Why is an emergency lighting system essential?

Aids Life Safety

Although some may see it as just a legal tick box, in an emergency, having adequate emergency lighting can be the difference between life and death. With adequate emergency lighting equipment, occupants can locate and identify fire equipment such as fire extinguishers and manual call points, increasing life safety. Additionally, lighting equipment permits safety operations such as first aid and fire fighting.

To Allow Safe Evacuation in an Emergency

Without adequate visibility, even regular building occupants may struggle to navigate to the closest emergency exit. When you begin to factor in visitors who are not familiar with the layout of a building (for example in large buildings such as hospitals, airports
and hotels), the danger becomes even more apparent.

To Meet the Legislation of Emergency Lighting

When installing an Emergency Lighting system, it is best practice to comply with the standards. Compliance with BS 5266 parts 1, 7 and 8 would be adequate for most premises, however, some local authorities have Licensing Scheme and Registration Scheme for certain types of premises, where the risks are much greater, including –

  • Premises licenced for the sale of alcohol.
  • Very old premises, including heritage sites.
  • Premises where large numbers of people are gathered together.

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Introducing FIREscape

Moving away from bulk heads and central battery systems, Hochiki offers a completely unique, cost effective and fully compliant emergency lighting system. FIREscape is based around an addressable, emergency lighting control panel with battery back-up and features addressable, self-contained LED luminaires and exit signage connected via screened, extra-low voltage (40V) cabling. Furthermore, FIREscape is a fully self-monitored and self-testing system with a central point of control; making installation and maintenance quick and easy.

Diverse Product Range

Central to the range is an addressable emergency lighting control panel, four LED emergency lighting luminaires and BS EN ISO 7010 compliant exit signs. The luminaire range includes two high powered variants for high risk task areas, and all photometric data as been third party approved. Exit signs are available with up, down, left or right legends and are available in 20m or 40m viewing distances. All devices provide the 3-hour battery back-up, as required by BS 5266. The range also includes a variety of accessories; recess adaptors, step lights, weather-proof enclosures, brackets, batteries, input/ output units, a common mounting base and much more. This enables the installer to design an aesthetically pleasing emergency lighting system which meets all legislative requirements.

Benefits of the FIREscape® Range

FIREscape® is a unique, highly cost effective and environmentally friendly emergency lighting system based on LED technology and is the UK’s first to be fully intelligent.

FIREscape® is based around an addressable, emergency lighting control panel with battery back-up and features addressable, self contained luminaires and signage connected via screened, extra-low voltage (40V) cabling. With lighting units fitting directly onto the standard Hochiki Europe sensor base (YBN-R/3).

The system is based on LED (Light Emitting Diode) solutions that consider the useful life of the entire emergency light system, from its installation to the recycling of the equipment at the end of the life-cycle.

Due to their self-contained backup power source, the FIREscape® lighting devices can use screened, non-fire rated cabling, instead of heavy and costly fire resistant cabling, reducing the installation costs associated with traditional emergency lighting systems.

The FIREscape® emergency light system has also been designed, bearing operational safety and user-friendliness in mind. It constantly controls the condition of the lights’ LEDs and batteries. If necessary, the system will provide specific information on the status, either locally on a keypad or by representing it graphically at the control centre of the service provider using an IP or GSM network.

By using the optional PC-based graphical software, the luminaire status information can be linked with floor plans showing the alarm locations.

  • Environmentally friendly in energy costs and CO2e emissions
  • A cost-efficient system to implement and maintain
  • it luminaires and emergency exit signs share the same circuit
  • Easy installation, Easy to service and maintain
  • Reduced cabling costs
  • Luminaire line length 500/1,000m
  • Two lighting lines, up to 127 devices per line
  • Operational reliability; luminaires feature integral stand-by batteries
  • Automatic luminaire battery and LED health testing features