Consistent Emergency Lighting and General Lighting Design for Suspended Ceilings

Arrian Emergency LightSuspended ceilings offer sleek designs and cover unsightly facilities, however, they also make the placement of traditional emergency lighting difficult, especially when trying to maintain the clean flow of the ceiling. The very best solution is to have lighting panels and emergency lights in the same design and size, offering the same light output in normal operation.

Safelincs can offer Arrian, a new LED Suspended Ceiling Emergency Lighting Panel system. This product range consists of regular and emergency lighting panels that look identical and have the same 3800 lumen output in maintained non-emergency operation. This allows you to install matching lights in all of your suspended ceilings, using emergency fittings where necessary and regular light fittings elsewhere. The panels measure 595x595mm, fitting into standard suspended ceiling apertures.

The white, powder coated finish on the Arrian emergency light panels gives an attractive, neutral look that works well with any suspended ceiling. The emergency lights are available with a choice of either 270, 360 or 450 lumen output in emergency mode allowing you to choose the appropriate emergency light level to meet your specific needs.

These units are manufactured using high quality 4000K ‘cool white’ LEDs which have a lifecycle of over 36,000 hours, meaning these fittings offer an exceptional lifespan as well as being naturally energy efficient. They can also be installed as either a maintained or non-maintained fitting, providing further flexibility and value. There is even a version designed to work with slave lighting systems with a range of input voltages to meet your needs.

The quality of light emitted by the panels is also exceptional, with a CRI (Colour Rendering Index- the industry measurement for light quality) rating of 80+. This, together with the panel’s 3800 lumen output, ensures the light quality given out by these fittings is amongst the very best available.

With all of these benefits, plus the peace of mind given by Safelincs’ exclusive 5 year warranty, the LED Suspended Ceiling Emergency Lighting Panel system from Arrian has quickly become a popular choice for anyone looking for smart and economical lighting for modern offices.

For further information or to place an order visit our emergency lighting section, call us on 0800 612 6537 or get in touch via support@safelincs.co.uk.

Harry Dewick-Eisele

Harry Dewick-Eisele

Managing Director

MD and founder of Safelincs. Harry has a wealth of in-depth knowledge of all aspects of fire safety and related legislation.

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What power consumption do emergency lights have?

When comparing power consumption of emergency lighting, and more specifically comparing LED lighting with standard lighting, it is important to understand some of the terms used and what they actually mean in this context. Sometimes you will see the power consumption documented in W (Watts) and sometimes it will be stated in VA (VoltAmperes). Whilst this looks confusing, it is comforting that both terms are actually identical. Multiplying the Voltage (V) of the electrical supply with the Amperage (A), which represents the current flowing through the light, gives you VA (VoltAmperes) which represents power consumption and is actually the same as the ‘Wattage’ (W). So VA equals W; they are just different ways of saying the same thing.

For this blog we will be comparing a CS8 maintained emergency bulkhead with an X-GSA LED maintained emergency bulkhead as they are very similar units, although they have a very different power consumption (also the CS8 produces light output of  100 lumens, whilst the X-GSA produces a slightly lower 85 lumens. This difference, though, is negligible.).

The CS8 contains an 8W T5 lamp which, as the name suggests, consumes 8 Watts. The ballast (the electronics that run the unit and the trickle charge for the backup battery) consumes 12 Watts, which means the CS8 in maintained mode consumes 20W.
The X-GSA contains 12 white LEDs which together consume 0.9W. The ballast consumes 2.6W, which means the whole unit in maintained mode consumes 3.5W.
That is a difference of 16.5W, which is huge when you consider that maintained lights are lit constantly. So, a CS8 in its maintained mode is consuming over 5 times more energy every hour than the X-GSA!

It is also important to know that LED emergency lights last substantially longer than fluorescent tubes. An LED bulb will last over 5 times longer than a traditional fluorescent light.

Generally speaking LED emergency lighting is more expensive than the traditional equivalent, but when you factor in the substantially lower power consumption and the lower maintenance needs of LED lights, they are actually more cost effective in the long term.

Self-Test LED emergency lighting – save time, money and the environment

Emergency lighting is an essential part of the fire safety planning in any commercial building and potentially saves life in emergencies. To a business however, it can be a costly drain on resources, requiring frequent testing (quite often outsourced), regular replacement of bulbs and lamps and the need to replace the complete lighting unit at the end of its life.

We offer two technologies that will help you save time, money and energy.

Self-test emergency lighting is fitted with a system that automatically conducts periodical tests to ensure that the unit is fully functioning and safe in an emergency.  If a fault is detected then an audio / visual warning is triggered. The installation of self-test units means that no engineer visits are required to test the emergency lights, saving time and money. You can also rest assured that your testing program complies with best practice.

On top of this we sell self-testing emergency lighting with LED luminaires which offer even more advantages over traditional lighting. LED emergency lights have a far lower energy consumption than fluorescent emergency lights, a longer life span, greater durability and increased reliability.

Combining the two features creates an opportunity for customers to buy and fit emergency lighting that is low maintenance and cost-saving. To find out more about the potential of these units see our ranges of self-test and LED emergency lighting units.

Benefits of LED Emergency Lighting

Bafe CertifiedRingtail, Safelincs’ supplier of Emergency Lighting products have developed a full range of LED emergency lights to meet the future requirements for low energy, high efficiency and environmental friendly emergency lights.

There are many advantages associated with LEDs, the main ones being reliability and longevity. A typical high-power LED will realise 10 years maintenance free service when used for 12 hours every day, thus saving the maintenance costs of replacing 20 new filament lamps over the 10 year life span and the environmental cost of their disposal.

In addition, a 9W LED is now brighter than a 35W dichroic and is using 75% less electricity, thus producing a cost saving in electricity consumption of up to £155.00 during its lifetime.

The small dimensions, low power consumption, higher luminous efficacy and low beam temperature of the LED allow many opportunities in design flexibility.

LEDs are the future for emergency lighting requirements. Start saving today and install LED emergency lights