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Exit and Emergency Lighting

Posted on 4 June 2019
Exit and Emergency Lighting

Exit and emergency lighting standards provide certainty that the goods and services are safe and trustworthy. These standards protect the merchandisers, customers and end users. It is important that they are learned, understood and complied.

Exit and Emergency Lighting

Exit and emergency lighting saves a lot of lives by ensuring a safe egress. In an emergency, occupants have mere minutes to escape and oftentimes have to escape in darkness due to dense smoke or power outage. The emergency lights illuminate the routes to help people see clearly, avoid obstacles and move faster to the nearest exit.

 

Even when one is familiar with the building, panic and anxiety might interfere with one's judgment making it difficult to escape. Should there be an emergency crisis, it is practical to have a mandatory evacuation procedure. Exit signs along with the emergency evacuation procedure ensure safe and faster escape of the occupants. It is  essential that the signages can be easily understood. Thus, standards for exit lights have been changed; this standard displays an arrow pointing the way and a man running in the direction of the nearest exit. Check this site for more information about Exit and emergency lighting standards.The emergency lighting must be correctly positioned to guarantee sufficient lighting is available at all times, especially during emergencies. It's important that they are connected to a lighting circuit and equipped with a permanent active power supply or an alternate in case of a power outage.

Lighting System Types

 

Central Point Systems

Central Point Systems are rapidly becoming obsolete, with only a few remaining in use. This type of system relies on a bank of batteries located in the building's central area that were connected to the Exit or Emergency Light using fire-rated cabling that would not burn or break down in the event of a fire, allowing the lights to remain operational for a sufficient period of time while people exited the building. Because to the space necessary for a battery room, battery chargers, and the quantity of batteries, this sort of system had very few light failures. However, it was not cost effective due to the space required for a battery room, battery chargers, and the quantity of batteries. With the advancement of Lithium-Ion batteries, this type of technology may make a reappearance.

 

Single Point Systems

The battery, charger, cards, and light source are all located at the same point in this form of Exit or Emergency Light. These are the most ubiquitous in today's environment, and will likely remain so in the future as single point units develop in technology. Some components can test themselves, whereas others can communicate with a central system.

Similar to other fire protection equipment, exit emergency light must be routinely inspected, serviced and regularly maintained by a qualified electrician. As no one can tell when it will be exactly needed, regular testing and inspection ensures that they function properly when needed.


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