Specially designed for use in sloped ceilings or fitting into a 100mm floor
Downlights ups and downs
Downlights add a lot to the aesthetics & ambience of our homes.
The trouble is they can cost us more than we think!
It’s not just the lights themselves including the lamps (bulbs) and fittings; there’s also the running cost of the electricity.
The install can be 50w lamps with 6, 10 or 20 per room and seldom fewer than 4 per room.
But that is not all, because downlights are a very weak point in the fight against heat loss.
Downlights can reduce the effectiveness of loft insulation by as much as 30%, owing to gaps in the insulation around the lights.
Uncovered downlights create what we at Thermahood call “heat-loss highways” – through which your precious heat will escape!
This shows what happens in a typical house containing downlights with no covers.
Close-up view showing how air leaks at each downlight fitting with attendant heat loss
More Bad News!
Missing insulation and these “heat-loss highways” contribute to other problems in the home that can be difficult to assess – never mind fix!
Condensation created when warm and cold air meet, or simply generated in the kitchen or bathroom, can cause rotting timbers & roof damage. Furthermore, damp, condensation and mould are linked to health risks.
Uncovered downlights also undermine our efforts to block out unwanted noise. (Part E – Building Regulations)
Pest infiltration: flies, spiders and all manner of creepy crawlies are drawn to light and can then make their way into your home.
Rodents are attracted to the heat and can nest nearby – they leave droppings that can end up in the face of the person changing a fitting or just a lamp!
Air quality is degraded because of dust contamination – and concern at the resulting health risks of this is growing all the time.
Tradesmen – Occupational Hazards?!
At Thermahood we recognise all the above problems as significant not only for the householder but for tradesmen especially working in these environments on a regular basis.