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GU10 Lampholder with 21cm White Tails for use with Fire Rated Downlights

GU10 Lampholder with 21cm White Tails for use with Fire Rated Downlights

This is the Aurora AU-0601F, a 240V GU10 lampholder complete with white 21cm tails, ideal for use wi..

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IP20 Fire Rated Fixed Round GU10 Brass Downlight with Ultra-slim Bezel and Twistlock Lamp max. 50W

IP20 Fire Rated Fixed Round GU10 Brass Downlight with Ultra-slim Bezel and Twistlock Lamp max. 50W

This is an IP20 rated Compact Fire Rated downlight in brass using 1 x max. 50W GU10 lamp (not includ..

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IP20 Fire Rated Fixed Round GU10 Downlight with 90mm Matt White Bezel, Enlite Pro Fixed EN-DLM981X + BZF91W

IP20 Fire Rated Fixed Round GU10 Downlight with 90mm Matt White Bezel, Enlite Pro Fixed EN-DLM981X + BZF91W

This is the Enlite EN-DLM981X + BZF91W (flat bezel) Pro Fixed fixed round downlight with an IP20 rat..

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IP20 Fire Rated Fixed Round GU10 Downlight with 90mm Polished Chrome Bezel, Enlite Pro Fixed EN-DLM981X + BZ91PC

IP20 Fire Rated Fixed Round GU10 Downlight with 90mm Polished Chrome Bezel, Enlite Pro Fixed EN-DLM981X + BZ91PC

This is the Enlite EN-DLM981X + BZ91PC Pro Fixed fixed round downlight with an IP20 rated and fire r..

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IP20 Fire Rated Fixed Round GU10 Downlight with 90mm Satin Nickel Bezel, Enlite Pro Fixed EN-DLM981X + BZ91SN

IP20 Fire Rated Fixed Round GU10 Downlight with 90mm Satin Nickel Bezel, Enlite Pro Fixed EN-DLM981X + BZ91SN

This is the Enlite EN-DLM981X + BZ91SN Pro Fixed fixed round downlight with an IP20 rated and fire r..

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5W GU10 480lm 2700K Dimmable LED Lamp 38deg Beam Aurora ClearVU EN-DGU55/27

5W GU10 480lm 2700K Dimmable LED Lamp 38deg Beam Aurora ClearVU EN-DGU55/27

This is the Aurora EN-DGU55/27 ClearVU 5W GU10 480lm 2700K LED Lamp Dimmable 38deg Beam available at..

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IP20 Fire Rated Round Adjustable GU10 Downlight with Matt White 102mm Bezel, Enlite EN-DLM982X + EZ92W EFD PRO

IP20 Fire Rated Round Adjustable GU10 Downlight with Matt White 102mm Bezel, Enlite EN-DLM982X + EZ92W EFD PRO

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IP20 Fire Rated Round Adjustable GU10 Downlight with Polished Chrome 102mm Bezel, Enlite EN-DLM982X + BZ92PC EFD PRO

IP20 Fire Rated Round Adjustable GU10 Downlight with Polished Chrome 102mm Bezel, Enlite EN-DLM982X + BZ92PC EFD PRO

This is the Enlite EN-DLM982X + BZ92PC EFD PRO Adjustable Professional fire rated round downlight co..

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IP20 Fire Rated Round Adjustable GU10 Downlight with Satin Nickel 102mm Bezel, Enlite EN-DLM982X + BZ92SN EFD PRO

IP20 Fire Rated Round Adjustable GU10 Downlight with Satin Nickel 102mm Bezel, Enlite EN-DLM982X + BZ92SN EFD PRO

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IP20 Fire Rated Round Adjustable GU10 Downlight with White 102mm Bezel, Enlite EN-DLM982X + BZ92W EFD PRO

IP20 Fire Rated Round Adjustable GU10 Downlight with White 102mm Bezel, Enlite EN-DLM982X + BZ92W EFD PRO

This is the Enlite EN-DLM982X + BZ92W EFD PRO Adjustable Professional fire rated round downlight com..

