The organization Belysningsbranschen and the working group Safety through Emergency Lighting (FSN) have on several occasions carried out studies on how the situation looks in public buildings when it comes to emergency lighting. The studies have been about looking more closely at whether the emergency lighting works and whether the supervision of property owners and authorities has been satisfactory. The results of the surveys have been disappointing. All too often the emergency lighting has been completely out of order and the main reason has been judged to be the negligence of the property owners in carrying out the necessary checks.
- We have also seen that supervision and current regulations are not followed in public buildings and facilities, says Anders Adelin, newly appointed product manager for the emergency lighting area at KAMIC. If you look at this question fundamentally, emergency lighting is ultimately about securing the escape routes and saving lives. If the ongoing control is not taken care of according to the existing rules, properties can become pure death traps if the accident is imminent, says Anders.
Emergency lighting is a safety product and is prescribed today in all public environments such as schools, hospitals, hotels, shops, parking garages, work and meeting rooms, etc. The aim is, of course, to easily find the escape routes in the event of a danger such as fire, smoke, gas emissions, bomb or terrorist threats. Even a simple power outage can be a reason for evacuation. But it doesn't just have to be about evacuation. The emergency lighting must also provide enough light to be able to finish important shutdown procedures which in themselves can become a danger if they are allowed to continue. The same relationship applies to fire and other safety equipment, it must be able to be found when danger is present.
Governing laws and requirements
It is the Housing Agency, the Work Environment Agency, the Electrical Safety Agency and the Swedish Rescue Agency's laws and requirements that govern where and how emergency lighting must be installed. Swedish Standard and FSN provide advice and recommendations on the issues. When it comes to maintenance and functional tests, there are a number of parameters that are important to follow. Technology today has made it easier to see if an emergency light arm is faulty or broken. Emergency lighting systems with central or remote monitoring make it easier to monitor larger facilities if you compare, for example, with smaller premises where the fixtures usually have to be controlled manually. The possibility of self-testing at the luminaire level is still a good solution.
- Most emergency lighting fixtures on the market today are equipped with a self-test function, which makes it easier to detect errors in both electronics and batteries, says Anders Adelin. In cases where there are errors or other deviations, the luminaire indicates this via a flashing LED and the problem can be rectified, says Anders.
Log book for running notes
When a facility is put into operation, in accordance with the Swedish Standard, there must be drawings showing the entire emergency lighting installation. These must be signed by the person in charge and kept in the property as confirmation that the facility's installation meets the Swedish Standard. A logbook for ongoing notations of routine checks, tests, errors and deficiencies must also be drawn up and saved in a similar way for the future. A way to ensure that tests and ongoing checks are carried out as intended.
- It is you as the property owner who has the ultimate responsibility for checks and tests being carried out. If you have a temporary or permanent tenant in a premises, the task and responsibility passes on to them, Anders points out.
The regulations regarding testing intervals for emergency lighting look like this:
1.) If the requirement is at least 1 hour of emergency light operation, the system must be tested for at least 15 minutes every month.
2.) In addition to the monthly check, the luminaires must also be capacity tested for 1 hour, once a year, i.e. 100% emergency operation to see the function and condition of the batteries.
If you want more knowledge about why, how and where emergency lighting should be installed and maintained, contact our back office employees on +46 54-57 01 20 who can tell you more.
Statistics show that over 20,000 residential fires occur annually in Sweden. 85 percent of those who are seriously injured or killed in a fire do so at home. On December 1 every year, the Fire Protection Association and Swedish MSB, among others, mark "Fire Alarm Day" - an important day when the public is invited to test their fire alarms to check that they really work.
We are now releasing a luminaire series where you smartly and easily get the best out of two worlds. Hermetic Avant is the name of the luminaire that you can use both as emergency light and general lighting. A robust linear luminaire in a stripped-down design that is best suited in more demanding environments, but which can also be installed in more public spaces.
With the goal of further developing the business, we are now changing the leading roles within the focus areas of emergency lighting systems and uninterruptible power supply, UPS. New Product Managers with shared responsibility for the product areas are Patrik Öhrfeldt and Fredrik Toftgård.
Do you need to light up the facade, entrance ceiling or garage driveway at home? In that case, we currently have autumn prices on selected outdoor lighting within the popular Funkis series. Timelessly designed and stylishly designed ceiling, facade and ground lighting for both home and public environments. Take the opportunity to find bright outdoor lighting now at greatly reduced prices!
We continue the work of developing and strengthening the various functions of the business. Newly hired Global Business Unit Director EMC for area shielding technology/EMC, from September 1, 2023, is Jonas Eriksson.
We are now launching an emergency lighting series specially developed for mounting on 3-phase rail. A perfect solution for new production or renovation jobs in restaurant, office or shop environments where quick and easy assembly is desired. The series includes all types of emergency light fixtures, all of which are equipped with a universal adapter that fits most 3-phase rails on the market.
A type of fire protection that is now starting to gain more market share is wireless fire alarms. In Sweden, the wired fire alarms still make up a clear majority of sales, but interest is now growing in the wireless variants. Security today is very high and there is no longer as much difference in total cost compared to a wired system. A modern wireless fire alarm also has a significantly faster installation time than the wired variants, which is a big advantage.
Since the start in the fall of 1983, KAMIC has grown from a small company to part of a large group. Many years have passed and a lot of water has flown under the bridges - the workforce has increased by hundreds of percent, turnover as well. KAMIC has worked its way up to become a respected name in the industry. We are now celebrating 40 years as a company where commitment and development continue unabated.