What is emergency lighting?
Emergency lighting, simply put, is lighting that provides safety and security during an emergency on the premises. Because lighting is involved, an emergency occurs when general lighting is not sufficient enough to provide basic human safety.
In this post we will look at what emergency lighting is, and how it can have an impact on both health and safety and productivity of employees.
It is generally accepted that emergency lighting has to operate automatically. It is not appropriate for someone to have to ‘turn on’ emergency lighting, In other words. It has to operate quickly and efficiently and without human interaction. Again, if this is the case, then the lighting can be seen to be emergency lighting.
The main area where emergency lighting really comes into play is in facilities such as schools and offices, where there are numerous people involved, and lighting is of paramount importance when an emergency occurs.
No loss of illumination where safety is concerned
If there is an issue where lighting fails in a school, for example, emergency lighting will ensure there is never a loss of illumination. This allows the health and safety aspects of working with young people in particular to be satisfied. Children not only need lighting to be able to do their school work, they also need lighting in order to be able to see and stay safe.
In an office, employees will need lighting for health and safety reasons, but also to ensure that work is done while the main lighting is being repaired. This can mean financial consequences that derive from not having lighting are avoided.
If an incident occurs in an office or a school and people need to make a safe exit, the emergency lighting will illuminate the exit points and therefore allow occupants of the building to leave safely. This is a key aspect of emergency lighting, and the main reason why employers and organisations choose to have it installed.
Emergency lighting combats power cuts
Other situations can also apply. Some areas of the country are prone to disruptions in the power supply. Emergency lighting can ensure that any disruption does not cause problems or even danger. If your company was in an area that suffered regular power breaks, for example, emergency lighting will ensure that these disruptions do not affect work rate and work flow.
Emergency lighting is the natural choice for any company or organisation that has the health and safety of people as a concern.
Emergency lighting is therefore cost-effective (in that it can literally keep the lights on) and also a real aid to safety. It is often used in schools and buildings where there are occupants, and where safety is major issue if lighting does happen to fail. It is also important for a company that has to meet productivity targets, and cannot afford to have the lighting fail on the premises.