LED Emergency Lighting: It’s Time to Retrofit
September 17, 2020
Emergency lighting is just as important, if not more, than the other fixtures within your establishment. Often on in the background of our everyday lives, this lighting becomes critical when an emergency occurs. If your emergency lighting is not up to par, the consequences can be fatal.
Today, most experts recommend the use of light-emitting diode (LED) emergency lighting. For many reasons, which will be explained below, LED emergency lighting has become an industry standard. Keep reading to learn more about why an LED emergency lighting retrofit may be the right move for you.
LED Emergency Lighting
Below, the experts with Action Services Group highlight the top 6 reasons why LED emergency lighting should be essential to your organization.
When it comes to a retrofit of any kind, one of the first things owners of commercial properties worry about is cost. LED emergency lighting typically costs about the same as those that use incandescent or fluorescent lamps. However, they are more cost-efficient in the long run. While we will dig deeper into it below, LED lights are more energy-efficient, durable, and longer-lasting than all other types of lamps. In an emergency, the cost will not matter, but the durability and dependability of your LED emergency lighting will.
LED lights are the most energy-efficient type of lighting available today. In fact, they are 85% to 90% more efficient than incandescent lamps and 40% to 50% more than fluorescent. In fact, LED fixtures in general can reduce energy consumption by 40% to 90% overall. But, in an emergency, you likely are not thinking about energy efficiency. However, energy-efficient lighting does mean that, should the power fail during a fire, the backup batteries included in fire exit signs keep the LED lights on longer than they would incandescent or fluorescent counterparts, giving occupants more time to get out.
While in this article we are discussing LED Emergency Lighting, there are a variety of common Led retrofit questions that you can find answers to in our LED Retrofit Education Center. You can also start with reading, 3 Key Items When Considering an LED Retrofit.
When smoke from a fire darkens a room, brightness becomes invaluable. Exit signs that remain bright even in the darkest of conditions is vital to the safe evacuation of building occupants. LEDs are some of the brightest lights available today. Additionally, they do not flicker – which means occupants have bright, constant emergency lighting to help them evacuate quickly.
LED lights are known for their tremendously long lifespan. In fact, LEDs last almost 50 times longer than their incandescent counterparts. With a lifespan of at least 50,000 hours more than incandescent lamps, LED emergency lights will last substantially longer.
When you start to research an LED’s lifespan or an LED’s life rating vs. a traditional light source you will begin to truly understand the maintenance savings. In, Understanding LED Lifespan, we walk you through all of the different aspects of a lamps rated life and show you where the LED lands on the expected life scale vs other lamps.
With a long lifespan, LED lighting means reduced maintenance. While LED lights require the same inspections and testing as all other emergency lighting, replacement becomes much less frequent. (This is yet another cost-savings reason to use LED emergency lighting. After all, constantly having to replace emergency lamps after every inspection can be costly!)
LED lights are exceptionally durable. Incandescent and fluorescent lamps can be easily damaged or destroyed due to shocks, vibrations, and power surges. Because of this, they may fail prematurely and this can compromise safety. LED lights, on the other hand, are known to withstand these types of jars and shakes. This means LEDs are much more likely to fully function despite an earthquake, fire, or other serious impacts to the surrounding building.
LED Emergency Lighting with Action Services Group
Exit signs and fire exit signs are essential parts of any emergency plan. Having emergency lighting that is reliable, long-lasting, and bright ensures these fixtures aid occupants in safely exiting a building. LED emergency lighting is the best option. Contact Action Services Group today to learn more about an LED emergency lighting retrofit! Call 800-223-0982 or email email@example.com.