There’s news and then there’s this news about IC + IC4 light ratings

by AMBIENCE on August 7, 2020

This announcement about our downlights getting IC + IC4 ratings is in no way over -the-top

The moon landing, the dawn of the internet….ambience’s downlights getting IC and IC4 rating. Yes, there are moments in history you will never forget.

Which of our downlights have the IC + IC4 Pass Certification?

 

But hold up a second, I can hear a few of mumble as your socks are blown straight off….

What is IC rating?

Well, an IC (insulation contact) rating (even though I am sure you are fooling around when asking) is a measure used to determine whether a recessed downlight is suitable to come into contact with building insulation. IC rated downlights must meet the requirements set out in the standard (and very, very catchy named) AS/NZS 60598.2.2:2001. An IC rated downlight can come into direct contact with, and be abutted by building insulation. A downlight without an IC rating cannot come into direct contact with, or be covered by building insulation. But we all knew that, right?

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IC Rating Categories

  • Non-IC
  • Do Not Cover
  • CA90
  • CA135
  • IC
  • IC-4/IC-F

So what’s the deal with the ’IC Pass’ Luminaire?

This is a recessed luminaire that can be abutted against normally flammable materials, including building insulation, and can be covered in normal use with limited access to its high temperature parts.These luminaires are deemed suitable for residential or commercial use in Australia and New Zealand in the standard AS/NZS 60598.2.2:2001, not to be confused with AS/NZS 70598.2.2:2002

And what about the ‘IC-4 Pass’ Luminaire?

The holy grail, the big kahuna in IC rating. It’s a recessed luminaire that can be abutted against normally flammable materials, including building insulation, and can be covered in normal use. Building elements, building insulation or debris have restricted access to the heated parts of the luminaire. This classification of recessed luminaire is effectively a sealed unit that has a restricted flow of air between the habitable room the luminaire emits light into and the void/space where the main body of the luminaire is located.
These luminaires are deemed suitable for residential or commercial use in Australia and New Zealand in the standard AS/NZS 60598.2.2:2001.

If you’d like any more info SJ is spending lockdown writing a series of books and potentially a feature film about this so he will be more than happy to take your questions….