Emergency photolumeniscent low level way guidance systems
Emergency lighting is used in cases of power failure ensuring people are able to follow directions to the nearest exit. However when a fire occurs the smoke will build up and begin to block the emergency lighting a such the directions to the fire exits will not be visible causing danger to life. In comparison to the conventional electrical emergency lighting we recommend photoluminescent emergency lighting.
Photoluminescent lighting is glow in the dark. High grade photoluminescent materials which have been tested to achieve Lloyds Type Approval certification for marine, offshore, industrial and commercial application for safety signs and escape route illumination systems, it functions without any electricity and is self sustaining, additionally the placement for this lighting is along the corridor ensuring visibility.
Photoluminescent materials have been around for a very long time with one of the first installations being utilised by the Germans during World War II in order to be able to see without the need for electrical lighting. U-Boat Commanders used to rub the powder on their hands charge it and use the afterglow to read maps whilst above water at night.
With the advancements of technology photoluminescent products today provide a higher intensity of light and has been the prefered choice of emergency lighting in many other countries across the Globe including Japan, U.S.A and Australia.
Please note that BS5266 part 1 2016 Clause 6.4 states; The normal height for luminaries should be at least 2 m, but the mounting height might need to be risk-assessed for the application, taking into account the effects of glare, the need to be below the possible build-up of smoke in smoke reservoirs, conditions in specific buildings (e.g. heritage buildings), or to highlight specific hazards such as stairs.
Photoluminescent Emergency Light Maintenance
By law fire safety equipment has to be maintained in an efficient and functioning state, photoluminescent emergency lighting does not require short interval inspections for maintenance this is because it does not require any electricity.
GB Compliance are advocates and providers for photoluminescent emergency lighting, we have a dedicated team who provide you with professional, reliable consultancy as well as the best in the market quote.