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What to consider when choosing LED emergency lighting


When encountering an emergency, it is essential that people can leave a building both quickly and safely. Without effective lighting, accidents and injuries are more likely to occur. You have a legal responsibility to install reliable lighting. When considering installing emergency LED lighting, here are a few factors that you need to think about.


Glare


LED lights produce a bright glow, but it is important for emergency lighting to have minimised glare. Thankfully, many LED lights are designed to only provide illumination in the intended place that requires lighting. This ensures that the lights do not unintentionally dazzle, allowing individuals to exit a building as quickly as possible.


Efficient energy consumption


Another consideration when choosing emergency lighting ought to be energy consumption. LED lighting tends to have low consumption of energy compared to other lighting alternatives, particularly if it is an LED luminaire. This means that the commercial lighting which outlines your emergency exits will not have a detrimental impact on your monthly bill. Small savings such as this can go a long way in stretching your finances.


Maintenance


As emergency lighting is an essential piece of safety equipment, it is important that they are properly maintained. This requires regularly testing the system to ensure that they would work as required if an emergency arose [https://www.merkkoledlighting.co.uk/product-page/all-in-one-1w-non-maintained-3-hour-led-emergency-downlight-open-areas]. This should be done on a weekly basis, when possible, and you should ensure that staff are aware of exactly how the system works so that they can alert you if there any issues.


However, maintaining your lighting system can be time-consuming, especially when there are so many other pieces of equipment that require taking care of.


Thankfully, there are systems available where you can choose from a self-maintaining or non-maintaining function [https://www.merkkoledlighting.co.uk/product-page/5-watt-emergency-bulkhead-maintained-non-maintained-with-legend-stickers]. This means that you have the option for the lighting to maintain itself, which is particularly useful if you are absent from the premises and there is nobody on-hand who knows how to test the system.


The environment


The kind of environment where you are intending to install emergency lighting also affects the exact LED lighting that is chosen.


Some emergency lighting may be situated outdoors, so you need to ensure that the system which you install is waterproof.


On the other hand, the shape of the lighting may not be suitable for certain environments. For space that is particularly narrow, you should choose a slimline light [https://www.merkkoledlighting.co.uk/product-page/slimline-ceiling-wall-light-18w-4000k-ik10-3hr-emergency-function]. This will ensure that the light effectively fits in small corridors or hallways. What’s more, if DIY isn’t your thing, then this slimline light has an installation bracket and handy guide to make setup as easy as possible.


Power failure


As emergency lighting is used in the event of power failure, you ought to ensure that the lighting systems are fit for purpose. This means that generic LED lighting is not suitable – only emergency lighting typically has three hours of power when the electricity fails. Not only does this provide you with peace of mind should there be an emergency, but it is also a helpful backup for inevitable power cuts that do occur from time to time. If you install a regular system, this back-up will not be supplied, and your premises will be plunged into darkness. This makes the premises dangerous and an unsafe place to work or inhabit.


For all your emergency lighting needs, contact Merkko LED Lighting today. Our comprehensive range of purpose-built lights will make any premises emergency-ready.

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