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Maintained Emergency Lighting Definition

What Is Maintained Emergency Lighting?

The lengthy name makes this type of system seem complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. Maintained emergency lighting is a luminary system that remains on at all times, even when there isn’t an emergency.

What’s Special About This Type of System?

To get a better understanding of the definition of maintained emergency lighting, you need to know about its opposite, non-maintained emergency lighting. Non-maintained emergency lighting is usually off, and only turns on when the regular lighting system and its power systems have failed.

The non-maintained emergency lighting uses backup power in case of an emergency like a fire or power outage. These systems are special because they use both backup and regular power sources to remain lit at all times, including emergencies.

Why Maintained Emergency Lighting Systems?

Few facilities benefit from these systems. Most offices, schools, shops and other buildings use non-maintained emergency lighting. However, large assembly spaces, like auditoriums, movie theaters and night clubs use this type of lighting. These spaces need to have emergency lighting just as schools, shops and offices, but they don’t need as much day-to-day lighting as them. To get more bang for their buck, theaters, auditoriums and clubs use their emergency lighting to illuminate spaces.

These spaces also enjoy the benefit of simplified maintenance. With non-maintained systems, facility managers need to regularly test the equipment to see if it will work in the event of an emergency. Testing is the only way to find out if a luminary works for them, but for a facility with maintained emergency lighting, facility managers can immediately see when a luminary has failed.

What System Is Right For You?

There’s no one size fits all when it comes to emergency lighting. Depending on the facility, your needs will be different. Ultimately you want what’s practical. Our team has been in emergency lighting for over 30 years. For help understanding legal requirements or lighting options, give them a call today. They’ll lead you to the right solutions for you.