LEDs provide major benefits for emergency lighting luminaires and exit signs, says ICEL
In a building emergency, especially fire, fast panic-free evacuation can make the difference between life and death. This is why UK legislation demands reliable, good quality emergency lighting to ensure that people can see and that escape routes are properly identified and illuminated. ICEL, the emergency lighting arm of the Lighting Industry Association (LIA), explains that the latest LED-based emergency lighting solutions can make this easier to achieve, with significant additional benefits – including those of improved total cost of ownership:
|LEDs suitable for most emergency lighting types.|
White LEDs have been developed by the major lamp manufacturers to the extent that they are now in widespread use and expanding to general lighting applications. Such LEDs were suitable for exit signs about three years ago, but the technology has been improved to the extent that there are now LED equivalents for many conventional lamp types, and the cost is coming down all the time.Therefore, LEDs are now suitable for not only exit signs, but also for other emergency lightingluminaires, and they bring many benefits for lighting designers, building managers and building occupants.
Apart from other benefits, the advantages of LED emergency lightingsystems are reduced energy and maintenance costs – both essential in lowering the total cost of ownership of emergency lighting systems.
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