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5W GU10 500lm 3000K Dimmable LED Lamp 38deg Beam Aurora ClearVU EN-DGU55/30

5W GU10 500lm 3000K Dimmable LED Lamp 38deg Beam Aurora ClearVU EN-DGU55/30

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5W GU10 550lm 4000K Dimmable LED Lamp 38deg Beam Aurora ClearVU EN-DGU55/40

5W GU10 550lm 4000K Dimmable LED Lamp 38deg Beam Aurora ClearVU EN-DGU55/40

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5W GU10 550lm 6400K Dimmable LED Lamp 38deg Beam Aurora ClearVU EN-DGU55/64

5W GU10 550lm 6400K Dimmable LED Lamp 38deg Beam Aurora ClearVU EN-DGU55/64

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IP65 Fire Rated GU10 Fixed Round Downlight with Polished Chrome Bezel Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93PC

IP65 Fire Rated GU10 Fixed Round Downlight with Polished Chrome Bezel Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93PC

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IP65 Fire Rated GU10 Fixed Round Downlight with Satin Nickel Bezel Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93SN

IP65 Fire Rated GU10 Fixed Round Downlight with Satin Nickel Bezel Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93SN

This is the Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93SN Satin Nickel fixed round fire rated IP65 downlight, part of the..

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IP65 Fire Rated GU10 Fixed Round Downlight with White Bezel Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93W

IP65 Fire Rated GU10 Fixed Round Downlight with White Bezel Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93W

This is the Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93W white fixed round fire rated IP65 downlight, part of the EFD™ PR..

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LuxLive 2018, Exhibitions and Events we are most Excited to Visit

Following our event-filled visit to LuxLive 2017, we here at Sparks are thrilled to see LuxLive 2018 on the horizon, coming up this November (we registered to go, by the way). One of Europe’s grandest annual lighting events, exhibiting companies will include some of the biggest names in the lighting industry, including a Sparks favourite and mainstay - Astro Lighting. Sparks of course has a vested interest in visiting this event; it is the prime location to discover new innovations and to see how leading companies are driving changes in the industry. We can save an invaluable amount of time by visiting: all of the best lighting suppliers and manufacturers will be under the same roof for two days - prime time for a bit of networking! There are too many interesting events going on for us to take all in one go, as demonstrated by our 2017 visit. There will be speeches, conferences, exhibitions and the grand Lux Awards (won of course by Astro in 2017).Exhibits at LuxLive 2018 we are most excited to visit While Astro is a firm favourite of Sparks, they won’t be the only exhibitors we deal with professionally. There is the Gooee’s award-winning Aurora as well, an IoT Enterprise Ecosystem, who sells fantastic products such as the Aluminium IP68 Fixed Halogen Walkover Light, as well as a host of inspiring garden lights.Yet another Sparks favourite will be making an appearance: Lutron, a Silver sponsor of Property Technology Live. Lutron has long been a leading provider of wireless lighting solutions that tackle large-scale problems. This includes the pioneering Lutron Grafik Eye QS 3-Zone, an ingenious energy-saving solution for construction and renovation projects.We sincerely hope there will be time to visit all of our friends, including Rako Controls, who will be unveiling their new RAK8, a product we are extremely excited about. The same size as the standard RAK4, the RAK8 has 8 outputs and can be fitted with any combination of different plug-in modules to suit a variety of loads. Also exhibiting their wares is the esteemed Italian company Fabbian who are internationally known for their vogue lamp designs, such as the Fabbian Bijou Chrome Flexible Tube If we’re talking about innovators, then Fabbian are one of the many companies we'll be keen to get the latest on. Another exhibitor on our list to visit is Wago, an essential, if less glamorous name in the lighting world. They have provided us with such wonderful necessities such as the Wagobox 51257303, an unsung hero in the electrical installation world. Turning our attention to our eco-friendly responsibilities, Teucer will also be in town. Teucer has long offered one of the most comprehensive ranges of LED strips, drivers, profiles and accessories. They are also introducing the new 'SkyLux', which offers smart artificial daylight for areas lacking in natural light, and we'll be chomping at the bit to check that out. Taking in all LuxLive 2018 has to offer LuxLive 2018 is the place to go if you wish to discover all the new breakthroughs in design and lighting: the best place to contemplate the future of illumination. Although Sparks has a vested interest in home lighting, there will be a slew of conferences regarding lighting in other areas: talks on lighting for museums and galleries, transport and infrastructure and lighting for safer city streets. With over 50% more senior decision makers already registered to attend, this will be one of the most educational experiences about the lighting industry. We are looking forward, for instance, to hear from the 'Escape Zone' conference, about the importance of emergency lighting and carrying out risk assessments. Who knows if we at Sparks will be able to see everything we wish to at LuxLive 2018 (probably not, going on last years evidence). However, one thing is for sure: we will be delighted to participate in one of the largest and most prestigious lighting conferences in the world!LuxLive 2018 will take place at the ExCel, London from the 14th-15th November. You can register here.

