Where To Use Fire Rated Downlights

by Chris Bawden
Where To Use Fire Rated Downlights

Fire-rated downlights are a fantastic lighting choice that both look stunning and provide an extra layer of protection to your home.

The Look

Fire rated downlights create a soft, warm, ambient light that is generally considered to be preferable when compared to starker lights. They are also an excellent way of maximising the space you have available. As no light fitting or lampshade needs to protrude into the room itself, they can help the room appear to be larger and more modern. Additionally, downlights can either lay flush against the ceiling or even be recessed if you so choose, allowing you to experiment with a variety of looks.

The Safety

The safety provided by fire-rated downlights is not to be overlooked. Fire-rated downlights are able to securely cover the hole in the ceiling that is required for a light installation, and can prevent fire from spreading to upper floors as a result. Most fire-rated downlights are rated to British Safety Standards that ensure protection for up to 90 minutes.

So where should you use them?

Realistically, you can use fire-rated downlights anywhere you wish to, providing there is room for the installation on the upper ceiling level. However, you will likely find that fire-rated downlights are most beneficial in the following areas…


You can use multiple, smaller fire-rated downlights to help “map” a lighting route down a hallway. The hall will be illuminated for the length of the space, rather than being reliant on a single light-fitting that can often leave the ends of the hall feeling dark.


Fire-rated downlights are an excellent choice for kitchens for two reasons. First and foremost, the fact that they do not require a lampshade or fitting to be suspended from the ceiling helps to preserve space, allowing for the installation of extractor fans or pot-hanging racks. Secondly, of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen is by far the most likely origin point for a fire to start. As a result, the extra safety protection from the fire-rating will be most beneficial in this area.


In the bathroom, fire-rated downlights are extremely beneficial. As the lights are LEDs, they will not need to be replaced often, which is safer for you. Replacing lights in the bathroom is always a challenging task due to the high level of water the room is exposed to, so the less you have to replace the bulbs, the better! Secondly, fire-rated downlights are also preferable in the bathroom due to their simplistic nature. As they lay flush against the ceiling, you won’t need to grab a stepladder to wipe moisture in the way you would with a regular light fitting. With fire-rated downlights, one swipe over the surface of the light, and you’re done.

In conclusion

Ultimately, you can install fire-rated downlights wherever you wish to install them. Their benefits are universal; the fire-rating provides excellent peace of mind, the aesthetics are incredibly attractive, and they do not need to be replaced as frequently as conventional bulbs. So whether you choose to install fire rated downlights in the rooms as mentioned above or throughout your entire house, there’s no doubt you’ll be delighted with the results.


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