Know where you’re going

Emergency lighting comes into play when the normal mains-powered lighting fails and is essential for providing adequate light to allow people to evacuate the building safely in the case of a fire. As a minimum requirement, buildings must have emergency lighting installed across all the escape routes and exits from every area of the building, with the lighting being of adequate intensity for people to see where they are going, and a minimum backup duration of 1 to 3 hours. As an employer, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that this is in place as part of your fire safety procedures.

When deciding where to install emergency lighting, take into account any hazards that there may be along the evacuation route, such as corners, stairways or uneven flooring. You must also ensure that exit signs, fire alarm call points and equipment used for fire fighting, such as extinguishers or fire blankets, are adequately illuminated to be easily seen or located. Fire exit signs and emergency lighting from Ringtail are one of the best ways of ensuring that the fire exit is as visible as possible.

As with all fire safety equipment, regular testing of your emergency lighting must be carried out to ensure that it is working correctly. You should test that the lights are triggered when the mains supply is cut, and also that all the lights are illuminated as they should be. You will need to test your lighting once a month and do a full discharge test once a year. Log the results as any other fire safety equipment tests.

More information can be found in our emergency lighting guide.

Know where you are going

Emergency lighting comes into play when the normal mains-powered lighting fails and will provide alternative adequate lighting allowing people to evacuate the building safely in the case of for example a fire. As a minimum requirement, buildings must have emergency lighting installed across all the escape routes and exits from every area of the building, with the lighting being of adequate intensity for people to see where they are going, and for a minimum backup duration of 1 to 3 hours. As an employer, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that emergency lighting provisions are in place and are in working condition as part of your fire safety precautions.

When deciding where to install emergency lighting, take into account any hazards along the evacuation route, such as corners, stairways or uneven flooring. You must also ensure that exit signs, fire alarm call points and equipment used for fire fighting, such as extinguishers or fire blankets, are adequately illuminated to be easily seen or located. We stock illuminated fire exit signs and emergency lighting from Ringtail, which are the best way of ensuring that the fire exit is as visible as possible.

As with all fire safety equipment, regular testing of your emergency lighting must be carried out to ensure that it is working correctly. You should test that the lights are triggered when the mains supply is cut, and also that all the lights are illuminated as they should be. Once the power is switched on again, ensure that the batteries are charging. You will need to test your lighting at least once a month and log the results. Once a year you will need to carry out a full drain for the specified lighting backup period (eg 3 hours).

Addressable Emergency Lighting

Utilising DALI technology, Safelincs can offer fully Addressable Emergency Lighting Solutions with a full range of emergency light that can also be incorporated in existing DALI networks and building management systems.
What is DALI?
DALI stands for Digital Addressable Lighting Interface and is a protocol set out in the technical standard IEC 62386. DALI is an international standard set out to guarantee the compatibility of products from different manufacturers.
DALI Addressable Emergency Lighting
After the initial installation of emergency lighting, there is a legal requirement for the building occupiers, owners and nominated responsible person(s) to ensure that the emergency lighting system within a building is tested and maintained in accordance with BS5266 – Code of practice for emergency lighting of premises. The associated maintenance and testing labour costs have resulted in the development of fully addressable emergency lighting solutions. These addressable systems perform the necessary scheduled tests in accordance with BS5266, each luminaire then reports back to the central panel or computer with the test results. If there are any malfunctions found with an individual luminaire the specific fault is highlighted at the centralised monitoring point, with the unique address of the luminaire at fault.

These systems have an increased initial cost, but can be easily justified with short payback periods due to reduced costs for testing the systems. The DALI addressable emergency lighting systems enable a lighting designer or planner to assemble a fully addressable system with the advantage of the DALI protocol enabling a mixture of manufacturer’s emergency luminaires on each addressable system.

APPLICATIONS:
Schools, Hospitals, Hotels, Local Authority buildings and any medium to large installations

Safelincs’ manufacturer Ringtail offers a complete addressable system incorporating the monitoring panel, the software and all luminaires. All of these can be incorporated into an existing DALI network. Each DALI system offers the following functionality:

Centralised fully automatic testing and monitoring incorporating

  • Full rated test at commissioning
  • Monthly function test
  • Annual duration test
  • Fully addressable
  • Flexibility for testing schedules, grouping
  • Diagnostic information for rectification of faults and scheduled maintenance
  • Easy commissioning features
  • Communication to proven DALI protocol

Ringtail DALI Luminaires can be linked to any DALI system, however, our complete addressable emergency lighting system incorporates a discrete touchscreen facility with the potential of up to 120 luminaires being controlled and monitored by each touchscreen. Each touchscreen is pre-loaded with its own software and provides a fully DALI emergency compliant system, a number of options are available allowing each touchscreen to operate as a stand alone system or alternatively, on larger installations, these touchscreen panels can be networked together via the building’s ethernet and back to a central monitoring PC. Up to 10 DALI panels can be networked, enabling a maximum of 1200 emergency luminaires to be monitored.

The system is unique in that until the luminaires have been commissioned onto the DALI network they revert to standard Self-test, this means that even before the DALI system has been commissioned that the site will have a fully compliant emergency lighting scheme complete with Self-test.
The DALI function is available on most of Safelincs’ emergency lights; please refer to each individual datasheet for full specifications. We are also able to offer a full range of DALI emergency conversions to existing and other manufacturer’s luminaires.

For system enquiries, please contact us on 0800 612 2946 or email Sue@safelincs.co.uk