Why Exit and Emergency Lighting is so Important

17/03/2021

Fires and building emergencies can occur when you least expect it, and it’s important that all occupants know exactly where the nearest emergency exit is. By installing exit and emergency lighting, you will be demonstrating to your staff and customers that your business places a priority on safety and compliance with modern building codes.

 

Why is Exit and Emergency Lighting Important?

There are a wide range of emergencies which can occur in enclosed spaces, ranging from fire through to medical emergencies, personal threats and more. These situations usually arise out of the blue and can be very distressing for all involved, but with a clearly defined path of egress you can ensure a safe and orderly evacuation. Even if there is a power outage, emergency lighting will remain on and clearly highlight where building occupants need to go.

We’ve all seen emergency lighting before, with the iconic ‘running man’ pictogram and green background lit up in everyday places such as shopping centres, cinemas and train stations. Emergency lights can be affixed to the wall or ceiling, and they come in a range of different designs.

The Different Types of Emergency Lighting

The Checkpoint Group range of emergency lighting includes the following types:

  • Exit Lights – wide range of sizes and options such as weatherproof, recessed blade style and various mounting types. They are supplied with three UV related decals (standard Running Man, Running Man with left arrow, Running Man with right arrow).
  • Emergency Downlights – Black and White.
  • Emergency Light Battens – ideal for use in areas such as fire stairs and car parks to increase light and visibility.
  • Oyster lights – available in 20W and 28W, these lights are ideal for rooms which see high foot traffic. They are visually appealing and provide excellent illumination across a wide area.

How do Emergency Lights Work?

Emergency lights are designed to be energy efficient and long lasting, with most offering up to 50,000hr of LED light run time. They are connected to your building power supply, however in the event of an emergency and loss of power they are powered by the inbuilt lithium battery which provides up to 3 hours of runtime.

Emergency lights should be tested every 6 months by a qualified professional to ensure that the battery is retaining a healthy level of charge. Australian Standards AS 2293 requires that all exit signage and emergency lighting remain illuminated for a minimum of 90 minutes.

 

Where Should Emergency Lighting be Installed?

Emergency lighting is most commonly seen in large event spaces, public transport hubs, warehouses, shopping centres and office buildings in addition to stairs and hallways. If there are no available exits within the immediate vicinity, you should install a directional emergency exit light with an arrow pointing towards the nearest exit.

 

Why Purchase Emergency Lighting from Checkpoint Group?

Checkpoint Group are committed to safety, and we’re proud to bring you the biggest range of safety solutions from leading manufacturers. We’ve partnered with countless Australian businesses in an effort to improve safety, and we keep abreast of the latest technologies and innovations. When you partner with us, you can expect:

  • Dedicated support
  • Reliable, Australian Standards compliant safety solutions and services
  • All products come with Australian warranty
  • Peace of mind knowing that you are looking after the safety of your customers and staff

If you’re looking to make your building compliant and improve safety, please contact Checkpoint Group on 02 6284 3173 or email sales@checkpointproducts.com.au  for an obligation free quote.