Regulations for lighting (recessed downlights)

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    I have new single storey kitchen extension with a V shaped pitched ceiling and roof, which has a 150mm void, and want to install some downlights.

    Please could someone confirm whether I need a fire-rated downlight (i.e. I am not sure if a ceiling/roof in my scenario, which does not have a living space above it, is covered by the regulations). I could not find the relevant section in the part B regulations booklet.

    Also, are the energy efficiency requirements that 1 in 4 lights need to be EE or 1 light per 25mm2 area, or do both these criteria have to be met? My extension is 50mm2 and so do I just need 2 EE lights, even though I will probably have 20 lights in total.
     
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    You'd only need to provide "top hats" if you have space above (i.e. another room).

    If you work it out based on floor area, then you'd only need 2 EE lights. If you work it out based on light fittings, then you'd need 5 of your 20 lights to be EE and as that's the greater amount, I'm pretty sure your BCO would run with that.
     
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    I spoke with my building regs chap today and he seemed pretty relaxed on the energy requirement and said 2 will be fine.

    I suppose strictly the regs do say 'or' and not 'the greater of'
     
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    Strictly speaking, you're incorrect... as I mentioned in my post :p Approved Document L1B (page 21) states...

    Take note of the part in bold. However, as your BCO has confirmed he'd only be looking for 2, then that's fine :)
     
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    Sorry DevilDamo, somehow missed the quoted bit in your previous post!

    I saw the 'or' in an 'advisory' page on one of the Goverment web sites, but clearly what the regulations themselves say is what's important.
     
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    Yeh... like when you're withdrawing cash from a cashpoint with your credit card... you pay £2.50 or 2.5%, whichever is greater. Althought that is a VERY bad example, you know what I mean :LOL:

    If your BCO requested 5 but you were only reluctant to provide 2, then as per the reg's, you have no leg to stand on but if he has only asked for 2, then only provide what he has requested :) May be a good idea for him to make a note on the file just incase another BCO doesn't pick it up if they come out to inspect if for whatever reason your BCO isn't around. But I'm sure it'll be fine :)
     
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