We visited Lux Live 2017, so here are some Interesting LED Lights and Technologies

Last week we went to the annual Lux Live, Lux Live 2017, one of the greatest lighting shows in Europe. We only had a few hours on the first day to check it out, so we didn't attend seminars and speeches, but the place was pretty packed and there was a lot of good vibe all around. We saw some really interesting LED lights and LED lighting technologies, and we also saw quite a few Chinese manufacturers bringing their LED lights to the European market. As they say on their website, lighting is changing, and there are smarter and better luminaires. What seemed to be a "fad" a few years ago with LEDs, now it has developed to become one of the biggest lighting revolutions ever. From the Gooee IoT arena to the LIA live and the escape zone, from exhibitors to hundreds of free talks (when you're tired of walking and talking), from the lightspace arena to the LIA lighting academy, and from Li-fi experience to the smart spaces conference, we loved this years Lux Live! We didn't take too many pictures, and we can't talk about every company we met, so here we'll list some of our friends and suppliers that we got to talk to and see their newest stuff. Astro Lighting - LED lights and even some Track LightsThey came out with their new catalogue fresh off the press at this lighting show, and they displayed their lights in a very simple design. It was an honor to meet James Bassant, the design director and one of the founders of Astro Lighting, and have a chat concerning some of their newest additions (like the new track lights and spotlights). Loved the simple and not-so-packed arrangement of their LED wall lights, ceiling lights, and exterior lamps; they really give you an impression of their excellent design. Rako Controls - All NEW Wireless ModulesIf you're looking for mood lighting and ambience lighting and you're not ready to break the bank with more expensive solutions like Lutron, Rako Controls is what you need. At LuxLive they brought in their all new wireless modules, and they had a great display of the DMX, constant current LED modules, silent transistor dimmers, curtain and blinds, constant voltage LEDs, inductive dimmers, DALI control, 1-10V and DSI, and switched loads modules. Also, they have a new NFC product range, with the wired functionality from a wireless keypad, and they connect to any conventional switch. B.E.G. - the Lighting Control ProfessionalsWe visited BEG only in passing, and we admired their PIR detectors and their new PureColour detector for wellbeing with color control (controlling the light color in a LED bulkhead). German quality! Horton LightingMany of our ballasts and fluorescent trays are from Horton Lighting, and they continue to bring in some of the best and most popular such items in the market, be it from Tridonic, LEDVANCE, Philips, VS Lighting solutions, or LitePlan. V-TAC - Innovative LED LightingGood quality LED light bulbs and LED fittings at a cost that's lower than most others, the V-TAC innovative LED lighting have both LED lamps and incorporated LED fittings. They now came out with some IP65 rated exterior and interior LED wall lights, and soon they will bring out the V-TAC pro 180lm/W super efficient LED lights and LED fittings. Hamilton Litestat - Switching and Dimming LED lightsIf you want more complex systems for both lighting and smart home control, you have to see what Hamilton has to offer. We distribute some of their more popular switches, sockets, dimmers, and other wiring accessories in finishes such as white plastic and transparent. It was great to see them and to realize how many more ranges they have and are considering to bring in. Integral LED - LED Lamps and LED FittingsDefinitely a great chat with the good people at Integral LED, where we saw some really interesting developments in the fire rated IP65 rated downlights (their Lux fire range). Dimmable, fire rated, and IP65 rated - what else do you need? Plus, they came out with a LED panel - back-lit technology with market leading efficiency, up to 90% more efficient than popular edge-lit panels (in their own words). And their EvoFire range simply blew our mind away: reducing a downlight to a simple structure where you put the LED lamp: a canless design with a low profile body that is lightweight. ALL LED - LED Marker Lights and LED StripsLocated next to their friends at Aurora, ALL LED displayed some really neat paintable LED marker lights (you can design them with your own design or colour, as needed), which are also dimmable. Their 1W range of micro-marker and mini-markers are like no other, and they come in warm white, cool white, or blue. Plus, there's quite a few inground - driveover LED marker lights, and some low level LED accent lighting. And the LED strip lights with different wattage per meter, plus RGB, RGBW, and wi-fi controls. Aurora Lighting - Smart, Fire Rated, and LED LightsThey are well-established in the lighting market, and their ranges are both popular and recognizable. Aurora Lighting provides a wide range of residential and commercial LED lights and LED lighting systems, including solutions for smart lighting spaces and smart home devices. They do both indoor and outdoor LED lights, with different IP rating. Crompton Lamps with Phoebe LED and FireSafeHere's an example of a company who knows what to do when LEDs are everywhere: Crompton Lamps, who via their Phoebe LED (Phoebe, the goddess of light) division, provide a wide range of LED downlights that are both dimmable and fire rated, offering a tri-colour select of 3000K, 4000K, or 6500K. And with their Spectrum range they have a 10W color-changing downlight tunable white, with a RGB colour changin rim, controllable via a Bluetooth app. Gimmicky? Probably, but there's a chance that some office buildings or conference rooms may opt for different light settings as different occasions and meetings come up. Illuma Lighting - LED Track SpotlightsGoing bigger and more professional with great performance, Illuma Lighting are definitely one of the leaders in the UK lighting industry in terms of LED track lighting - both 1-circuit and 3-circuit. And every year they bring in not only a new catalogue with more wall LED lights, ceiling LED lamps, and track spotlights, but different and better LED track spot lights to meet both the residential and commercial lighting needs. And they have some really lovely wall washers which can be re-oriented as needed - for indoor wall lighting. Wago - Connectors and ConnectionsEverybody knows and loves the WAGO solutions, and on our website we have a dedicated section to their versatile and popular products. Block systems, connectors, PCB terminal blocks, rail mounted terminal blocks, and many other connectors - the electricians love them, and we as wholesalers love to provide them. Great to see them at Lux Live 2017! As we were saying at the beginning of this article, there were many more other exhibitors and cool products, innovations, talks, and seminars, and we only had a few hours to quickly visit some of them. Loved the show this year, looking forward to the Lux Live 2018! PS. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to see more pictures and updates on LuxLive and other events.

