Emergency lighting is now more important than ever

Now that many businesses have re-opened their shops and buildings after a long period of inactivity, it is time to keep on top of the vital emergency lighting maintenance, re-charging the batteries for all types of emergency luminaires, whether an emergency bulkhead, an emergency exit sign or a simple fire exit sign. Integral LED offers emergency lighting solutions that re-charge pretty quickly and so will help with speeding up getting exit lights and escape route lighting back fit for purpose again.

No business owner wants to slow down re-opening their premises after the lockdown period, by having to spend a substantial amount of time on a building’s maintenance but is worth being aware that when properties are left empty or unoccupied for a long period of time, the correct functioning of the emergency lighting fittings may be compromised.

Many of the UK’s offices and shops have been suddenly left empty for months due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Some have been permanently moth-balled and some temporarily vacant.

As the economy gets back to normal, and people get back to work, it is important to make sure that the emergency lighting and battery supply alike are working properly to protect staff and customers in the case of fire or another reason.

If the mains power of the buildings has been turned off or it has experienced a power failure, maybe a power cut, it is possible that the emergency lighting batteries or battery backup will have discharged themselves, so it is vital that all battery-powered LED emergency lights are checked, re-charged and inspected to confirm compliance.

Many different battery technologies exist and are used in emergency lighting products such as Ni-Cd (which can take 24 hours to re-charge), LiFePo4 or Lithium-Ion which are more modern and take minimum 12 hours to charge.

Integral LED recommends a full discharge test is completed and batteries re-energised again to be fully compliant and ensure the buildings are in A1 condition for re-occupation.

The company’s emergency lighting solutions take a minimum 12 hours to energise, minimising the timings for making a building compliant.

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