Light regularly guides the way in life, but when it comes to business, it can literally mean the difference between life or death.
That might sound a bit dramatic, but we’re of course referring to emergency lighting, which is so easily overlooked as a vital business asset.
Given it’s name, you won’t be surprised to hear that emergency lighting is principally there for when the worst happens, but it has other benefits too, five of which we’ve decided to cover in this blog post!
1. You’ll never be without lighting!
Lighting can fail for a number of reasons, but if it happens to go out during the winter months and during a working period for your business, productivity will take an immense hit.
Emergency lighting (when properly maintained), is always on and therefore something of a godsend if the main lights happen to go out when you need them most.
2. The investment will be recouped
There’s no getting away from the investment required to have emergency lighting installed, but that investment can be quickly recouped.
Although not guaranteed, you might find that your insurance premiums drop slightly with emergency lighting installed, and if the main lamps do go out, you can reduce the amount of expensive hours lost to non-productivity.
3. It’ll guide the way for employees
Should an incident occur that requires the premises to be evacuated, emergency lighting will ensure employees can make their way safely to the most appropriate exits.
Remember – those green exit signs we usually ignore are powered by emergency lighting and will guide the way for employees if something goes significantly wrong.
4. It’s a godsend if you suffer power outages
As noted in benefit one, emergency lighting means you’ll never be without lighting, and if you happen to work in a location that regularly suffers from power outages, you won’t have to ‘go blind’ at the same time.
5. It uses LED technology
Modern emergency lighting systems are usually powered by LED technology, which offers a number of fantastic benefits:
- they’re less fragile and consequently have longer lifespans;
- LEDs are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs;
- they light up incredibly quickly and can be turned on and off frequently without damage being caused; and
- LEDs don’t contain mercury and are therefore less toxic than their traditional forefathers.
Put simply, due to their significant environmental and energy efficiency benefits, LED lights are safer and will save your business a decent amount of money in the long run.
Emergency lighting is required under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for many commercial properties, but even if you for some reason fall outside of that remit, it’ll be one of the most important investments your business makes.