Emergency lighting is needed in a lot of different situations, so it is essential that the lighting source is dependable. Whether the lights go out because of a severe storm, or some other natural disaster that interrupts electrical power, some form of light is absolutely necessary. Most people don’t have any form of emergency lighting in their home, but it is essential that commercial buildings and businesses are prepared for a power outage to ensure that any employees or visitors can find their way to safety instead of being lost or confused in the dark.
Early Emergency Lighting
Early versions of emergency lighting were fixtures using incandescent bulbs that were powered by large batteries or a generator. These emergency lights did provide enough light for people to see dimly, but were really quite inadequate. These units were not only costly, but the weight and size made them difficult to install and the batteries did not have a long life. Modern versions of emergency lighting are much more technologically advanced, and they also provide a much brighter and longer lasting light source with LED emergency Lights.
Modern Emergency Lighting
Many modern lighting systems have a smaller voltage requirement, with some halogen lights being used. Halogen lights produce a much brighter light, and they have been compared to the light produced by the headlight of a car. Since the the size of the battery required to power modern lights has been greatly reduced, it can actually fit within the light fixture itself.
Emergency Exit Lighting
All commercial buildings are required to have egress lighting as a safety precaution. These lights automatically come on in the case of a power failure so people that are in the building will have the ability to find their way to the fire exits. Illuminated fire exit signs are also part of the emergency light system.
Low Voltage Emergency Lighting
The latest development in backup lighting is LED lights, which are not only ultra bright, but are extremely energy efficient. This type of low voltage lighting allows the units to be a lot smaller and easier to install. Since the units require only NiCad batteries, the need for the old power source of a bulky lead acid battery is eliminated. The new NiCad batteries do not require maintenance of any kind, and can provide normal lighting function with built-in emergency light features.
British Standards BS5266 Regulations
This new version of emergency lighting fixtures have the option of being used as attractive lighting sources for both commercial and residential applications. According to British Standards BS5266 regulations, commercial buildings and business must install lighting fixtures and exit signs that will provide lighting in the case of any emergency. Some employers also provide glow sticks or torches for any workers who are unexpectedly caught in the dark. This safety equipment is essential to the safety of employees and customers since first responders can avoid potential hazards while quickly finding anyone needing help.
To ensure your property is fully equipped with the correct lighting, call us today at Fire & Electrical Safety Ltd to book a fire risk assessment.