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7 Key Trends in Emergency Lighting

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Emergency lights are the back-up lights which are very helpful in case of a power outage. They get illuminated automatically once they sense that the power supply is not functional any more.

Emergency lighting is also known as back-up lighting that gets illuminated in the entire building or a part of the building based on the codes it has been modelled upon. It serves the function of helping people to get out of the location that has experienced a power cut or a power failure by improving the visibility of the area by a certain extent, especially the way to the exit.

In addition to aiding a safe exit, another very critical function of emergency lights is to help the fire safety team, guards, etc. to find the firefighting equipment, to locate the central source of power, and to shut the apparatus in case there is an indication of them becoming unsafe if they remain switched on.

Key Trends in the space of emergency lighting

There has been lot of innovation and research in the field of emergency lighting which has enhanced its success rate especially when its use is coupled with emergency exit signs, single and three phase power emergency systems for UPS and generator like devices.

Listed below are some of the major trends and developments that have been observed in the recent times in the field of emergency lighting and emergency exit signs.

1. Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs as they are generally known have been around for some time but could not be used due to their high costs and weak performance of white LEDs in general illumination.

Also, it was found that LEDs showcased varying colours in its lighting output thus, making its in emergency lighting as well as exit signs a little doubtful. On the other hand, due to the small size of LEDs, emergency lighting can be restructured altogether pertaining to smaller impressions. This helps in casting LED in edge lighting where one can use them to highlight small letters along the emergency exit signs.

2. Newly developed thermoplastics are another revolution in this field increasing the robustness of emergency lighting and exit signs.

3. Nickel cadmium batteries have been replaced by nickel metal hydride batteries that are configured to provide higher capacity; they are also eco-friendly to use and so is their production. However, nickel metal hydride has its own negatives. It is expensive, is more sensitive to deep discharge and utilizes a very sophisticated charging algorithm for its functioning.

4. Analytical devices have started becoming available that provide useful information to users such as faults, voltage, amperage, and power status and battery life.

5. In order to have minimal effect on environment and maximum utility for people, the makers of emergency lighting have always tried to seek solutions. In addition to the aesthetics, emergency exit signs are provided in multiple languages, and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and LEDs are increasingly employed to improve illumination.

6. Steps have also been taken to construct lighting systems in a manner that are not vulnerable to any trespassing.

7. There is also a movement towards mounting emergency lighting and outdoor applications that are beyond the building to encompass a larger area for a full proof evacuation.

There is absolutely no doubt that the emergency lighting industry is expected to have a bright future as its evolution becomes increasingly important for architects, designers and fire safety professionals.

The reason why we are seeing such new development frequently is its spiralling demand in residential, industrial and commercial sectors. Consistent technology renewal subject to it being environment friendly and continuously improving utility for users will further fuel growth in the emergency lighting industry.

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