Apr 21, 2009 11:22 am
Hi all. Our local Current Affairs show last night had a story on how downlights are a fire risk. They say that there's one fire a week caused by downlights.
We're planning on having lots of downlights throughout our new house. What's the risk? Is it if you install them yourself? (which we're not planning on doing). Is the type of insulation a problem? Are there better types of downlights that aren't as risky as others?
I don't want our new house burning down just because we wanted pretty lighting!
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Re: Downlights a fire risk?2
Apr 21, 2009 12:12 pm
This has been discussed before as it's quite important. Check out this thread :
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Re: Downlights a fire risk?3
Apr 21, 2009 12:17 pm
To avoid fire risk, don't use the low voltage downlights (the ones come with transformers), instead ask your builder to use the CFL (Compact Flourecent Lamp) 240 volts ones. Also, make sure that the lights are in a safe distance from your ceiling insulation.
Re: Downlights a fire risk?4
Apr 21, 2009 1:32 pm
They changed the standards about 12 months back because of the fire issue. Any new downlights installed have to be a certain distance away from flammable material or have a heat proof cover installed over them.
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