What does IP rated mean?
Some locations such as bathrooms and exteriors require a Light fitting to have a minimum IP rating in order to be safe to operate in that particular location.
The first digit refers to the products ingress rating against solid particles. The second digit refers to the products ingress rating against liquids. Please see table below:
Can Original BTC or Davey Lighting products be used externally?
Lights with a rating of IP44 or IP43 are suitable for all exterior locations as long as there is no risk of water jets being used for cleaning purposes, direct contact from heavy seas or any risk of being submerged (Uplighters installed in for example). Refer to the table below for further information on IP ratings.
Are the exterior Davey Lighting products suitable for installation in Marine or Coastal locations?
‘Galvanised’ Iron fittings, are dipped and coated in a layer of zinc that creates a physical barrier between the iron and the air. This provides a good degree of corrosion resistance in normal external conditions, but is not suitable for marine or coastal locations. This is because constant exposure to corrosive salty air will eventually corrode the galvanised layer and expose the raw iron underneath, which will cause it to rust.
Natural (untreated) aluminium has very good corrosion resistance in most external conditions, as it produces a layer of Aluminium Oxide when exposed to the air, which acts as a protective layer, preventing further oxidation. In corrosive marine locations, Aluminium may develop superficial ‘pitting’ and discolouration, but generally has good durability. Anodised finishes (such as the anodised version of the Mast Light) further enhance aluminium’s corrosion resistance as well as providing a more durable finish with regards to maintaining its aesthetic appearance.
Will Original BTC and Davey Lights produced from Copper and Brass Patinate and ‘weather’ over time?
When installed outdoors, Copper and Brass are likely to weather and develop darker patinas, which can range from darker shades of Brass/Copper to a very dark brown tone and eventually green.
When installed indoors, a darker patina or ‘tarnish’ might develop on the surface. This can be removed by using a suitable metal polish if desired.
Are there any pendants that are suitable for use outside, such as under a porch?
Can I connect Davey Lighting products to a PIR motion/light sensor?
Yes, these sensors are available from DIY/Electrical stores and may be connected to any external light fitting.
Do you produce any emergency lighting products?
Yes, the 7530 bulkhead is available in non maintained and maintained emergency supply options. Our standard bulkhead fittings with G24 lampholders are suitable for emergency conversion on site using a remote emergency pack (available from emergency lighting suppliers/electrical wholesalers). For project enquiries requiring custom solutions to providing emergency versions of one of our products please contact us to discuss the viability of providing an emergency solution for your requirements.
Can you produce bespoke items?
Variations of existing products and bespoke products are possible; please contact email@example.com to discuss your project requirements.
Can Original BTC, Davey Lighting and Beadlight lights be used in a Bathroom?
This depends on what bathroom ‘zone’ you plan to install your light fitting. Bathrooms are divided into zones and depending on what zone you intend to install your light fitting in, determines what, if any ‘ingress protection’ level (IP rating) is required from the fitting.
Refer to the diagram below for guidance on the zoned areas.
In zone 1 and 2, light fittings should have a minimum level of IPX4 (splash proof). If they are likely to be cleaned using water jets (including direct contact from a shower or hose) they should have a minimum level of IPX5.
When it comes to sink basins, the area that is inside a 60cm radius from the water outlet eg taps is considered as zone 2. If you wish to install a light fitting outside the 60cm radius and the proposed location is 1.2m or more from a bath/shower, then the area is classed as ‘unzoned’ and therefore does not require a greater IP rating than IP20.
Any light fitting intended for bathroom use, must be installed by a qualified electrician and connected to a 30mA RCD final circuit. If in any doubt, it is recommended they are consulted over the suitability of a Light fitting for bathroom installation prior to ordering.