Fire rated downlights necessary

2 Mar 2009
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United Kingdom
I am considering fitting low voltage halogen downlights in one of the downstairs rooms in a detached house, above which is one of the bedrooms.

Do I need to fit fire rated lights?
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The ceiling will be a fire barrier if it is between two separate fire compartments. It will prevent fire from spreading from one area to another for a specified time.

For domestic properties the only common ones are the ceiling of an integral garage, or the ceiling between separate flats, or if the building is 3 or more storeys.

The ceilings in a normal house are NOT fire barriers. You do not need fire rated downlighters.
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And for the cynical realists out there, somewhere between two of the floors in a 2-storey house with a loft conversion will be where a fire door was temporarily installed while the BCO did his final inspection...

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