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Downlight cover meets F-Capped standard

The latest addition to the Aico Loftcap range - a compact cone version for use with smaller downlights - has been accredited with the F Capped standard.

Loftcaps are designed to overcome thermal and vapour transmission to loft voids

after the fitting of downlights into a ceiling. In accordance with Building Regulations Approved Document L, which calls for uninterrupted coverage of thermal insulation in loft spaces to minimise heat loss, Loftcaps can be entirely - and safely - covered with thermal insulation. The awarding of the Capped F standard provides independent verification of this.

To meet the rigorous F capped standard, Loftcap was tested to BS EN 60598-1 and BS EN 60598-2-2 with 50 Watt dichroic lamps. No other loft cover was able to pass this onerous test, says the company.

Loftcaps are manufactured from a material that permits controlled porosity which allows for ventilation to prevent downlights' overheating, but prevents air leakage - a unique feature. They are positioned over the downlight with loft insulation laid directly over the top. Because they are lightweight, they add no significant load on the ceiling.

In addition to preventing heat loss, Loftcaps also reduce the risk of fire by keeping combustibles away from the hot downlight and by preventing the spread of fire through the opening in the ceiling made for the downlight for up to one hour. They also act as a vapour seal between the living and loft space to prevent condensation forming on roof timbers leading to premature rotting, as required in Building Regulations Approved Document C.

Manufactured from inert mineral fibres and organic binders, Loftcaps are rot, corrosion and vermin resistant, non combustible, non-electrically conductive and entirely maintenance free.

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