Safety should be a top priority when it comes to our site and those working on it. For fires, power failures, or even a natural disaster, it’s important to put in place safety measures that help minimize the consequences. For that instance, and as stated under UK law, it’s a crucial requirement for your building to have internal emergency lighting solutions but the exterior always gets overlooked in legislation. Imagine though, that you need to exit a business complex or site and head to a meeting point, emergency LED bollards can help navigate you to safety along paths and walkways. Whether you’d like a 3000k warm white LED bollard or a cooler white light, you can combine aesthetics and functionality with an emergency LED bollard.
Emergency Lighting: Why is It Important?
When an emergency event occurs, such as a fire or a power failure, it’s perfectly understandable that some people will experience a sense of panic that can lead to confusion and disorientation. To avoid injuries and to make it easier for people to find their way out, buildings should be prepared with emergency lighting that guides people to a safe area. With Emergency LED bollards, you can take an extra step and provide further safety for your site’s exterior walkways and meeting points.
Emergency LED Bollard: How do They Work?
An Emergency LED bollard works the same way as other emergency lighting solutions. Through a battery backup system, the luminaire can remain on, or switch on automatically in case of a power outage or failure from the electrical supply source.
This emergency battery backup option can be installed in any bollard style you wish, including stainless steel bollards, grey bollards, louvered bollards and round bollards, and flat bollards. The emergency battery backup system also works with all mounting types, including a surface mount bollard, flange plate bollard, or root mount bollard. You can also combine any colour temperature, such as 3000k warm white light, making it a tailored emergency lighting solution for your project needs. In addition, all our Emergency LED bollards are DALI self-test, taking away the responsibility of having to do regular manual testing and letting the DALI control system manage it.
Emergency LED Bollard: How to Choose the Perfect One
When deciding on the right Emergency LED bollard, you’ll have to choose between maintained or non-maintained. Maintained solutions have been a popular choice for emergency lighting as they are more cost-effective compared to non-maintained ones. This is because maintained emergency lighting also operates as a standard light, but non-maintained is a standalone light that only turns on during a power failure, therefore needing different additional lighting for the same area.
Most importantly, as with every important purchase we make, quality plays a big role in its functionality. This is especially important for an emergency LED bollard as low-quality products may not perform at their full capacity when running on the battery backup system and not have enough time to meet the requirements. And if you are still uncertain or need further advice, speak to a consultant in the field as they will be able to answer all your queries.
Emergency LED Bollard: Q&A
Are Emergency LED BOLLARDS A Legal Requirement?
Yes – for internal non-domestic properties. Having emergency lighting in non-domestic internal areas is a legal requirement, as stated by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Failure to do so will result in a penalty for the owner of the company. However, the law doesn’t apply to the exterior of your building, making it a personal choice but we recommend including it for an extra level of safety.
Can Emergency LED Bollards Be On All the Time?
Yes and no. Our Emergency LED E3 HR bollards are maintained, meaning they primarily operate as a standard bollard. But in case of a power failure, the bollard will use the battery backup power and work for up to 3 hours. Most of our bollards provide 100% of their light output, depending on the performance power selected, see the BLF chart for more information.
Where Should Emergency LED Bollards Be Placed?
Ultimately, Emergency LED bollards should be placed on areas that need illumination to provide guidance. This could mean walkways, buildings’ private parks, car parks, etc. For more information, we advise you to speak to a lighting designer to help create a considered lighting design in accordance with the latest standards for your project.
How Many Emergency LED Bollards Do You Need?
How many Emergency LED bollards you’ll need depends entirely on your site. Typically we would advise that 1 in 3 bollards should be emergency, and also to place bollards near emergency exits. To best assess this, speak to a consultant in the field or speak to our lighting designers so they can best advise you. Our dedicated, experienced team at Gemma Lighting will be more than happy to support you and provide a lighting design to determine how many emergency LED bollards you need.
Emergency LED Bollard with PIR
If you wish to have a more customised lighting solution for your site or commercial building, you can opt for an integral PIR sensor when purchasing an Emergency LED bollard. You can learn more about PIR LED Bollard.
Likewise, when you opt for an integral maintained emergency conversion pack for your bollard from a LED bollard manufacturer like Gemma Lighting, you are choosing a cost-effective solution as you won’t be needing to deal with the costs of purchasing a stand-alone emergency lighting solution.
Contact us Today
Gemma Lighting is an Award-Winning LED Bollard Manufacturer with over 40 years of experience in designing and manufacturing electronics, and 20 years of manufacturing high-quality, long-lasting exterior lighting solutions for our clients, including Emergency LED bollards.
If you need assistance in finding the right bollard for emergency lighting, book a consultation with our dedicated Sales team or contact us directly at +44 (0) 800 999 5201.