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Types Of Emergency Lighting

By July 24, 2022August 3rd, 2022No Comments

Types Of Emergency Lighting

There are various types of emergency lighting available for buildings. Each serve a different purpose. Generally speaking, there are three main types of emergency lighting. These types of emergency lighting are known as Escape Route Lighting, Open Area Lighting and Standby Lighting.

Emergency lighting provides illumination for individuals. This is done to help them safely and efficiently evacuate a building in case of an emergency. Emergency lighting in buildings is required by law.

In this blog post we look at the three main types of emergency lighting and how they work. This will help you see which type or types of emergency lighting you need in your building. These are three main emergency lighting solutions you could have in your building.

  • Escape Route Lighting.

Escape route lighting ensure that those within the building can quickly identify escape routes. This will enable a clear and easy evacuation from the building.

  • Open Area Lighting.

Open area lighting is designed to provide sufficient lighting to reduce panic for those within the building. This lighting will also help them evacuate safely in case of an emergency.

  • Standby Lighting.

It is important to note that standby lighting is not required by law. It may also not be needed in some commercial buildings or sites for example. However, for many buildings it will enhance the fire safety for the site, building, employees and those within the building. Standby lighting allows normal everyday site activities to continue, even when the main power source cuts out. This is common for things like floor lighting for example.


Another type of emergency lighting that we have not yet touched on is High-Risk Task Area Lighting. High-risk task area lighting provides light in areas of a building where high-risk tasks take place. This could be areas surrounding machinery or chemicals for example. It could also be in areas where individuals need to safely stop a task or shut down machinery before evacuating the building.

If you are unsure of the correct emergency lighting for your building or you have faulty emergency lighting, call our team.