Lux Live 2014: What we Saw and Loved during our Short Visit to this Lighting Show

One more year, one more LuxLive - this time it was #LuxLive2014 on Twitter - where many lighting exhibitors came to both display and talk about their latest and greatest. You could hear the latest lighting tech from the big brands, listen to up to 50 hours of free talks in their arenas, and see most of the world's biggest lighting brands. And all of this only in two days. We made it to the second day toward the end of the show, but we saw quite a few things. The emphasis, you guessed it, is LED: LED "fluorescent" lights, LED wall lights, LED light bulbs (some of which were even offered for free!), LED floor lights, LED outdoor lights, LED flood lights, LED everywhere. We couldn't see all that was exhibited, and we couldn't possibly post about it on the blog, but here are our top picks of what we saw and loved at this years' Lux Live. BEG Luxomat at Lux Live 2014The German brand BEG Luxomat was present with some new stuff besides the well-known PIRs: now they have Luxomatic, groupable, energy-efficient lights for wall and ceiling mounting, and they also have some new versions of PIRs that can be individually programmable and resettable via a Bluetooth remote control. Great idea, with the mention: please secure the access to the PIRs and occupancy detectors! Illuma Lighting at Lux Live 2014As usual, Illuma was there showcasing their latest LED track spotlights, and their "5-year guarantee" promise was right up on the wall. They came out with some new products, of which we are about to find out more soon. Danlers at Lux Live 2014The great people at Danlers were there, with their PIR occupancy switches for wall or ceiling mounting, and this time they have something new: the ControlZAPP system. It is a new innovative energy saving lighting control with remote control and programming via an Android app. Also, they have their new LED dimming modules which promise to work with most dimmable LED lamps. Aurora Lighting at Lux Live 2014 We didn't stay much at their booth, but Aurora Lighting promised to showcase some unparalleled LED technologies with a team of representatives (all dressed in light green T-shirts) to discuss excellence in driverless luminaires. Check out their coverage and photo gallery via their blog. BELL Lighting at Lux Live 2014BELL Lighting had a wide range of LED lamps in all kinds of lamp caps, wattages, lumens, and shapes. Quite interesting to see how many types are out there. Gap Lighting at Lux Live 2014We loved the display Gap Lighting put on, showcasing their LED wall lights for outdoors and LED ceiling lights for indoors, including some of their best LED strip lights and flood lights. Retrotouch at Lux Live 2014A great brand soon to be distributed by us, the people at RetroTouch have a wide range of touch and remote switches and dimmers. Rocker light switches, touch light switches, glass remote switches, dimmer remote switches, etc you name it - great alternative to the existing wiring devices. CoeLux at Lux Live 2014Something that blew us all out of our mind is the CoeLux skylight technology bringing the sunlight to windowless spaces. The pictures above don't do it justice, so you will have to watch the videos below. How about that! LED technology bringing artificial skylight that you won't believe it is real! Kosnic at Lux Live 2014Some awesome LED downlights, Facet LED downlights, LED panels, and twin bar LED panels (replacing the ceiling modular panels), and all kinds of LED PowerSpot GU10, Reon LEDs, and LED lights for home from Kosnic. Great stuff.Franklite at Lux Live 2014Since the buzzword is LED, Franklite also came out with some high-quality LED wall lights, LED chandeliers, LED table lamps, and much more. Great fittings from a renowned brand of light fixtures. ...and much more. We are pretty sure most of the lighting exhibitors at LuxLive already posted (or will post) on their blog or news section, but this is our take on what we saw and loved the most at Lux Live this year. We hope you enjoyed them! PS. Last year's review for Lux Live is here.

