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Downlights – a common safety hazard found during Building Inspections

Low voltage flush mount downlights are common in modern and renovated homes. These fittings generate large amounts of heat and can pose a possible fire risk when not installed properly. Where insulation is present, suitable ‘fire rated’ fittings should be installed. They should be free from lose material such as insulation, timber framing members, debris or stored items.

A building inspection in Willoughby revealed poorly installed downlight as seen below. Cardboard is not a suitable fire-rated downlight housing!

Building Inspection in Willoughby reveals major fire hazard from poorly installed downlight

Building Inspection reveals major fire hazard in roof space - poorly installed downlight