Downlights can some times be refereed to as spot light but the term most electricians will use is down lights, they are a flush fitting and here at Trade Facilities Services we have decided to give you a little more information in regards to down lights or spot lights before you consider having them installed.
The most common question is how many downlights do I need?
This can come down to personal preference and most people generally have more downlights fitted than what is required, they have the Spot Lights either split onto different circuits or the switch swapped for a dimmer switch, using these methods are often better as mood lighting can be created. It is also nice to be able to have down lights in different places like in the kitchen under units and over the worktop this gives good light from the spot Light to ensure good clean surfaces it is also a nice way to create mood lighting for a dinner party.
However when considering the amount of down lights, you must remember the following factors must be included when considering how many Spotlights you want installed. This is generally what we say at Trade Certificates say is the rule of thumb.
- Ensure downlights are 600mm away from walls and into the room
- Downlights should be between 900m and 1200mm apart from each other
What are best 12v, 240v or LED downlights?
There is no best option when deciding on 12v or 240v downlights but is what we at Trade Facilities Services recommend is that if it is with in your budget choose LED lights as they are more efficient and the LED light bulbs are longer lasting.
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Do downlights need to be fire rated, acoustic rated or IP Rated?
In a short and simple way of putting it, we at Trade facilities Services say yes as it it usually a important part of the warranty also is what you have to remember is the ceilings are an important part of a fire barrier that help prevent fire from spreading, so if you are cutting several holes in the ceiling then the integrity of that fire barrier will be hugely reduced due to the holes from the down lights.
Installing fire rated Spotlights will help to protect and reinstall part of the fire barrier that was reduced by the holes that were drilled out for the installation of the down lights. using these lights will also help with noise pollution and aids building regs when it comes to complying with the basic standard of workmanship in the UK for having flush fitted ceilings lights installed. In most cases when installing your fire rated downlights you will increase the fire barrier by up to 90 minutes which is a government standard.
Fire Rated down lights are more expensive than non fire rated downlights, although it is a bas decision to go with a cheaper option as it is only your safety that is at risk and cosmetically there is no difference what so ever. Not only this but in most situations building regulations will require downlights to be fire rated and therefore a good electrician will automatically provide a price which inlcudes fire rated products
The other option for downlights is whether to have IP rated downlights or not, this is a requirement in certain zones of a property in the electrical regulations BS7671, The usual place for IP rated zones is in the bathroom but can generally be found in other rooms such as shower rooms and other types of rooms where there is a water supply.
Things you should know before you choose your electrician
Competency standards in the UK are defined by the Sector Skills council Summit Skills. Qualifications certificated by awarding organisations such as City and Guilds and EAL are based on these National Occupational Standards. Once qualified and demonstrating the required level of competence an Electrician can register with the JIB (Joint industry Board) for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) card. Electrical competence is required at Level 3 to practice as an electrician in the UK. The electrical industry is one of the few that require a trade test to be achieved prior to being fully qualified. This is known as the AM2.
An Electrician can demonstrate further competence by studying further qualifications in Design and Verification of Electrical Installations or in the Test and Inspection of Electrical Installations. These qualifications can be listed on the reverse of the JIB card. If you require a downlight or spotlight installation please do not hesitate to call Trade Facilities Services on 02036371446