The law obliges many buildings such as office blocks to have emergency exit signs. As part of cost-cutting measures, building managers are reducing energy consumption by installing emergency exit signs with LEDs.
It’s not often you find a product with the ability to save money and keep people safe. LEDs are such a product. LED bulbs can cut electricity costs by up to 90% compared to traditional, incandescent equivalents. And yet the quality of light from LEDs is as good as, if not better than, the light from other types of bulb.
You make further savings because LED bulbs last for 50,000 hours. Incandescent bulbs and halogens have a life expectancy of 1,000 hours. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) last for 10,000 hours.
You can also replace your existing emergency exit signs with ease. LED signs run from standard 240-volt systems. And if the electricity fails, a battery keeps the LEDs running for three hours.
Battery-powered LED emergency lights
Other LED lighting systems with battery backup include emergency downlights, spotlights and bulkhead lights. These give emergency lighting in the event of a mains power failure.
Dimmable LED bulbs
If you’re thinking of replacing your current emergency exit signs with LEDs, you might want to look at other forms of emergency lighting in your building. For example, if you install dimmable LED bulbs, you can turn the lighting down when most people have gone home. Dimmable LEDs allow you to keep a safe amount of light in hallways and lobbies for those who work late.
Please note: always use a suitably qualified electrical contractor for any emergency sign or emergency lighting work.