What are the Commercial Building Regulations for LED Panel Lights?
24th July 2018
Are you being asked to supply Panel Lights that comply with Building Regulations?
Building Regulations apply to new buildings, extensions to existing buildings and change of use which may affect the compliance of the building. Building Regulations require that, where the luminaire forms part of the internal ceiling lining of the building, it must restrict the spread of fire over their surfaces.
Look for LED Panel Lights with flammability-rated diffusers
If you are required to supply Panel Lights that comply with Building Regulation BS 5266, which specifically relates to Panel diffusers, LED Panel Lights with TP(a) and TP(b) flammability-rated diffusers can be installed with confidence.
A flammability-rated diffuser on a LED Panel Light can make all the difference. A diffuser with no flammability rating can melt in the event of a fire, causing combustion on surfaces and risking the safety of the occupants in a building.
TP(a) flammability-rated diffusers
Panel Lights with TP(a) rated diffusers, however, have a slower burn time as the diffuser material self-extinguishes, with any flame or afterglow lasting five seconds or less once the flame is removed. There is no restriction to the extent of use of Panel Lights with TP(a) rated diffusers, so they can be installed in areas that require minimal spacing between each Panel, such as fire exit routes.
TP(b) flammability-rated diffusers
Panels with TP(b) rated diffusers can be used in open areas, as if the diffuser material combusts, the spread of the flame will be no more than 50mm per minute. When installed, there are limitations on total area coverage and spacing between the Panel Lights.
Ensure compliance with NET LED’s range of LED Panel Lights
Both our TP(a) and TP(b) rated diffusers have been independently tested by the LIA, ensuring compliance and peace of mind. Additionally, our team of lighting designers have been trained by the LIA to offer you comprehensive lighting designs and advice for your lighting project.