Do I need fire-rated fittings when purchasing recessed down lights?

Ceilings provide an important barrier that helps to prevent the spread of fire and noise between the floors of a building. Installing recessed down lights punctures this barrier and can reduce the effectiveness of this safety barrier.

Installing fire rated down lights helps to protect your premises from the effects of both fire and noise pollution and compliance with new building regulations governing the installation of down lights. Made from intumescing materials, fire rated down lights seal the gap between the ceiling and the fitting to offer up to 90 minutes protection against the spread of fire into the void spaces within your ceiling / loft space. Fires rated down lights are more expensive than non-fire rated down lights. However, the worst decision you can make is to buy cheaper models that look exactly the same only to find out from the electrician fitting them, that building regulations require fire rated down lights for that situation.

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