What's the risk?
Down lights and Fire Risk
Every year in New Zealand, there are almost 5,000 house fires¹.
Fire can be caused by insulation covering your down lights.
It's more common than you think: take a look at some of the unsafe down lights we've encountered:
The New Zealand Building Code requires insulation to be pulled away from all old, non-rated down lights². If you want to be fire safe, you have to live with massive gaps in your insulation. This will make your summers hot, your winters freezing, and your family sick.
Because our homes are so bad at retaining heat, New Zealand has one of the highest hospital admissions rates for asthma in OECD countries³.
What can be done?
One way to overcome this problem is to remove all down lights, re-gib over the holes, plaster and sand the spots, repaint the ceiling, install pendant lights, and reinstate the missing insulation.
Here's a breakdown of what you'd expect to pay for this method: