Electrical safety and downlights

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Downlights are considered by some to be one of the most stylish and attractive ways of lighting your property. But unfortunately, poorly installed downlights are the cause of a significant number of fires every year. So understanding how to stay safe with downlights is imperative. Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s primary electrical experts. And we work across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors to provide high quality, effective electrical solutions. This includes maintenance, repairs, safety and installations. As a result, we have produced this guide to electrical safety and downlights.

Electrical safety and downlights

When it comes to electrical safety, there are two things you should consider regarding downlights. These are:

  • the type of downlighter
  • the installation

The type of downlighter

There are a couple of different types of downlighter you can purchase. But the safest option for any office, hallway or reception area are the fire rated downlights. These downlights have in-built fire protection to completely seal the downlighter in the event of fire in the room below, to prevent the spread of fire and smoke into other areas. This can restrict the amount of fire damage you will face, and it could help to save lives.

The installation

The second part of keeping safe with downlights, is the installation. You should hire a professional, qualified and registered electrician to install any downlights in your home. This is because the installation needs to follow the manufacturers instructions, and be completely safe. Otherwise you could be leaving your property open to electrical risks. And if you are a Landlord or a company, this could even void your insurance.

Check your existing lights

If you already have downlights, or you inherited them when you purchased the property, it is a good idea to check them over. You can:

  • make sure that there are no visible signs of overheating around the lights or fixtures, or the surrounding ceiling
  • make sure there is enough space between the downlights and the ceiling cavities
  • make sure that downlights are not in contact with or covered by loft insulation or combustible material

For more information or advice, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Walker Electrical.