Fire Rated Downlights Explained

Fire Rated Downlights Explained

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When it comes to selecting lighting fixtures, recessed LED downlights are arguably one of the most common choices for residential and commercial buildings because of the many benefits they offer. Among these include fire rated versions, which are becoming more attractive as consumers are well aware of their fire safety features. 

Why choose fire-rated over non-fire rated downlights?

Lighting products with a fire rating means that it has undergone specific methods of fire resistance testing to determine the duration it can protect against fire – a crucial factor in fire safety.

When recessed mounted downlights are installed, they require large holes in the ceiling which reduces the ceiling’s natural ability to act as a barrier. In the case of a fire emergency, downlight holes can increase the risk of fire spreading as it naturally moves towards wide openings. This is where fire rated downlights combat this problem seen with standard versions because as they restore the ceiling’s fire integrity during installation.

So how do they work?

Fire rated downlights are designed to effectively block the hole cut into the ceiling by a built-in intumescent pad which quickly expands when it reaches a certain temperature. This ultimately slows the spread of flames, compared to traditional downlights.

Where should fire rated downlights be installed?

Anywhere that’s possible, just like any standard downlight. However, fire rated downlights are compliant for use in fired rated ceilings as per the building codes for multi-residential and commercial buildings. Some typical applications include apartments, aged care facilities, hotels, high rise developments and installed within areas which constitutes as a protected means of escape such as corridors and common areas.

For residential properties, it is advisable to install them in areas where there are usually many people. This includes living rooms, bedrooms, basements, kitchen and dining areas to protect everyone in an emergency.

Do all fire-rated downlights offer the same protection?

Simply put – no they do not. IP65 fire rated downlights can vary in the amount of time they can delay the spread of a fire, varying from 30, 60 or 90 minutes, or all three. 

Choosing fire rated times depends on the building type and use. For example, if fire-rated downlights were installed in a multiple apartment block, the top floors would likely require at least 90 minutes. This is because it would take people longer to safely evacuate the building in the event of a fire.

To sum up…

LED Fire Rated Downlights are a great option and because of their fire safety rating, gives an additional peace of mind that can make a difference in the event of a fire.

Updating your lighting or require a fire rated option?

The POWER-LITE 12W LED Fire Rated Downlight offers many options to suit a variety of commercial, retail & domestic spaces. It has many features including:

  • A unique heat sink design for extreme heat dissipation
  • Comes with a built-in LED driver with IC-4 insulation rating for easy install
  • Colour temperature selectable between 3000K, 4000K and 6000K
  • Comes with 3 interchangeable magnetic trims in black, brushed chrome and white
  • IP65 rated
  • 90 min fire rating

Contact our experienced LED lighting specialists at Nedlands Group to discuss the best LED lighting options to meet your needs. Require lighting design and supply as well?  Nedlands Group have that service covered for you, too.