Do I need fire hoods for fire rated downlights?
If your LED spotlights are fire rated, then the answer is no (this will be indicated on either the packaging or can be checked on the manufacturers website). The purpose of a fire hood is to stop or slow down the passage of fire, through the holes cut in the ceiling that the downlight sits in.
Are downlight covers required?
Strict rules apply to downlight installation. Heat covers are required, but adequate ventilation around the fittings is also required. Because safe installation of downlights and insulation is so important, don’t take any chances.
Are fire rated downlights a legal requirement?
Fire rated downlights seal off the hole and slow down the spread of fire. If you cut into a ceiling you must restore it to its original condition and not interfere with its natural ability to act as a fire barrier. Surface mounted downlights don’t need a fire rating, only recessed downlights have this requirement.
Where are fire rated downlights required?
Installing fire rated downlights is only necessary when they are recessed or semi-recessed, rather than surface mounted. This is because it is the hole that is cut for recessed downlights that compromises the fire resistance of the ceiling.
Are LED downlights a fire hazard?
LEDs produce the same amount of light as a halogen bulb, but use 80% less energy to do it. They also do not carry a fire risk as they don’t produce a large amount of heat like their halogen counterparts. An LED light unit has a lifespan of 25 years, so you hardly have to replace them.
Do you need downlight covers for LED?
Fire-rated LEDs Now, fire rated downlights don’t necessarily need a cover for heat or safety reasons, as these fittings have been designed so that quilt insulation can be installed directly over the top without causing any undue risk.
Are downlights a fire hazard?
Exposed downlights can also ignite timber beams, and general ceiling debris such as rubbish and leaves. Rodents, nesting birds and humans moving debris in the roof space can also inadvertently create a fire hazard.
Why are my LED lights humming?
While most LED lights are dimmable, a common complaint is hearing a buzzing sound coming from the lights when they are dimmed. The cause is almost always a compatibility issue between the dimmer and the LED’s driver (power supply). CL dimmers will eliminate the buzzing on most brands of LEDs, but not all.
Do you need a fire hood for a downlight?
Fit a fire hood or fire rated downlight. Also consider these points… If you are putting lights in an integral garage with accommodation above use a fire hood or fire rated downlight. If you live in a three storey house (especially with only one flight of stairs) use fire hoods or fire rated downlights.
Can a fire hood be used on a recessed light?
The short answer is no. We have spoken to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) who set out the building regulations and in fact they have confirmed there has been no modification of the wording in Part B of the building regulations regarding lighting for a number of years.
Which is the best rating for a downlight?
Fire rated downlights do not block the way of the fire completely, but allow for a delay in the spread of fire, giving occupants time to leave. Most are rated at 30, 60 or 90 minutes, each of which has a different purpose and place.
How are fire rated downlights Part C compliant?
The majority of fire rated downlights are also Part C compliant, they are fitted with a moisture seal that prevents condensation from getting through the downlight hole. Many adjustable downlights are not Part C compliant and will allow drafts and condensation to get through.