Lux Live 2013 Day 1: LED Lights, Energy Saving, and Lots of Good Talks

For the second year in a row, we went to visit the annual Lux Live lighting exhibition in Earl Court, and we were not disappointed. As the title says it, everyone was focused on energy saving and LED lighting. And, if possible, the reducing of the costs both for manufacturing the LED lights and for purchasing them. We took a look around, visited some of our old friends :) and made new friends too, and listened to a talk or two, snapped a photo or two, tweeted a bit.... Speaking of pictures, here are some of our Instagrams from this time (in case you missed them or you didn't follow us on twitter): Illuma Lighting at #LuxLive2013 - new LED spotlights for track systems, including some awesome remote-controlled track spotlights for commercial lighting! Danlers - Lots of PIR occupancy switch modules, either ceiling or wall-mounted. Check out their range on our website here. Aurora Lighting, always present at lighting shows, displays some of their latest LED downlights, fire rated recessed LED lights, dimmable lights, etc. Great products, also listed on our site here. Office Lighting Talk at Lux Live 2013 day 1 - energy saving, lighting design, people-focused or rigidly meeting the standards, customizing your lights, task lighting, etc. Just when things got heated up, the session had to end... Powerlite Lighting Solutions at LuxLive, with their well-known track systems, now with LED spotlights and some other cool LED solutions for indoor and outdoor lighting! Check out Microlux and Sign Lights here. Rako Total Lighting Control Systems with their blobs and dimmers and systems for remotely controlling the lights, both switching and dimming them from your iOS device....great guys. You can find them on our site. Name and Shame #LuxLive2013 - the last session we sneak-peaked at, with proof pictures of light fittings installed incorrectly, ON still during the day, energy waste, etc. Today is the second day of #LuxLive2013, and you can visit the many booths of lighting manufacturers, lighting resellers, lighting designers, etc plus listen to the great talks and sessions they have available in more than 3 venues (including the one in the middle of the show!).And a big thank you to all the ones organizing the show and making it possible! :)

