What are downlight covers used for?

Downlight covers are used to cover downlights in ceilings to reduce their effect on the building envelope. When a downlight is installed with a cold space above it, heat from the room below escapes and cold air gets into the inhabited room. This decreases the efficiency of loft or ceiling insulation by up to 30%. Installing downlight covers stop this heat from escaping by filling the gaps between the light fitting and the plasterboard. Downlight covers prevent heat loss and ultimately save money by making your home more energy efficient.

Downlight covers, also known as downlight hoods, allow for continuous insulation over and around the light fitting which improves the effectiveness of insulation and so meets building regulations. Some insulation is combustible too so by isolating the light fitting, you isolate the light from combustible material which could otherwise contribute to the outbreak of a fire.

Downlight covers: 

  • Increase insulation efficiency
  • Reduce the amount of warm air leaking from a heated room
  • Isolate the lights from potential fire risks
  • Keep out spiders, insects, dust and dirt from the room below
  • Prevent water vapour from going into cold spaces and rotting any timber

Downlight covers are easy to fit and we recommend using them alongside LED downlights to get the most energy savings across the set up. 

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