Spot / Downlight wind

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by uncle sam, Dec 2, 2019 at 8:58 PM.

  1. uncle sam

    uncle sam Member

    I have a front extention for an enterence way with a flat roof. It has 2 downlight that light the area well but i can really feel the wind coming through them.

    They are probably fairly old so thinking to replace them with modern ones.

    Are they are kind that are really sealed up to stop a breeze coming in or would all modern ones prevent this as standard?
  2. xednim

    xednim Active Member

    fixed led type yes, but if you will get different type that is not air tight you can stuff the void with rockwool
  3. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    Pop out one of the lights and you may find that it’s just a cheap ‘pressed’ type fitting that is simply a lamp holder and a bezel that sits on the ceiling - not much else to stop the wind blowing through

    If so, (?), change fittings to ‘Fire Rated’ downlights

    May not actually need fire rated in this position but they’re generally better constructed and quality and enclosed (do have air holes for heat to escape but shouldn’t be a problem)

    Could go a stage further and buy IP Fire Rated as these have a glass cover over lamp so even more sealed against drafts

    Of course, to prevent drafts, any downlights needs to fit snuggly into ceiling cut out holes

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