What is Emergency Lighting? Why is it important?

Emergency lighting is essential infrastructure for any building to ensure occupant safety.

In the case of an “emergency”, these lights play a significant role for safety. Even if the building’s power is out, emergency lights illuminate utilising batteries to visually indicate safe passage out for building occupants. That is why the fire and safety law regulates the proper management and function of emergency lighting.

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. Emergency Lightings must be tested, maintained and compliant as set out in AS/NZS 2293 standard, failure to comply can result in a penalty and puts building occupants safety at risk.

YES. They consume a lot of electricity. YES. They require a tremendous amount of effort and money to maintain.

What does Emergency Lighting look like?

Emergency Lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit their environment and application. Here are some of the common Emergency Lighting form factors:

Exit Lights

Exit lights are placed within buildings to clearly indicate exits for safe evacuation during emergencies

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Batten Lights

Batten lights are typically used in locations such as fire stairs or car parks to provide high visibility in large areas

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Oyster Lights

Oyster lights are commonly used in common areas where large amounts of illumination are required in a visually aesthetic form factor.

View WBS Oyster Lights
LED Emergency Spitfire Light

Spotfire Lights

Spotfires are compact in design and are commonly used in areas where aesthetics are of importance

View WBS Spotfire Lights

How Does Emergency Lighting Work?

Emergency lighting is wired to the building’s electrical supply and will commonly have its own dedicated electrical circuit for redundancy.  All emergency light is fitted with its own dedicated battery to function as a backup power supply for when the building loses power. These batteries are what ensures the products provide their primary function, but they come at a significant cost. Batteries have a significantly short life-span which means all emergency lighting must be tested to ensure the battery can still provide emergency light for a minimum of 90 minutes as set out in the standards. These tests are required to be performed every 6 months by a licensed professional.

Why use WBS emergency lights?

All our products are designed and developed in-house by our Research and Development engineers that are stringently tested that ensures product reliability and longevity. We pride ourselves in supplying the market with affordable, quality products backed with a warranty that is double the industry standard, we continually strive at challenging ourselves, raising the bar in developing the next generation of emergency lighting.

What is EMIoT?

Emergency lights Internet of Things (EMIoT) is a holistic emergency lights management system provided by WBS Technology. EMIoT embeds emergency lighting with EMIoT modules to develop a scalable and stable network that leverages pre-existing infrastructure to reduce costs. Our EMIoT technology offers a management system designed to provide peace of mind. The main benefits are:
Peace of mind: EMIoT service performs all necessary maintenance, testing and compliance included in our affordable flat rate.
No muss no fuss: With our technology, EMIoT requires no drilling or cabling, no additional equipment installed in the building.
Smart building: All emergency lights are monitored and controlled via our cloud platform to allow for transparent and real-time status reports.
Smarter building: EMIoT opens the IoT network to any device in your building (e.g., smoke alarm, CO2 sensor) so your building becomes smarter.

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