The Various Types Of Emergency Lighting

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Even if they do not understand why or how it works, most people will know emergency lighting comes on when the power to the main lighting system fails. Will they know about the various different types that make up an efficient emergency lighting system? Emergency lighting is a very general term, and the types available can be split into different sub sections.

  • For areas of high-risk tasks – some jobs involve working with high-risk machinery and materials, which could create a potentially dangerous situation if they are suddenly plunged into darkness. They need illumination quickly, so in an emergency situation they are not endangered and can leave the premises safely. 
  • For escape routes – the main power could be lost because of a power cut or a fire. Initially people would not know the reason and need to be able to leave the premises in safety as quickly as possible, As well as emergency lights to illuminate the ways out, there should be clear exit signs to point them in the right direction. 
  • For standby – this would be useful when you are aware of the reason for the loss of power and know that no one is in any danger. Standby lighting will allow work to continue in most situations, but it does depend on what use the premises have. 
  • For open areas – this lighting gives as much light as possible everywhere. It is though that it helps to stop panic, which helps to get people away from the premises in a safer manner. 
  • Exterior emergency lights – if the power is lost when it is dark outside, the people leaving the building need the outside illuminated as well. Particularly if they are strangers to the premises, they could walk straight back into danger in the darkness if there are no external emergency lights.

British Standards Of Emergency Lighting

You cannot choose which elements of emergency lighting you want and don’t want, there are British laws and regulations that have to be adhered to for non-domestic premises. As well as the installation complying with the laws, the emergency lighting system has to be tested monthly, and those tests have to be logged. This monthly test involves turning off the power for as long as it takes to check all the emergency lights are working. Once a year a much longer test has to be carried out, usually not less than 3 hours, to ensure the lighting would last long enough in a full emergency situation.

Keeping You Up To Standard

At LED By Vision we are experts in all aspects of LED lighting solutions, including the provision of emergency lighting that is compliant to all the laws and regulations. Emergency lighting is a health and safety issue that cannot be ignored. Get in touch with us for a free assessment of your needs, and after discussions with you, we will design an emergency lighting system just for you. To find out how we can help just call us on 01256 841677.

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