Anyone tried these plastic downlighter insulation covers?

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  1. SmileyDan

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    Well I've been getting familiar with all the different solutions for covering downlighters in the loft such that insulation can be laid over the top.

    There are a few standard options:

    http://www.alertelectrical.com/prod...0-galvanised-steel-downlight-insulation-guard

    http://www.electricpoint.com/aico-alc274-loftcap-downlight-cover.html

    ... oh and don't forget the trusty terracotta pot!

    However now I've found: http://www.downlightsdirect.co.uk/aurora-50mm-insulation-cover-cap.html

    Why would anyone use the £10/cap jobbies when these are available? Anyone used these before?
     
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    Those 3 alternatives are not equivalent, so the answer to your question would be that people would use the £10 ones if that's what they needed, e.g if they didn't have LED lights, or if they needed fire protection, or if they needed to seal them to the ceiling.

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    Ok, apologies for my simplistic tone... Didn't mean to suggest people using the more expensive ones were silly!

    I think you can seal those plastic ones with mastic, right? Actually I think I saw some of the same on another website which did have some sort of anchor.

    My understanding on that topic is that these *must* be fastened to the ceiling below in case they are ever moved by mistake.

    So these are ok for LEDs only then? Due to clearances?
     
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    Those caps are spevcifically designed for some of Aurora's LED downlights.
    Specifically to Aurora M10 DOB LED downlight.

    The M10 DOB is designed to be buried in insulation if that cap is in place. Other downlights may not be so tolerant.....

    They may fit other lights but are not a universal solution.
     
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    You'll need an awful lot of mastic to fill all these holes in.

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    "Sealing" is not just "fastening" - depending on application you might need the whole thing to be airtight.


    "Can be used with the Aurora M10 DOB LED downlight and more"

    They look a bit small to be used for halogen lights. But you would always check the instructions for any light other than the Aurora M10 DOB LED downlight to see what clearances were needed, wouldn't you?
     
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    Ok, thanks guys.
     
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