Some of the best fire-rated downlights, tested and approved according to the highest UK standards, are those manufactured by Aurora Lighting. Recently they have posted a blog post concerning the requirements, the specifications, and the testing of their fire-rated lights, and we deem it necessary to glean bits and pieces of very useful information for you, our customer and visitor. Stay tuned as you read the article: the best bits are at the end! Why do we Need Fire Rated Downlights? First of all, why do we need to install fire-rated downlights? The Building Regulations in the UK require fire protection for certain types of premises. You can check out Document B (fire safety, approved document, see it online here), where we see that residential homes, flats, sheltered housings, health care premises, schools, universities, student accommodations, shops, assembly and recreational buildings, etc all need to have fire protection recessed lights. Depending on the building construction, most ceilings in houses with more than one floor needs to have fire-rated lights. What's so Special about Fire Rated Lights? So, what do the fire-rated downlights do? If there's a fire on a certain level of a building, the principle of the fire-rated downlights is that they don't allow the spreading of the fire to the floors or spaces above. This means that the downlights have a special construction that blocks the spreading of the fire and, instead of weakening the fire protection of the ceiling, it "fills the hole" in the ceiling to protect the space above. Read more about the fire-rated downlights here. What Fire-Rated Downlight Do I Need? There are different types of fire-rated downlights, and there are different requirements for the various types of buildings and types of construction. The basement for instance, if it is residential, needs a 30-60 minutes fire rating, while the basement in a flat or any other residential building needs 90 minutes fire protection. When it comes to the ground level and above, depending on the height of the floor, in general in the residential buildings you need 60 minutes fire rated downlights, and in flats and other residential buildings you sometimes need a fire protection for up to 120 minutes. Check out the diagram supplied by Aurora above to find out more precise details. How do these Fittings Work and How are They Tested? The fire-rated downlights contain a special intumescent material which, in case of fire and extreme heat, expands and enlarges until it bridges the downlight can's ventilation hole. The maintaining of the fire resistance of the ceiling is integral when the intumescent material expands and blocks the expansion of the fire on the floor/space above the ceiling. In a nutshell, see below a picture describing this process. How does Aurora Lighting test their fire-rated downlights? Check out the picture supplied by them below and see a little about the process of testing: the test furnace, inside the furnace, the ceiling construction, the installation, board the ceiling, begin the testing, test monitoring, the success of the test, and the final results - PASS! In conclusion, a big thank you to the good people at Aurora Lighting for their explanations, and don't forget to visit the fire rated ceiling lights section on our website at to see a complete range of fire protection downlights from Aurora.
IP65 Fire Rated GU10 Fixed Round Downlight with Matt White Bezel Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93MW
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This is the Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93MW white fixed round fire rated IP65 downlight, part of the EFD™ PRO, the new range of Aurora stylish and professional fire rated GU10 downlights. It is also fitted with our latest push-fit terminal block for even faster installation.
IP65 Fire Rated GU10 Round Fixed Downlight with Matt White Bezel - Specs
- Model: Aurora EN-DLM981X+BZ93MW, coming complete with bezel.
- Push-fit terminal block with loop in/loop out for installation
- Interchangeable twist & lock bezels available in white, matt white, polished chrome and satin nickel; this particular one comes in matt white.
- Fixed round downlight: non-tilting recessed fitting.
- Finish: matt white round bezel
- IP rating: IP65 rated
- Fire rated downlight: Tested in 30, 60 and 90 min fire rated ceilings
- Fire tested with solid timber, ijoist and metal web joists
- Warranty: 5 year warranty
- Input voltage: mains voltage, 220-240V AC
- Overall diameter: 90mm
- Height: 90mm
- Cutout diameter: 75mm
- Lamp base: it takes 1x GU10 lamp, not included
- The LED lamp needs to be ordered separately.
- Weight: 0.161kg
|Mains Voltage 240V
|30, 60 and 90 minutes
|Number of Lamps
|1, 2, and 3
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