What is the difference between fire rated and non fire rated downlights?
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Simply so, can you use non fire rated downlights?
Non-fire-rated downlights can be installed into domestic ceilings below a roof void. Otherwise they must be used with an intumescent fire hood, and can easily end up costing more than fire-rated fittings with this extra expense.
Also Know, where should you use fire rated downlights? Fire rated downlighters must be installed into any partition (usually a ceiling) that must meet fire resisting (FR) standard, i.e. the requirements of the relevant part of BS 476.
Secondly, what are fire rated downlighters?
A fire rated downlight is a recessed light that protects the ceiling from fire after a hole has been cut to hold a new light fitting. Installing fire rated downlights is only necessary when they are recessed or semi-recessed, rather than surface mounted.
What does fire rated mean?
A fire-resistance rating typically means the duration for which a passive fire protection system can withstand a standard fire resistance test. This can be quantified simply as a measure of time, or it may entail a host of other criteria, involving other evidence of functionality or fitness for purpose.