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Five things to consider when installing emergency lighting

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Emergency lighting has a crucial role to play in ensuring safety in any commercial or residential property, and in the UK, it is a legal requirement. Despite this, a report from a leading fire detection manufacturer has found that the emergency lighting installations in half of our public buildings no longer meets the required lighting standards.

Selecting the right emergency lighting, therefore, is imperative to not only meet such standards, but also for ensuring occupant safety. But with so many options available to estate managers, just how do you select the right system?

Here, we outline 5 factors that every estate manager needs to consider before purchasing and installing LED emergency lighting in their facilities:

1 - Longevity and efficiency

Before purchasing your emergency lighting, careful consideration should be given to the longevity and efficiency of your fixtures. Comparisons of energy consumption between fluorescent and LED emergency luminaires have found that LEDs generally offer greater efficiency and longer lifespans, saving estate managers energy and money. Our Smart Emergency Bulkhead fixture, for instance, incorporates an energy efficient LED gear tray with a life span of 50,000 hours.

2 - Illumination levels

One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing an emergency luminaire is the level of illumination it will provide. Although the requirement for emergency lighting is to use light sources with a colour rendering index (CRI) greater than Ra 40, our Smart Emergency Bulkhead fixture offers a CRI of over 80 – guaranteeing a safe level of lighting during any emergency situation.

3 – Is your system working?

In certain facilities, such as housing association buildings, monthly and yearly functional and duration testing of emergency lighting systems is a legal requirement in accordance with BS 5266-1: 2011. Our EyeNut Combined Emergency driver allows users to retrofit automated emergency luminaire testing into large, multi-site estates for the first time – with results accessible from anywhere in the world via the cloud-based EyeNut system.

4 - Battery back-up duration

Given that emergency lighting often operates when standard lighting has failed, such as during a power cut, the duration of the battery back-up must be carefully considered. The battery back-up requirement will vary dependent on the use of the facility or building, for instance in premises used as sleeping accommodation, such as social housing, a 3-hour duration is required. One hour duration may be acceptable, in some premises, if evacuation is immediate and re-occupation is delayed until the system has recharged.

5 - Durability

Emergency lighting is often subjected to tough conditions on a daily basis, with vandalism, water and dust damage just some of the issues a fixture can encounter. Add to that, the need to function in emergency situations, such as fires, and the requirement for durability becomes even more imperative. LEDs offer the perfect solution. They aren’t sensitive to cold temperatures or humidity, meaning fixtures often last longer and save money in the long-term.

Harvard Technology solutions

At Harvard Technology, we design and manufacture an extensive range of emergency lighting systems including our LED emergency bulkheads, LED drivers and emergency LED modules. To find out more about the emergency lighting range, visit our website or contact our sales teams on the details below.

 

UK/Europe: sales@harvardtechnology.com / +44 (0)113 383 1000

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