Fire Rated downlights or Non fire rated downlights ?

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Old 01-07-14, 11:39 AM
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Fire Rated downlights or Non fire rated downlights ?

What are the regulations around downlights having to be fire rated or non fire rated? Im looking to put downlights in our new home and keep getting told different reasons for using fire rated ones. Really need to find out if we can get around using fire rated downlights as the cost does tend to jump quite a large amount! Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 01-07-14, 12:41 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

I'm not familiar with fire-rated downlights. Could you expand a bit on that? If you mean recessed fixtures, the ratimgs here are for AT (air tight) and IC (insulation compatible).

What is the space above the ceiling that they'll be installed in?
 
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Old 01-07-14, 01:19 PM
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You're in the UK,so codes differ. Here we have "IC" or insulation contact and "non-ic" fixtures. Not sure how a light fixture surviving a 1500*F fire and all the sheetrock and framing in cinders would matter.

Who is telling you this and from what authority? There may be regs out there
 
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Old 01-07-14, 08:27 PM
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Fire rated enclosures are needed where the ceiling is part of the fire barrier between floors. Mostly this would be commercial or in a multi story residential setting. They help to maintain a fire barrier between units and floors.
 
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Hi

Thanks for the responses ended up going for the fire rated downlights in the end haven't received them as of yet. Ill let you know how it goes when i receive the downlights, if i need anymore help ill be asking you guys! Thanks for the help.
 
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Received the lights now and looking at them they do look a good unit! Here's the ones I've purchased Fire Rated Downlights Satin Chrome GU10 (FGFS-1) ONLY 3.49 has anybody used these ones before?
 
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Old 01-14-14, 05:53 AM
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Sounds like a good buy. 3.49 works out to about lunch for us.
 
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