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The importance of exit and emergency lighting in saving lives

September 21, 2023

Because emergencies can happen at any time in a structure, it's critical that all inhabitants know exactly how to get to the nearest emergency escape. Installing exit and emergency lighting shows your employees, customers, and other visitors that your company prioritizes safety and compliance with modern building requirements.

 

 

What is the significance of exit and emergency lighting?

 

There are numerous emergencies that can arise in enclosed places, including fires, medical crises, threat scenarios, and disasters. These incidents occur without warning and can be extremely upsetting for everyone concerned; but, with a well defined line of egress, you can assure a safe and orderly evacuation. Even if the power goes out, the emergency lights will illuminate the path that building occupants must take.

 

We've all seen emergency lighting with the distinctive 'running man' pictogram and green background lit up in common settings like shopping malls, movie theaters, and train stations. Emergency lights can be mounted on the wall or ceiling and come in a variety of styles.

 

The various types of emergency lights

1. Exit Signs

These lights come in a variety of sizes and configurations, including waterproof, recessed blade, and several mounting types, and come with three UV-related decals (regular Running Man, Running Man with left arrow, Running Man with right arrow).

 

2. Downlights for Emergencies

Available in both black and white.

 

3. Battens for Emergency Lights

Ideal for increasing light and visibility in situations such as fire stairs and parking lots.

 

4. The Oyster Lights

These lights, which come in 20W and 28W versions, are suitable for high-traffic areas. They are visually beautiful and provide good lighting over a large area.

 

How do emergency lights function?

Most emergency lights are energy efficient and long lasting, with most giving up to 50,000 hours of LED light runtime. They are powered by your building's power supply; but, in the event of an emergency and subsequent power outage, they are powered by the inbuilt lithium battery, which has a runtime of up to 3 hours.

 

A competent specialist should test emergency lights every 6 months to ensure that the battery retains a good level of charge. According to Australian Standard AS 2293, all exit signage and emergency lighting must be illuminated for at least 90 minutes.

 

Where should emergency lighting be placed?

Emergency lighting is most typically found in big event spaces, public transportation hubs, warehouses, shopping centers, offices, hotels, and multi-story apartments, as well as building stairs and hallways. If there are no suitable exits in the immediate neighborhood, a directional emergency exit light with an arrow pointing towards the nearest exit should be installed.

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