Downlights are a charming way to spruce up the lighting in your home. Despite this, incorrectly fitting a downlight can lead to some seriously bad consequences, this is because they are the cause of a significant amount of house fires. Due to these dangers, you must hire a trained professional. The group of electricians that we have at MT Electrical, can install LED lighting as well as fire alarm systems in the rare case that the worst was to happen to assure your safety.
What is a Downlight?
Downlights are light fixtures that are usually installed into hollow openings in ceilings, this is to make the illusion that the lights are coming directly from the ceiling, it also makes your home look at lot neater and professional as there are no dangling lights that anyone could hit their head on!
What are the Types of Downlights?
Downlights operate via a transformer at the extra-low voltage at about 12 Volts or at mains voltage which is around 230 Volts. The extra-low voltage downlights are described as ‘low-voltage’ on the packaging. Some downlights are described as ‘Fire rated’. This means that they contain a built-in fire-protection safety system that, in the event of a fire, seals the downlight in the room below. This is to keep you safe by preventing the spread of smoke and fire of going through the rest of the house.
Electrical Safety First recommends that ‘fire rated’ downlights should be fitted with aluminium reflector lamps to ensure fire and excessive heat are kept out of any crevasse to keep you safe, this is for all downlights that are installed onto a ceiling.
How to Install a Downlight
We at MT Electrical Services, recommend that you always should get a professional electrician to install any electrics into your house for your own health and safety but also to guarantee that the job that needs doing can be done to look complete, without any amateur cracks or bumps in your walls, flooring or ceiling. Here are some safety tips for when installing a downlight.
- Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Check the packaging and the downlighter for information of the correct replacement lamps and do not go over the advised wattage.
- Turn of any electrical routes to be safe when switching your lamps.
- Make sure you do not fit a dichroic reflector lamp unless your downlight is designed for that type of lamp.
- If your lamp holder is damaged in any way, do not try to ft or install anything, make sure you get a trained electrician to have a look at it.