So, you’ve found yourself wondering “What are Fire Rated Downlights?”
In this guide, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about fire rated downlights and answer some of the many common questions our customers tend to ask. Let’s get started right away with the basics.
Fire rated downlights are ‘F’ rated. This means you can mount them in a flammable recess or on a flammable surface and they will not catch fire. However, it’s important to remember there is a distinction between ‘F’ rated and fireproof, as while they won’t catch fire, they are not impervious to flames.
What are the benefits of fire rated downlights?
There are a huge array of benefits to using LED fire rated downlights. For a start, the difference in safety between fire rated and non-fire rated lights is enormous, with the former being able to resist and seter fire for far longer than the latter.
But these LED lights aren’t just good at resisting fire. They can also seal off the hole that is created in your ceiling, and when there is a fire, the coating around the lights will swell up when they reach a certain temperature. It’s an excellent, extra level of protection that can actually slow down the spread of fire significantly and deter against collapse.
Don’t forget, in the vast majority of modern ceilings, fire safety is a number one concern for manufacturers. Ceilings these days are built as a natural fire barrier, although it’s imperative for homeowners to keep the ceiling area completely intact. If you use LED lights that are not fire rated, you may expose some holes – however minor – which will be bad news when it comes to stopping the spread of any fire. Using fire rated downlights actually seals the cavity and keeps you safer, for longer.
However, be aware that fire rated downlights do not give complete protection against fires. The point of these lighting units is to limit and slow the movement of the fire, either preventing it from traveling up through the ceiling quickly or coming down from the floor above.
Finally, fire rated downlights also offer cosmetic and acoustic advantages. Because they have to be fitted correctly and recessed properly into a ceiling, they give a far more attractive finish than you might get with a nonfire rated alternative.
What are the legalities around fire rated downlights?
According to the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) fire rated downlights should be used in all ceilings, no matter what type of building your own. While this is only a recommendation, there are also building regulations to understand. By law, any recessed ceiling light installed in a residential home or a commercial property must comply with Part B Building Regulations. However, you have a choice of choosing products that are fire rated for 30,60,90, and even 120 minutes.
We hope you’ve found this Simple guide helpful & we’ve answered the question of “What are Fire Rated Downlights?”
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