Why Choose Fire Rated LED Downlights?

  • By:Ronse
  • Date:2021/10/18

You may be faced with the choice of fire-rated or non-fire-rated downlights if you're currently selecting which downlights you would like to buy. You may be wondering whether you require fire-rated or not, or whether all of your downlights require to be fire-rated or just some of them. Choosing the right downlights can be a bit of a complicated task, so before deciding, it's finest to know what fire-rated downlights are, why to use them and where to utilize them.

 

What are fire-rated downlights?

When a hole is cut into your ceiling for your downlight, this produces a possible fire danger as plasterboard ceilings, and other safe ceilings can work as a fire barrier. If individuals are living above the ceiling, the ceiling needs to be fire-rated.

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As surface mounted downlight hole in a ceiling could allow the fire to spread out upwards, fire-rated downlights are essentially able to obstruct the risk by sealing the gap and slowing the damage. Modern fire-rated downlights tend to be fitting with an intumescent pad that swells, blocking the flames when it reaches a certain temperature level.

 

You might have noticed that some downlights are ranked at 30, 60, or 90 minutes, or all 3. This ranking depends upon the size and structure of the building. A top-floor flat would likely require at least a 90, whilst the bottom flooring may require 30 or 30 minutes.

 

Where Should Fire Rated Downlights Be Used?

If they are recessed or semi-recessed as the fire score of the ceiling would need to be kept, led recessed downlight to require to be fire-rated. If they are on the surface area of the ceiling, and for that reason do not jeopardize the plasterboard, the fire ranking will not be affected, and therefore the downlights do not always need to be fire rated.

 

According to the Electrical Safety Council, fire-rated downlights must be used in all ceilings, no matter what type of building in which they are set up.

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