Emergency lighting is a lighting fixture with a battery pack that turns on automatically when a building experiences a power failure.
In the event of an “emergency”, these lights play a significant role in the safety of residents. If there is a power failure, emergency lights illuminate, utilising batteries to visually indicate the fastest and safest route for occupants to exit the building.
Emergency lighting is required to meet the Australian standards set out in AS/NZS 2293 Parts 1, 2 and 3. These standards outline the design, installation, maintenance and product requirements of emergency lighting systems required in all commercial premises. All emergency lighting must be tested, maintained and compliant as set out in AS/NZS 2293 standard.
What do Emergency Lights look like?
Emergency Lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Each fixture is designed to suit their environment and application. Below are some of the more common Emergency Lighting fixtures used within buildings:
Exit lights are placed within buildings to clearly indicate exits for safe evacuation during emergencies
Batten lights are typically used in locations such as fire stairs or car parks to provide high visibility in large areas
Oyster lights are commonly used in common areas where large amounts of illumination are required in a visually aesthetic form factor.
How Do Emergency Lights Work?
Emergency lighting is wired to the building’s electrical supply and will commonly have its own dedicated electrical circuit for redundancy. All emergency lights are fitted with their own dedicated battery to function as a backup power supply for when the building loses power.
The batteries ensure that the product performs its primary function, unfortunately, this can come at a significant cost. Batteries have a significantly short life-span than other lighting components. Therefore, all emergency lighting must be tested to ensure the battery can provide emergency light for a minimum of 90 minutes. These tests are required to be performed every 6 months by a licensed professional.
Click here to learn more about emergency light testing.
Why use WBS emergency lights?
Quality & Reliability
We pride ourselves on supplying the market with affordable, quality products backed with a warranty that is double the industry standard. All WBS products are designed and developed in-house by our Research and Development engineers. They are stringently tested to ensure product reliability and longevity.
Safety & Sustainability
WBS Technology emergency lights all use long-life energy-saving LEDs (light emitting diodes) to reduce operational and maintenance costs.
Learn more about the benefits of LED emergency lighting in our LED Vs Fluorescent Emergency Lighting Technology article.
What is EMIoT?
EMIoT is a network emergency lighting system and service that covers buildings emergency lighting requirements over a 5-year period. Furthermore, EMIoT provides buildings managers and owners with transparency by providing real-time test results and retesting capabilities online.
The EMIoT network service agreement covers:
- The standard installation of new energy-saving LED fittings
- 24/7 emergency light monitoring
- Unlimited remote online emergency light testing
- AFSS emergency lighting certificates
- 5-year labour warranty
- 5-year parts manufacturer warranty
The EMIoT network can also be used to connect other smart building devices throughout your building. This will ensure that building managers and owners can predict maintenance, reduce energy consumption, enhance security and safety in the facility.
Learn more about EMIoT here.