12 Mar Different Types Of Emergency Lighting
When you are planning to shop for lights, one has to first consider the purpose of that lighting. Why will you put that type of light there and for what purpose? Is it for domestic or commercial purposes? Safety and security rank are an important part of building security and this has to be factored even as one purposes to purchase lighting. Emergency lighting and emergency escape lighting are very important features that one factors in the premises as it helps save lives and minimizes potential damage. Lighting during blackouts reduces panic and stress and provides solace and reduces confusion. Special consideration should be taken when factoring in the elderly, children, people with disabilities, public places such like hotels, elderly homes, hospitals, discos and theaters among others.
What is emergency lighting?
This is lighting that comes on when the main power fails. Emergency lights are powered by rechargeable batteries that switch on automatically when one experiences power outage. Lighting over time has changed, with the earliest models that were known as incandescent light bulbs that dimly lit an area during a blackout to the modern emergency floodlight that provides a wide coverage light that can illuminate an area quite well. Another very important area that is mainly a high risk area requires emergency lighting is toilet facilities especially for people with disabilities, schools and homes of the aged especially in each cubicle.
What is emergency escape lighting?
This is lighting that is similar to the above but also has a security feature. The light immediately come on when the main power fails and gives people enough light to evacuate the building safely. One typically has exit signs showing a white man running on a green background. Public buildings as well as businesses are mandated by law to provide emergency escape lighting.
Emergency lighting for outdoors
These are mainly lights places at strategic points outside the building or in the garden or pathway to enable one monitor or see a wider area than next to the building. When there is power outage these lights come on to illuminate pathways and the main entrances of the building or home. The illumination for outside lighting is normally much higher and fewer stand alone lighting units may be sufficient in smaller premises.
Emergency lighting for indoors
On the other hand, emergency lighting for indoors stay on continuously for approximately three hours by which during the emergency situation people will be able to assemble like cinemas, shipping malls and familiarize themselves with emergency routes. The actual illumination is closely related to the nature of its occupants and the premises. Other types include the egress pathways; mounted on the floor and can glow in the dark even during a power blackout.
Are emergency lighting maintained?
As an important security feature in a commercial or domestic building, emergency lights have to be tested regularly to ensure they continue with the purpose they are there for. A test to ensure the full duration of lighting to come on and stay on can be done annually while ensuring the whole system is working can be done monthly. It is important to maintain record keeping (or a lighting safety log) to monitor the slight changes that occur on a month to month basis that may be subjected to weather changes.
When you have factored all the above, you are ready to invest in emergency lighting. Make certain that you get a good team or electrician who specializes in emergency lighting and will partner with you on the journey to installing secure, reliable and long lasting emergency lighting that will serve your purpose.