Downlighting.net have large stocks of fire rated downlights, which can stop the spread of a fire between floors. Once a hole is cut into the ceiling, it loses its fire stopping capability allowing the fire to spread between floors through the hole. Fire rated downlights have a special material called an intumescent strip attached to it. In case of fire, the high temperatures cause a chemical reaction in this strip causing it to expand and bridge the hole stopping the fire spreading through it.
For commercial applications, new builds and for properties that are rented out, all downlights must be fire rated when installed in a ceiling with living accommodation above. The minimum fire rating is generally 60 minutes but 90 minutes is desirable. In other situations, it is entirely up to you but we would always recommend using fire rated down lights when there is living accommodation above.
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