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robd

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Morning all

Been to a job that's got old non fire rated downlights, LEDs retrofitted but nothing to a) stop things from sitting directly on top of the lamps which still get fairly warm and b) to allow the insulation to be laid properly in loft without covering and touching said lamps.

Looking for a downlight cover, have fitted them before both the fibre type ones and the plastic type box things. Just wondered if anyone had a recommendation for price or ones they like using as haven't really found anything great on google and the fibre ones were about 7 or 8 quid last time I used them. Need 20 odd so would rather use the plastic ones at somewhere around 5 quid a time...if I can find them.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Charlie_

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Surely it would be less hassle and cost less to replace the fittings for the type that you think should be in there?
 

robd

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Surely it would be less hassle and cost less to replace the fittings for the type that you think should be in there?
Not really can't justify it, covers @ say £6 a light max plus a couple of hours labour is a lot less than swapping them all out when there isn't really anything wrong with what's there. Either way it's better if they aren't covered over with insulation where they are touching the fitting, I know there are some fittings that can be covered but I usually supply those at around £25 a light plus labour.
 

Rpa07

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199BC0D4-E28D-4E87-A482-6A2FB183121A.jpeg Nature’s bounty - I really have no idea how they can charge so much for very simple moulded covers made of something that doesn’t burn. Ridiculous
 

robd

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I was on a job when downlights were all halogen and we used to fit the hoods, the builder said I'm not paying for them I'll sort it. He put plastic plant pots on top and several of them melted, classic
 
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Nature’s bounty - I really have no idea how they can charge so much for very simple moulded covers made of something that doesn’t burn. Ridiculous
Even got a hole in the top to release the heat if the tops sit above the insulation.
 
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Octopus

I recently used plastic covers from Thermahood .... To stop lose insulation coming into contact with downlights

would recommend them
 

robd

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Definitely should have tried harder at school :D
 
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Octopus

You can buy a light fitting for £5,
But most of them don't like to be covered in loft insulation either...
 

Charlie_

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With the gu10 tin hat type fittings the loft insulation isn’t really a major issue as the heat can be dissipated out the front unless it’s an enclosed fitting
 

robd

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I don't really know what you mean by tin hat?

The issue really was that customer wants to reinsulate loft and I wanted to put covers over the lights that are there so they can roll the insulation across. The ones that are there are basically just a lamp held in by the old spring clips with just a ring that you can see from below but nothing above. Don't want to change the fittings as some people have mentioned as that's more labour and materials for what is s pretty basic job of fitting some covers above to keep the insulation off the lights.
 
terracotta plant pots
 

Charlie_

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Tin hats, tin cans, fire rated fittings..
The gu10 ones only cost a fiver and ones such as the aurora EFD PRO are designed to be ok buried under insulation..
I think I would definitely be able to change all the fittings quicker than I could crawl round the loft faffing about with hoods
 
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Octopus

Fire rated,
That still doesn't mean you can cover them in 10 inches of itchy!
 
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