With what seems like endless possibilities, the Exit Lights in the future could be more interesting than one would initially think.
So, what is on the horizon with Exit and Emergency Lighting?
- Exit signs that talk and direct or guide people to the nearest and safest exit?
In an emergency one exit pathway may be blocked, too dangerous to use or a person may be vision impaired, this technology would have the ability to direct and guide people to the nearest and safest exit pathway.
- Will self-testing systems do away with the need for 6 Monthly testing requirements?
Self-testing Exit and Emergency Lighting is already available, but it doesn’t effectively match the legislative requirements. However, self-testing provides more regular testing and can report in real time when lights fail rather than having to wait until the 6 monthly test date becomes due to become aware of the failure.
- Will Exit and Emergency Lights advance like other electronic products as the years roll on?
While a natural progression should occur like all technology to smarter, smaller, thinner less bulky lighting will we see Exit and Emergency lighting follow suit.
- Will manufacturers be able to develop an Exit and Emergency light that will last longer?
The market has products they claim will last 5 years, and we have seen some that have, however, we have yet to see products that consistently last 5 years or more.
- FCF Fire and Electrical continues to push for better quality, better performing products and better solutions in Exit and Emergency Lighting to provide greater value for to the benefit our clients.
In addition to the exciting possibilities mentioned above, the future of Exit Lights holds even more potential advancements that can greatly enhance safety and efficiency in emergency situations. Here are some additional aspects to consider:
- Integration with Building Management Systems (BMS)
Exit and Emergency Lights could become seamlessly integrated with BMS, allowing for centralized control and monitoring of the entire lighting system. This integration would enable real-time alerts, automatic testing, and easy maintenance management, ensuring that all lights are functioning optimally at all times.
- Enhanced visibility and guidance
Future Exit Lights could incorporate advanced lighting technologies to improve visibility in emergency situations. These lights may utilize brighter and more energy-efficient LED sources, directional lighting, or even augmented reality features to provide clearer directions and guide people towards the nearest exits.
- Advanced emergency communication
Exit signs in the future may go beyond simple directional indicators. They could be equipped with built-in communication capabilities, such as speakers or intercom systems, to provide important instructions or updates during emergencies. This would further assist individuals in navigating through complex or hazardous scenarios.
- Energy efficiency and sustainability
As environmental consciousness grows, Exit and Emergency Lighting may focus on enhancing energy efficiency and sustainability. Future lights could incorporate advanced power management systems, such as low-power standby modes or energy harvesting technologies, to reduce energy consumption and reliance on external power sources.
- Integration with emergency response systems
Exit Lights could be designed to interface with emergency response systems, enabling seamless coordination with fire alarms, security systems, and emergency services. This integration would enhance overall emergency preparedness, allowing for faster response times and improved situational awareness for both building occupants and first responders.
- Enhanced durability and lifespan
Manufacturers may invest in research and development to create more durable and longer-lasting Exit and Emergency Lights. This could involve using robust materials, implementing better heat dissipation mechanisms, or exploring new lighting technologies that have extended lifespans. The aim would be to minimize maintenance requirements and increase the overall reliability of the lighting systems.
- Customizable design options
In the future, Exit and Emergency Lights might offer customizable design options to seamlessly integrate with various architectural styles and interior aesthetics. This would enable businesses to maintain a cohesive visual appearance while prioritizing safety and compliance.
As the industry continues to evolve, FCF Fire and Electrical, will remain at the forefront of advocating for improved quality, performance, and solutions in Exit and Emergency Lighting. By embracing these advancements, businesses can ensure the safety and well-being of their occupants while benefitting from greater efficiency and peace of mind.