Aurora and Illuma among the Lux Magazine's 2013 UK Lighting Power List

We are big fans of Lux Magazine, both the website, the events they organize, and the magazine. PS. The Lux Magazine was a publication in the lighting industry - and it has now been discontinued.Monthly, they bring out the best and the latest in the Lighting Industry realm. The April 2013 Lux Magazine is out (not yet on their website), and one of the highlights is the Best of British Lighting Manufacturers list. Among these there were a few that we recognized, some of our friends at Aurora Group and Illuma Lighting. Aurora Group - Big and Getting Bigger Part of the Lux Magazine Power List (the big movers and shakers in the UK lighting business), Aurora Group manufactures pretty much almost everything when it comes to lighting. Our customers both in store and online are very happy with the quality and the amazing range of light fittings with new technologies incorporated in the Aurora lights. Where you can see them in action, as per Lux, is, Aurora's products have been used in an incredible range of settings, including McDonald's retrofits, the Olympic Park and Athletes' Village, British Airways flight simulators, a luxury hotel in Cape Verde, a Royal Mail sorting office in Northern Ireland, and thousands of shops around the world. You can check out the wide range of Aurora lights, many of which have revolutionized the lighting industry in the UK and in the world. Check out some of their display at the recent Lux Live show. Illuma Lighting - in the Spotlight  Illuma Lighting is best known for their track lights and spotlights, available in both mains and low voltage versions. They serve both domestic and export markets with light fittings for both retail, commercial, and leisure lighting. Their LED new spotlights and light fittings are rapidly becoming best selling ones, incorporating some of the latest LED technologies. One more thing that you didn't know (and neither did we) concerning Illuma, Illuma's recent projects include providing the lighting for the Ice Age 4D Experience at Alton Towers. On our website you can purchase a wide range of Illuma downlights, spot lights, track systems, and flood lights, with more LED spotlights coming soon as they also design them and manufacture them. Check out some of the amazing Illuma applications here, here, and here. Illuma is so sure of the quality of their lights that they offer a full 5 year warranty on all their lighting equipment!

What are Fire Rated Downlights and Where do we Need them?

