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What Type of Sprinkler Head Should You Get?

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At RAD Fire Sprinklers, we consider each of our customer’s specific needs and ensure that our services meet their requirements. And, this is no exception for the selection of a sprinkler head.

There are four types; all of which supply different purposes for different types of buildings. However, all serve the same function and are the most efficient fire suppression methods.


Pendant Fire Sprinkler Head

A pendant fire sprinkler head hangs from above-ceiling pipes, using a convex deflector to distribute water in a domed or conical pattern. The head of a typical pendant fire sprinkler stays visible after installation, showing off the mechanics.

When the sprinkler heads are turned on, they discharge a spray of water down into their deflectors, which subsequently spread the water in a conical pattern around the room.

A pendant sprinkler head provides the most coverage of the space, as they extend from the ceiling, coming in a variety of styles. Typically, these are mainly used in commercial buildings that may need mass evacuations; including warehouses, educational buildings and other industrial companies.



A concealed pendant head is a sprinkler head that is recessed into the ceiling and concealed by a decorative cap that blends in flush with the ceiling. Hidden pendants are a good alternative for people who are concerned about fire sprinkler pendants interfering with their aesthetic.

While the decorative caps may appear to prevent the sprinkler heads from running, they are designed to fall away from the sprinkler head when the temperature drops 20 degrees below the sprinkler system activation temperature. If and when the temperatures are high enough to activate the mechanism, the plate will no longer be in the way.

This type of sprinkler head is frequently found in residential homes so that they do not stand out. So, they are worth considering in high-rise apartment complexes and care homes.



An upright sprinkler head is aimed at the ceiling; pretty straightforward. The deflectors on this style of head is curled down to spray water in a hemispheric pattern.

These sprinkler heads are ideal in places that have exposed ceilings or hard to reach areas like beams and ducts.



Rather than dropping from the ceiling or being positioned on a pipe pointing upward, sidewall sprinkler heads extend horizontally out of the wall parallel to the floor. Sidewall sprinklers are ideal for small spaces like hallways, spaces with obstructions, and/or spaces without ceiling piping.

A solid, rectangular, or semi-circular deflector plate on the sidewall head helps to scatter water away from the ceilings and down and out in a crescent-shaped spray, directly towards the open region it is protecting.


What Sprinkler Head is Right For You?

Well, it all depends on your specific requirements. For residential fire sprinkler systems, we recommend installing concealed sprinkler heads, as these are less likely to disrupt your homing life and look. Other buildings include care homes, hotels and other overnight stays.

It all depends on whether you need them to pull focus. In certain commercial buildings, it is better to show off the fire sprinkler system, so that those inside know there is a fire protection system in place. And, this is where a pendant sprinkler head can come in. These can include shopping centres, warehouses and places of education. 

Ensure you work with a professional company that can give sound advice on sprinkler installation guides.


Our Services

Here at RAD Fire Sprinklers, we promote the installation of fire sprinkler systems throughout the London and South East area. There are many benefits to having fire sprinklers in both commercial and domestic buildings:

  • Saves Lives
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Cost-Effective
  • Reduced Insurance Costs

For more information on our fire sprinklers, or to receive a quote, fill in our online form and a member of our team will shortly be in touch. Or, why not follow us on Instagram? Find out the importance of a sprinkler head or have your burning questions answered by our dedicated social media team. 

Mist system was a great solution for our renovation needs and them team at RAD have been great. Always communicated clearly and been on hand to discuss over the phone as needed. Would highly recommend!
09:32 17 Jul 22
I have used RAD for a couple of projects and found them to be good to deal with. They did a pair of 3 storey open plan houses and seven three and four story town houses. The sprinklers were to improve fire safety, allow more flexible space and comply with building regulations. The sprinklers were far more cost effective than the mist type systems and look very discrete when installed.
Paul Jeary
15:50 11 Jul 22
It has been a pleasure to deal with RAD for installation of fire sprinklers at our site is Sevenoaks. They were fast, professional, working to time and quote, which made it easy to work with them.
Katrina Horobin
12:03 29 Jun 22
My requirement was a bit unusual for RAD in that I wanted a mist system in one room of a rented house. I had no drawings or technical back up. RAD were very helpful and repositioned the unit after the initial installation. Luckily with the help of Sonny, the engineer it all worked out very well.
Simon Gurney
16:16 12 May 22
I have used RAD for the last 10 years for all of my housing developments in need of a sprinkler system. Easy process from start to finish and no issues or problems throughout. Always someone at hand to answer a querie and we have a great working relationship with the team at RAD. Would highly recommend.
15:33 12 May 22
Diligent & a very professional team. A joy to deal with. Will certainly be calling on them to help with many more future schemes.
Jason Tema
22:17 08 Jul 19
Great team, fitting sprinklers, saving lives & property... What more could you wish for!!!
Colin P
17:53 01 Jul 17
Excellent company & great service... This company rocks! They sprinkle fires & save lives!!!
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07:15 16 Dec 16
As somebody who feels that it should be a necessity for all properties to have fire sprinkler systems, I am a big fan of this company. I have used them numerous times to service my home system and they are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their service.
Kate Fraser
09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
Adam Hudson
16:45 15 Nov 13

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