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APR 2018

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TERMINAL LIGHTING changed, new technology has enabled new solutions. Emergency lighting systems have evolved to enable new lighting strategies that can be customized for any type of power outage and new emergency lights can be readily retrofitted into older lighting systems. NEW STRATEGIES FOR EMERGENCY LIGHTING While lighting technology may continue to advance, the basic purpose of emergency lighting remains unchanged – to provide sufficient illumination to allow people exit to safely in the event of an emergency. Safety regulations require a minimum amount of light for a preset period of operating time — usually between 90 and 180 minutes — to ensure a safe exit. What has changed is the types of emergency lighting available. Emergency lighting is moving away from halogens, fluorescents and other types of lights and beginning to standardize on LED luminaires. LEDs offer a number of advantages for emergency applications: they are low energy so they can run longer on less battery power; they are highly reliable and heat resistant so they are less prone to failure; and they can be easily installed almost anywhere, including being retrofitted into existing luminaires. Using LEDs for emergency lighting also makes it easier to stay compliant with changing building regulations. LEDs can be programmed with different lighting characteristics and even programmed with different power profiles for different applications. For example, most safety standards demand a minimum of 90 minutes of light in the event of an emergency, but larger structures, such as skyscrapers and airports, often are required to have longer illumination periods, often up to 180 minutes. With programmable power, the same LED units can be adapted for use throughout an airport and tuned to meet specific installation requirements. UNDERSTAND THE SAFETY CODES THAT APPLY Before you can choose the right types of emergency lighting, you need to know what emergency regulations apply to your airport and your region. Each state and municipality has its own building codes for emergency lighting. In New York City, for example, emergency lights are required to be encased in steel housings and illuminate all potential exits illuminated, not just those that are part of an exit plan. New York also requires a minimum of 2 fc (foot candles) of illumination at floor level; higher than the national building code which requires only 1 fc. Chicago has a different set of emergency lighting standards and even requires emergency lighting during a brownout (i.e. when the power drops below 10 percent). Different regions also maintain different regulations for public buildings versus commercial buildings, with different Building Solutions ... On budget, on schedule, on target... Cost-efficient building solutions from Varco Pruden Buildings provide attractive and affordable structures for: • hangars • flight based operations • cargo facilities • aircraft maintenance With our value-engineered steel framed building systems, recycled material content and long-life "cool paint" choices, VP Buildings can provide energy-efficient structures to help curb operating costs. Find out more. This free brochure is available at Varco Pruden Buildings is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc. April 2018 airportbusiness 21

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