You may have heard of fire rated downlights and may wonder, what are these, why do we need them, and where do we need them? This article attempts to answer some of these questions, to the best of our ability. There are many kinds of ceiling lights and one of the most popular is using downlights; these can be round or square, and the round ones are usually more popular. A downlight, to be more precise, is a ceiling light that is inserted into the ceiling and all you see is the round or square face that rests on the ceiling. It is not a surface-mounted light fitting or a flush fitting; it is inserted into the ceiling, and a hole needs to be cut out. On our website we have a large range of downlights, but there's a particular category called, Fire Rated Downlights. Read more to find out answers to the following questions:What is a Fire Rated Downlight?Where do I need a Fire Rated Downlight?How do Fire Rated Downlights Work?Can I put Insulation over a Fire Rated Downlight?What are the Fire Ratings of the Fire Downlights?What if I don't want a Fire Rated Downlight?Fire Rated vs. F-MarkAre the Downlights a Fire Risk?Where can I buy Fire Rated Downlights?What is a Fire Rated Downlight?A fire rated downlight is not just a regular downlight; it is a downlight that helps slow the spread of fire from the floor below to the floor above. Because downlights are inserted into the ceiling, the ceiling has to be cut; this hole reduces the fire protection of the ceiling. Because of the potential fire hazard created by cutting a hole into the plasterboard ceiling (for example), the downlight used needs to be fire rated so that it would maintain the fire protection of the ceiling. The plasterboard ceiling acts as a fire barrier, stopping the fire (at least for a while) from reaching the structure of the ceiling (which many times is wooden) and the floor above. In the event of a fire, the downlight hole can allow the fire to go to the next floor or the structure of the house, unless a fire rated downlight is installed. The fire rated downlights help seal off the hole and slow down the spread of the fire. Most of them are rated at 30, 60, or 90 minutes. The fire rated downlights play an important role in fire safety, for they block the hole cut into the ceiling when the intumescent pad expands and blocks the way.Where do I need a Fire Rated Downlight?Where do we need to install a fire rated downlight? According to the current regulations, they should be installed at least on the bottom floors, the floors that have occupants above them. It is recommended by the Electrical Safety Council that all the ceilings should have fire rated downlights, but at least the floors that have occupants above them need to have them. All electrical and installation work carried out at a commercial or residential property must adhere to the Building Regulations, where Part B covers Fire Safety (vol. 1 for domestic ceilings, vol 2 for buildings other than dwellings). How do Fire Rated Downlights Work?You may wonder how do the fire rated downlights work to help prevent the spread of fire and minimise the risk of structural damage to the house. A fire rated downlight has an intumescent material which melts or swells up to seal off the hole in which the downlight is installed, thus preventing the fire from spreading upward. Because the hole in which the downlight is installed poses a fire risk, the fire-rated downlight protects the structure of the building. A fire rated downlight doesn't block the way of the fire completely, but it delays the spread of the fire, allowing time for the occupants to leave and not allowing the fire to spread to the structure of the house or the floor above. Buy Fire Rated Downlights at SparksCan I put Insulation over a Fire Rated Downlight?In-between the floors, that is, above the ceiling and under the floor above, there is a thick layer of insulation. p>The thermal insulation keeps the heat from rising through the ceiling and insulates it. Most fire rated downlights cannot take thermal insulation above them, as it can create a potential fire hazard. It is not possible to cut around the downlight into the insulation, since it goes against Part L of the Building Regulations. There are such things as loft cups or insulation support boxes, and the EvoFire range of fire rated downlights from Integral LED together with the EFD pro downlights from Aurora Lighting allow the use of insulation above them. What are the Fire Ratings of the Fire Downlights?Not all fire rated downlights have the same fire rating. Most of them are rated for 30, 60, and 90-minute ceiling types, while others are rated for 120 ceiling types. A 30-minute ceiling is constructed from a 600mm joist centre with a single layer of 12.5mm thick plasterboard. A 60-minute ceiling is constructed from a 600mm joist centre with a double layer plasterboard which is 15mm thick. A 90-minute ceiling is constructed from a 450mm joist centre with a double layer plasterboard which is 150mm thick. In terms of where to put the fire rated downlights, you need to have at least a 39 or 60-minute fire rated downlight on the ground floor, a 60 or 90 minutes on the next floor, and so on. The fire rated downlights allow the upper floor dwellers to flee the fire before the fire spreads to their floor. Fire Rated vs. F-MarkSome of the downlights have an F-Mark while others are fire rated: what is the difference? The F-Mark refers to the fact that a downlight or a light fitting is suitable for mounting on normally flammable surfaces, such as wood, etc. It has nothing to do with fire rating. Purchasing an F-mark downlight does not mean that you have a fire rated downlight. Buy Taro Fire Rated DownlightWhat if I don't want a Fire Rated Downlight?Some customers like a particular design, finish, or aspect of a downlight, and that downlight is not fire-rated. He needs a fire rated fitting, but he doesn't like how they look, so they want to buy the ones they like. In this situation, you can purchase a fire hood. Fire hoods are to be installed above the downlight to protect from the risk of fire that comes with recessed downlights. It is recommended that fire rated downlights are used, but a fire hood can also do the trick. In all such decisions, however, it is best to follow the instructions of the electrician, who will have to sign off and make sure that any fire risk is covered. Are the Downlights a Fire Risk?No one wants to think of the worst-case scenario, but when it comes to installing new downlights or changing the old ones, it's best to consider it. Downlighters can be a fire risk, for especially the tungsten halogen lamps used can exceed 200 degrees Celsius, which is above the ignition temperature of many combustible materials. If there is no adequate ventilation for safe heat dissipation, such downlighters cannot be covered with thermal insulation nor can they be installed too close to combustible materials. Many of these problems are solved by LED lamps which do not overheat. However, when it comes to fire rating, it is recommended to use fire rated downlights in all the ceilings in order to prevent the spread of fire through the ceiling.Where can I buy Fire Rated Downlights?At Sparks we have a wide range of fire rated downlights by renown manufacturers such as Integral LED, Aurora Lighting, and Astro Lighting. You can order the Aurora fire rated downlights, the Integral LED EvoFire, and the Astro Lighting fire rated recessed lights on our website. For any further advice on the fire rated downlights, purchasing larger quantities of fire rated downlight fittings, and any other enquiries, do not hesitate to contact us. Our trade counter sales persons have decades of experience in helping customers like you to decide what fire rated downlights to use, and at Sparks we boast of the best prices in the UK for such items. Buy Integral LED EvoFire DownlightsRegulations and Further Reading on Fire Rated DownlightsWhy are downlighters a fire risk - Poorly installed downlighters (recessed luminaires) are the cause of a significant number of fires in homes every year. Read more via, the Electrical Safety Council. Downlight Safety - what are downlights and advice on safety while installing new downlights, via ESC. Fire safety: Approved Document B, Building regulation in England covering fire safety matters within and around buildings. Approved Document B (fire safety) volume 1: Dwellings, 2019 edition incorporating 2020 and 2022 amendments, and Approved Document B (fire safety) volume 2: Buildings other than dwellings, 2019 edition incorporating 2020 and 2022 amendments.