Standards and regulations for evacuation and emergency lighting

Every building should meet a number of safety requirements, including adequate lighting of escape routes. This makes it easier and faster to leave an endangered building, which directly translates into the protection of the health and life of the occupants.

Buildings - both residential and public buildings - should be designed to facilitate evacuation. In the event of a fire or other circumstances that threaten the health or life of the occupants, getting out of the interior should be as quick as possible. Therefore, appropriate emergency lighting should be installed to indicate the direction of the escape route and sufficiently illuminate parts of it.

It is equally important that emergency lighting operate in the event of a power outage. An excellent example of this type of luminaire can be DOT CS LED, a standalone model with an integrated, energy-efficient LED light module, appearing with batteries with an emergency operating time of 1h, 2h or 3h. When access to electricity is cut off, the luminaire will provide light for another few hours, allowing you to leave the facility smoothly.

Modern emergency lighting

Emergency lighting must keep up with the technological solutions offered on the market. At Lena Lighting, you can get modern luminaires with integrated, energy-efficient LED light panels. This convenience significantly reduces operating costs. The external part of lamps of this type is made of high-quality polycarbonate, providing the products with extraordinary durability and resistance to very low or very high temperatures. This is of great importance in an emergency situation. An example is DOT CR LED, a flush-mounted lamp that has a CNBOP Certificate. Open Space distribution, which emits light from the luminaire, is dedicated to open office areas with lower height.

Legal standards for evacuation and emergency lighting

The rules for escape lighting are very strict. No wonder - to a large extent, it is the proper illumination of the escape route that determines the speed of getting out of a threatened building. Among the legal standards that emergency luminaires must meet are:

PN-EN 1838:2013-11 - requirements for emergency lighting systems and backup lighting installed in buildings or premises,

PN-EN 50172:2005 – provisions for the lighting of escape routes and safety signs, as well as the minimum requirements and parameters of this type of lighting depending on the size, type and purpose of the building,

PN-EN 50171:2007 – applies to systems permanently attached to power supplies with voltages not exceeding 1,000 volts and in those where batteries are used as a backup power source,

PN-EN 62034:2012 – concerns automatic testing systems for battery-powered emergency evacuation lighting,

PN-EN 60598-1:2011 – Here the requirements for luminaires for electric light sources that can operate at supply voltages not exceeding 1000 V are specified,

PN-EN 60598-1:2011 –requirements for luminaires for backup and emergency lighting,

PN-EN ISO 7010:2012 – colors and safety signs. It includes the shape and color of each of the safety signs designed in accordance with ISO 3864-1, as well as symbol designs created in accordance with ISO 3864-3,

PN-N-01256-5:1998 – rules for placing safety signs on escape routes and fire routes, as well as examples of escape route signage,

PN-IEC 60364-4-482:1999 – Supplementary requirements for evacuation in the event of an emergency and the type of stored materials,

PN-HD 60364-5-52:2011 – The exact types of power conductors, the selection of the type and method of construction depending on the building, external influences, the load capacity of the conductors and the method of construction due to the possibility of causing a fire,

PN-HD 60364-5-56:2013 – Low-voltage electrical installations - Part 5-56: Selection and installation of electrical equipment.

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