Emergency lighting systems are an important factor in all buildings and public/private facilities. Not only are they mandatory by law, they are also a critical safety feature. We hope the emergency lights never need to go utilized, but in the rare cases, they can be life saving. It is important to properly install and test the emergency lighting system in your facility.

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Emergency Lighting and exit signs are important when accidents or catastrophic events happen and smooth evacuation from a building is needed. These lighting systems provide illumination which helps people proceed to the nearest exit during a crisis situation.

You want to avoid obstacles and move safely and proper lighting from emergency ballasts can provide at least 90 minutes of power for a lamp in the event of a power failure.

If a battery can’t last for 90 minutes, they should be replaced.

What are Emergency Lights?
Emergency lights are lighting devices that turn on automatically when a building experiences a power outage. They are powered by batteries and are standard equipment for commercial buildings, residential establishments, hotels, dorms, and apartments.

Emergency escape lighting should be placed in the following areas:
  • Escape routes
  • Exit doors
  • Emergency escape signs
  • Stairways
  • Intersection of corridors
  • Outside final exits
  • Changes in floor level
  • Fire alarm call points
  • Fire fighting equipment
  • Windowless rooms and toilets
  • Elevators
  • Equipment that needs to be turned off during an emergency
  • Areas that are larger than 60 sqm.

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Types of Emergency Lighting

Maintained Emergency Lighting are lights that are switched on at all times. They are often found where a large number of people converge. Maintained lighting is designed to work continuously even when there is a power outage. They are used as standard lighting in malls, movie houses, auditoriums, airplanes, hospitals, and windowless rooms.

Non-maintained emergency lighting, on the other hand, are lighting fixtures that are not turned on all the time. These lights only turn on during a power outage. They are often battery-powered which makes sure that they activate when the power goes out.

Exit signs may also be used as emergency lights and you have the option of making them maintained or non-maintained lighting depending on your requirements.

Emergency lighting systems should undergo regular testing to make sure that they will work during an emergency. This will ensure the safety of building occupants when a power outage happens.

Monthly testing should be done to make sure that the lights work properly and charging systems are in good working condition.

LED for more efficient emergency lighting systems
Building Managers now have the option of having efficient lighting fixtures for their emergency lights. 

With the focus on being environment-friendly nowadays, LED is becoming a popular choice of light source for emergency lighting luminaries.

LED is known for being more efficient and longer-lasting which is why more people are switching to LEDs.