Emergency lighting should be adapted to the worst lighting conditions, so that they can be seen in case of problems with the main lighting. It is used when there is a failure of the basic lighting. It should use an independent power source, which will allow it to operate independently of problems with the main lighting.
In emergency lighting, we can mention:
- evacuation lighting
- spare lighting
- illumination of the escape route
- lighting of the open area
- high risk zone lighting
- safety signs
Emergency lighting should focus primarily on the proper marking and lighting of the escape route, which allows safe leaving the building. It should work at least one hour.
Lighting of the open area helps in evacuating from buildings that do not have a specific plan of escape routes. They are also used in large buildings, over 60 square meters.
High risk zone lighting is designed to allow employees to complete the necessary procedures in a safe manner. There is no time limit here. It should be adapted to the type of work performed.
We use auxiliary lighting when there is a need for standard operations in a given room despite the breakdown.
When it comes to single-family houses, there is no need to use emergency lighting in them. However, if we have a large yardage, and children or elderly people live with us, it is worth thinking about installing such lighting. It is worth arranging the emergency lighting lamps so that they eliminate as many hazards as possible due to trips or heavy objects being knocked out.
Evacuation lighting is necessary in public facilities such as schools, offices, cinemas and hospitals. It depends on its quality how efficiently the evacuation action from the building will be carried out.
With due care, both headlights and signs intended for illumination of the escape route as well as for open or particularly dangerous zones should be selected.
Is it worth saving?
Cheap luminaires are able to fulfill their task under normal conditions. In the event of a breakdown or a fire, the lack of certified headlamps can bring us a lot of trouble. In addition to financial penalties imposed for failing to meet the relevant emergency lighting requirements, neglecting proper marking of an escape route may result in a risk to the safety of people in the building.