Do you Have Enough Emergency Lighting for your Building?

Emergency lighting saves lives and protects people during an emergency. These lights illuminate buildings when there is an emergency or sudden power outage, a fire, or anything in between. Buildings must have emergency lighting on exits and paths that guide people outside buildings.

Much like smoke detectors, all commercial buildings require emergency lighting. Emergency lighting can help reduce panic and stress and ensure people get out of a building safely during an emergency.

Do you have enough emergency lighting in your building? And where do buildings require emergency lighting? Read on to learn more.

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting carries strict compliance codes for installation and design. When companies do not meet these regulations, it can lead to costly delays and even fines, which is why it is critical to have a clear understanding of building requirements for emergency lighting.

Emergency lighting provides lighting in an emergency or power outage in commercial and public buildings. Buildings that require emergency lighting include:

  • Industrial buildings
  • Warehouses
  • Hotels
  • Schools
  • Malls 
  • Office buildings
  • Government offices
  • Other types of commercial buildings

What Are the Different Types of Emergency Lighting?

Exits Signs and Egress Pathways

Exit signs and egress pathways help guide people to safety if there is a fire or complete power outage and individuals cannot see through a room or a hallway. You can find this type of emergency lighting at exits in every building, marked by the word EXIT or an arrow pointing towards the exit location.

In a power outage or blackout, egress pathways are mounted on the floor and glow in the dark to provide a lit path to safety.

Emergency Lighting

Temporary Lighting

Temporary lighting allows people in buildings to continue to work while in the dark—they can be found in places like hospitals, prisons, and more. The different types of temporary lighting include:

  • Thermoplastic: Indoor use, the most affordable
  • Wet: Completely waterproof and ideal for locations with freezing temperatures
  • Architectural: Ideal for upscale interiors
  • Steel: Offered in different voltage and wattage capacities. Ideal for industrial buildings or warehouse locations
  • Hazardous: Used in locations with flammable gas and extreme environments

Emergency planning is crucial for businesses and buildings, so emergency lighting should be at the top of your list when discussing building safety. The careful design of emergency lighting is to help individuals exit a building during an emergency so that there is less risk of injury or death.

How Does Emergency Lighting Work?

Electrical engineers and architects design the electrical lighting before construction begins on a building. Batteries operate the lighting, tied to a building’s power grid. If there is a power outage, the lights turn on to help people safely exit the building. Emergency lighting must provide one foot-candle for every square foot of floor.

Buildings must install emergency lighting in all areas with people, including sidewalks. They must also automatically turn on in a power outage and stay on for a minimum of 90 minutes.

The size of a building and the location of hallways and stairways near exits determine emergency lighting installation.

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