New fire rated downlights
A new range of fire rated downlights designed for commercial applications have been launched to market. The range benefits from a patented UTEKTON System that seals the ceiling aperture in the event of a fire and an easy to install ceiling clamp fixing system. This unique combination allows twin lamp downlights to be installed whilst retaining the BRE fire rating for 30, 60 and 90 minutes. In addition, the new fire rated downlights can be installed without the need for a firehood helping save both time and costs.
When an installer punctures a hole into a ceiling to fit a downlight the panel loses its fire integrity allowing smoke and fire to spread to the upper level. However installing fire rated downlights can provide a solution.
Most fire rated downlights currently on the market use a traditional intumescent strip. In the event of a fire this strip expands to fill ventilation holes in the downlights and any gaps around the fitting itself. However, intumescent strips are expensive and can degrade over time affecting the original fire performance levels.