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What are Fire Rated Downlights?

The ceiling is an important fire barrier, helping to slow the spread of a fire between floors. The plaster boards that form part of a ceiling take 30 minutes to be burnt through - this is a 30 minute fire rating, but these are often doubled up to provide a 60 minute fire rating, or they can be tripled for 90 minutes.

When installing downlights, a hole needs to be made in the plaster board. This creates a weakness, an edge for a fire to grab hold of faster and burn through. When installed correctly, fire rated downlights will maintain the fire rating of the ceiling, providing peace of mind for both electricians and residents. This happens via the intumescent material in the downlight which will swell to seal the hole.

Ansell iCage Downlights are renowned for their intelligent fire rated technology. They have been fully tested in 30, 60 and 90 minute ceilings, and are available in a range of colours, styles and lamp types. iCage downlights have also been designed to meet Building Regulations Part C and E, with a moisture seal and increased sound resistance between floors. You can also use the iBox Insulation Protector to safely cover them in insulation without creating another hazard.

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The downlights are quick and easy to install and are either inclusive of both MR16 and GU10 lamp holders, or dedicated low energy models with a spring loaded GU10 Lamp Holder, both with a fantastic Twistlock ring for ease of lamp replacement. Zones 1 and 2 and IP65 Rated iCage Downlights are even suitable for bathroom lighting and with four classic colours available, the iCage is everything you need for stylish, safe and energy saving lighting in the home or business. Furthermore,  they have a lifetime guarantee... Genius!

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So, in a nutshell.... fire rated downlights maintain the fire rating of a ceiling via intumescent material which swells to seal the hole, hence, slowing down the spread of fire.

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