Power Failures, Fires, and More: Situations Like These Require Emergency Lighting  

Emergency lighting is a lighting source that automatically turns on when there is a power outage or emergency. These lights are specifically created to provide an independent source of illumination during times when there is a loss of power or unforeseen incidents and assists individuals in safely evacuating a building. 

When difficult situations arise, emergency lighting will automatically activate, making emergency exits noticeable, directing people to the most secure route.  

This type of lighting is essential for building services as it helps people find their way to safety, and this is especially important in schools, hospitals and healthcare establishments, as these are buildings where lots of people gather.  

Businesses and services having emergency lighting implemented in their buildings and establishments is a necessity. If there was a power outage, due to a fire or power surge for example, this would result in an entire building being in complete darkness. However, by having emergency lighting, the situation can be quickly brought under control as the emergency lights will guide everyone to safety by clearly illuminating the exits.  

Therefore, by having these lights in place, this aids accident prevention, allows people to navigate their way safely, saves lives, reduces injuries, and minimises chaos. 

Without this technology, the lack of visibility could lead to confusion, accidents, and delays in evacuations. It is a small investment that can make a significant difference in emergency situations. 

Types of Emergency Lights 

There are a range of emergency lights that are used for times in crisis. These lights play a crucial role in providing visibility and safety in emergency circumstances. Certain emergency lights are needed for specific situations, so having a variety of these lights is fundamental for safety as it ensures that buildings are fully equipped for different scenarios.  

Emergency Blade 

An emergency blade is an efficient and cost-effective emergency light. This light provides easily recognisable signs for emergency exists, staircases and hallways and can be used in a wide range of places, such as canteens, car parks, commercial properties, corridors, and more.  

Emergency Box 

Emergency boxes are a type of emergency light that have clear universal signage for emergency exits to ensure safe evacuation.  

Emergency Kiam Bulkhead 

An Emergency Kiam Bulkhead is a dependable and robust lighting fixture that is specifically designed for urgent situations. It has a weatherproof design that is suitable for all conditions, and the construction of the Kiam Bulkhead is durable and reliable, so that it is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. 

Emergency Kyle  

An Emergency Kyle is a stand-alone, self-contained emergency LED downlight that is used for providing backup lighting during power outages or emergencies. This ensures visibility and safety in critical situations, offering reliable illumination when it is needed most.  

Emergency Twin Spot 

An Emergency Twin Spot is an emergency LED flood light that is extremely durable and will be located in a designated area where emergency responders can quickly and easily locate and assist someone in need.  

Once emergency lights have been fitted, it is important that they are tested regularly each month, to comply with British Standards BS EN 50172:2004. Usually, this will consist of a brief yet comprehensive assessment of the luminaire to ensure that both the lamps and battery are functioning correctly. 

Annual testing of emergency lighting technology is also required. This test involves checking the performance of the lights for the full duration of their expected battery life, to verify that the lights are operating at optimal functionality.  

In addition, there are now excellent monitoring and evaluation systems that automatically test the emergency lighting for any faults.  

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