Is it OK to put insulation over downlights?

Is it OK to put insulation over downlights?

As you’ve no doubt guessed, non-fire rated LED downlights cannot be covered by insulation directly. This means a cover must be fitted before quilt insulation is installed over the fitting. A fire retardant cover such as the Loft Lid will solve this problem.

What does insulation coverable mean?

Insulation coverable means it allows you to lay insulation directly over your downlights saving energy, and money. It stops the warm air from escaping through the holes created by the recessed downlights. Rolled insulation is a large blanket of insulation that are made from either fibreglass or cotton.

Can I cover fire rated LED downlights with insulation?

The short answer is that in most cases you cannot just cover fire rated downlights with insulation. Fire rated downlights are essential for safety but it is important to remember that they still need lots of air both around and over them in order that they can dissipate the heat created from the lamps inside.

Can insulation go over LED lights?

Upgrading to LED bulbs in existing fittings will save on electricity but does not allow insulation to cover them. Insulation can only be installed over LED downlights that are approved to do so.

Do LED fixtures need insulation?

Answer: While LEDs run much cooler than incandescents, their electronic components and external heat sinks do get quite hot; you would still need to keep the insulation away from your fixtures.

Can you put downlights in Kingspan?

Kingspan Insulation is such a high performing insulation that if you place a downlight or spotlight directly into it without taking appropriate precautions, then there will be little chance for heat generated by the lighting to dissipate.

Are downlights safe?

There are major electrical dangers in a roof space, particularly when downlights are involved. Halogen downlights are safe when installed correctly alongside insulation and in accordance with AS3999 amendment 1 (March 2012) which outlines the installation of insulation.

Are fire hoods required for LED downlights?

If your LED spotlights are fire rated, then the answer is no (this will be indicated on either the packaging or can be checked on the manufacturers website). The purpose of a fire hood is to stop or slow down the passage of fire, through the holes cut in the ceiling that the downlight sits in.

Do you need insulation in light fixture?

TL:DR; Yes, that insulation should be there – it’s for your safety.

What are insulation coverable downlights?

Insulation coverable downlights allow you to place thermal insulation directly on top of them. More information about insulation coverable downlights. Choose between a selection of our most popular GU10 LEDs, or order the downlights on their own.

Can I cut the insulation around the downlight hole?

Cutting around thermal insulation isn’t a recommended practice as it renders it inefficient and allows valuable heat to escape through the downlight hole. Aurora have pioneered thermal insulation coverable downlights and designed the EFD-Pro which is superseded the Sola (AU-UNIF) and the DLM range of high performance fire rated downlights.

Do led downlights need to be covered?

There are two types of standard LED downlights; fire rated and non-fire rated. Now, fire rated downlights don’t necessarily need a cover for heat or safety reasons, as these fittings have been designed so that quilt insulation can be installed directly over the top without causing any undue risk.

What’s new with Aurora downlights?

Another innovation by Aurora is the insulation coverable range of downlights which started off with the Sola fire rated range (now superseded by the EFD Pro series). They are fitted with an IC (insulation cover) cap which allows continuous thermal insulation to be laid over them.