Why should you consider Emergency lighting?
When you are browsing for new designer lights, you will often see an option to add Emergency battery time. In the Centerlights Linear lights series, there are options for 90 minute extra battery time, and you might ask yourself why it is worth the additional cost.
There are many good reasons to choose the Emergency Lighting options for both residential and commercial properties.
Why Emergency Lighting Is Important
Emergency lights and exit signs are generally not the first things that come to mind when thinking about energy efficiency. But that is not the case anymore, as LED's use much less energy than typical incandescent light bulbs; in fact, they use more than 75% less! With our XTR LED and RTS LED lighting series, Centerlight offers energy-efficient Batteries that last 90 minutes.
In actuality, emergency lighting and exit signage are genuinely essential for accidents or catastrophic events that require a safe and smooth evacuation from a building. It illuminates and helps people to see clearly, avoid obstacles, and move confidently to the nearest exit in a crisis.
The Emergency option allows an existing light fixture to operate in emergency battery mode during a power outage. In the event of a power failure, the emergency battery ballast operates the fixture, powering the LED linear light for a minimum of 90 minutes from the built-in backup battery.
So when you consider purchasing new lighting fixtures, don't forget about emergency lighting as an essential component.
The last time you sat in a movie theater (which seems like a long time ago now... 2020 eh?), you probably notice the exit signs illuminated in the darkness. That is because, Under OSHA regulations, a commercial building must have an emergency lighting system to be considered safe and code-compliant. Occupants of your commercial building must be able to find the exits in an emergency.
Why adding the Emergency battery option to our Linear lights series is beneficial in a commercial property.
People Are Calmer During Emergencies
When emergency lighting is installed in hallways and stairwells, like for example, the XTR LED linear pendant light, people know where they need to go. If you own a commercial building, like a store or any commercial building, you are probably aware that many of your building's occupants won't be too familiar with the layout. Being in an unfamiliar place during an emergency is unnerving, but it's less frightening when you are able to see the exits clearly.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Have standards that all commercial building owners must follow. They are in charge of regulating emergency lights and other fire protection systems to keep commercial buildings safe. To keep your facility safe and code-compliant, you'll need to follow OSHA regulations. In addition to adding the Emergency battery option to at least one-third of your XTR LED linear lights or RTS LED linear lights, We recommend contacting a fire protection contractor to inspect or install new emergency exit lights in your building.
Stairwells Stay Lit
During a blackout or any situation where the power was to go out, you absolutely do not want people to be stranded in the stairwells. Stairwells are especially dangerous during a power outage because people are more likely to, rush, accidentally push people, trip, or fall down the stairs. The best way to keep people safe during a power outage is to install XTR LED linear pendant lights, or RTS LED linear pedant lights with the 90-minute battery option Only. This way the stairwells and hallways will be lit throughout the emergency, and with emergency exit signs, who are also designed to stay illuminated during power outages, people can calmly and quickly evacuate during an emergency.
Why adding the Emergency battery option to our Linear lights series is beneficial in a residential property.
Safe And Timely Evacuations
During an emergency, like an earthquake, power outage, or When the fire alarm system goes off in your home or your office, one of the first things people do is look for the nearest exit or the emergency exits. The faster the occupants can see the exits, the sooner they'll be able to evacuate. In the event of a fire, people must have a chance to evacuate the building before they inhale too much smoke or the fire spreads.
People Are Calmer and feel safer During Emergencies.
In an emergency, people want to know how they can keep themselves safe. If your home has an RTS LED linear pendant light, or XTR LED linear pendant light with 90 minutes of extra battery time, people will feel like they have time to gather themselves, and if necessary, where to go to pick up any survival kits and essentials.
First Responders Can Do Their Jobs
In the event of a fire, emergency lights help firefighters move through your building. In the event of an earthquake with blackouts, EMT's can quickly move through your house and provide First aid. First responders are not familiar with your building's layout, especially when they are seeing it for the first time in a chaotic atmosphere. Search and rescue teams will also need to see the emergency exits clearly if they are going into your building to look for survivors.
Thus, it is definitely worth choosing the Emergency option when purchasing your Linear light series with Centerlight.