
What is a fire rated downlight? A simple explanation is that a fire rated downlight will seal off the hole that is cut into your sealing to fit the light in more effectively. When a downlight is installed a special coating is fitted around it, when this coating reaches a certain temperature it swells, deterring the spread of a fire. Without this simple form of protection in place, fire is able to spread far more easily, coming through the hole and igniting flammable surroundings far more quickly.
Of course, how downlights are fitted is also an important aspect to consider as you need to ensure that fitting these lights doesn’t impact your ceilings structural integrity. As it’s the ceilings strong structure that also helps to prevent fires from spreading. If your ceiling lacks structural strength, it will impact how quickly a fire in your home or business is able to spread.
How fire rated downlights work is by effectively sealing off the hole, preventing a fire from getting through so quickly. What it’s important to remember is to have downlights fitted by a professional who can ensure that they won’t impact your ceiling’s structural integrity, weakening it.
What protection do fire rated downlights offer?
It’s key that if any rooms above the room you are fitting new lights in are occupied, that you choose to use fire rated downlights for them. Whether the room above is your bedroom or a separate flat, it’s crucial that fire rated lights are used for everyone’s protection. For one story buildings fire rated downlights aren’t a neccesity, however, what it’s important to consider is whether it’s worth the risk. Should a fire break out, having these lights could give you crucial extra time to evacuate everyone safely from the building.
If you currently have non-fire rated downlights in place, there’s good news as you can easily and affordably convert them into fire rated downlights. This isn’t something that you should deal with yourself but something that you should leave to the experts. At Simple Lighting, this is something that we can help with - our team are ideally placed to help you to determine what steps need to be taken to turn your non-fire rated downlights into fire rated ones, improving the safety of your building.
When it comes to choosing a fire rated option, there are usually three choices to choose from, these are 30, 60 or 90-minute protection. The rating required usually depends on the building type and the number of floors the building has. For instance, downlights being installed in a family home would usually be 30 or 60 minutes, whereas downlights for a block of flats would require a 90 or potentially 120-minute rating, if available.
At Simple Lighting, we offer a wide range of fire rated downlights, each of which offers a different rating. We understand that importance of getting it right when selecting the perfect fire rated downlight, which is why we only sell the very best options, including a range of GU10 fire rated LEDs. To ensure the best level of safety possible, we recommend that all fire rated downlights are installed by a professional who has experience and training fitting these lights.
How to choose the right LED fire rated downlight
At Simple Lighting, we are proud to offer a wide range of LED fire rated downlights. While we always like to offer a wide range of options, we understand that choosing the right one is not always simple or straightforward. The key factor to consider when choosing a fire rated downlight is safety and which option will provide you with the safety that you require for your building. LEDs that are fire rated can minimise fire risk, which is why taking the time to choose the right option for your home or business is so important.
Here at Simple Lighting, we offer a range of options, including the GU10 LED lamp base as well as an integrated LED base. For installation in ceilings with limited space, we recommend opting for a compact option as this tends to work most effectively. Most of our LED downlights that are fire rated are designed to be a perfect fit for smaller spaces. They also come with a well-ventilated design, and some have an added heat sink to help ensure that they remain cool at all times.
It’s worth bearing in mind that with the GU10 lamp base, just the bulb needs to be replaced in cases of failure, but for integrated designs the whole fixture has to be replaced. However, these tend to have a longer lifespan which means the need for replacement tends to be less likely. This means that they are just as reliable as GU10 lamp bases, if not more reliable.
What styles of fire rated LEDs are available?
Like most LEDs, fire rated designs come in a range of options, including as dimmable bulbs. These bulbs are ideal for commercial establishments such as nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and bars, and stores, in addition to working well for domestic environments. Most of these dimmable bulbs come with the equipment needed to dim them, which is highly useful. However, some options may require for this equipment to be purchased separately. The fantastic thing about dimmable lights is that they allow you to set the light intensity depending on your needs and mood. There are also non-dimmable options available for spaces that don’t require dimmable lighting.
When it comes to the look of fire rated lights, you will be pleased to know that they come in a range of styles and finishes. We understand that people want their premises to look at beautiful as possible, which is why we ensure that every LED fire rated light we stock is designed to be modern and stylish. They come in a range of finishes, including chrome, matt and nickel, there’s also the option of choosing between glass and acrylic.
Our range of fire rated LEDs also come in a wide range of colours, offering a range of shades, from warm tones to cool tones, which are ideal for creating a range of ambiances.