Smart Building Exit Light testing
There are several systems which can be classed as Remote Testing, Self-Testing and Non-Personalized Testing of Exit and Emergency Lights, these have a wireless interconnection between single point systems and a central computer or module and can report back to a data program to produce a report on buildings Exit and Emergency Lighting status.
FCF Fire and Electrical specializes in these systems, however they are not for everyone, as the cost to install is typically more than most businesses want to pay for an Exit and Emergency Lighting.
Those that see the benefit are normally businesses that are looking at longer term occupancy of the building or premises.
These systems carry the benefit of not having to wait six months for a test and can also reduce the testing time required for a technician and these systems can be set to test at intervals that suit the client but still be withing within the testing requirements outlined in AS2293.2.
To find out more about the latest equipment available, please contact FCF Fire and Electrical Exit and Emergency Lighting specialists for more information.
Central Point Systems
Central Point Systems are becoming obsolete, with very few still in operation.
This type of system relies on a bank of batteries located in a central part of the building which were connected to the Exit or Emergency Light using fire rated cabling that would not burn or breakdown from fire, thus enabling lights to remain operational for a sufficient period while people exited the building.
This type of system had very few light failures as it really was just a light bulb behind a sign, however, they were not cost effective due to space required for a battery room, battery chargers and quantity of batteries.
As batteries improve this type of system could see a comeback with Lithium-Ion batteries.
Single Point Systems
This type of Exit or Emergency Light is where the battery, charger, cards, and light source are all located at the same point.
These are the most common in today’s environment and possibly for the foreseeable future as single point units continue to advance in technology.
Some units can self-test and others can link to a central system.