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Emergency Lighting - A Life Saver

Emergency lightingThe laws in most countries make it an absolute requirement for all buildings constructed to include emergency lighting.

There are plenty of regulations which have to be adhered to, such as how many emergency light fittings should be installed, and when emergency signs should be fitted.

All these regulations are there for valid reasons, and correct placement and operation of emergency lighting systems can save countless lives in dangerous situations such as a fire. When there is a sudden power failure, these emergency light fittings switch on and guide people out of the building unharmed.  

All emergency lighting is not the same. There are small mobile lights which can be carried about, there are luminaires which are fitted with emergency lighting components and won't switch on in emergency mode until there is a power failure, and lastly there are emergency exit signs which are permanently switched on.

The laws and specifications for emergency lighting vary from country to country. In the UK, emergency luminaires are manufactured to function in emergency mode for 3 hours, but in Spain emergency lighting only has to operate for 1 hour to meet requirements. 

Emergency Lighting - The Different Types

Not only is there a difference between emergency luminaires and emergency exit signs, but there are also different types of emergency lighting. Apart from the obvious differences that spring to mind immediately such as lamp types, light output and light distribution, there are also other options available to choose from when designing your emergency lighting system.

Depending on the circumstances, light fittings could have batteries fitted internally to provide power for emergency lighting as and when required. Emergency light fittings could also be powered from a centrally housed battery system.

There are also different levels of emergency lighting, in the sense that you could purchase the standard offering which is a light fitting which provides an area with the required light during a power failure, a self test system which does as the name suggests, or a Dali addressable system which can be controlled and tested via Dali controls. 


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