Fire Rated Downlights
Fire rated downlights:
When selecting downlights for your home, business or project you need to establish whether you need fire rated downlights or open backed non-fire rated downlights. Fire rated downlights must be fitted in any building where people could be living or working above. The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) recommend that fire rated downlights should be used in all buildings even though they aren’t legally needed under a roof void (e.g. An empty loft).
A typical plaster board ceiling offers a certain amount of protection against fire and the spread of fire between rooms and floors of a building. Once you cut a hole in the plasterboard to allow for the fitting of downlights you immediately compromise the ceilings natural ability to help stop the spread of fire within the building. Using a fire rated downlight re-establishes the protective properties of the ceiling. Not using fire rated downlights allows a fire to spread freely between floors, using fire rated downlights ensures the occupants of the building have to time safely evacuate and the spread of fire is contained, causing less damage and making it easier to extinguish.