Emergency lighting is a requirement in all practically all buildings these days. It is important to remember that a standard UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is not suitable for emergency lighting. Emergency lighting is required to last at least 3 hours by law, which means a long a specialist unit is required. A static inverter is designed to supply the necessary power for 3 hours.
Computer Power Protection (CPP) have installed static invertors to support emergency lighting in premises up and down the UK. We know exactly which model you will need for your requirement. If you need help in understanding your emergency lighting requirement please contact us. We can do a site survey to guide you through the process and make sure your emergency lighting will work when it is needed and be compliant to the legislation.
When specifying a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) for Emergency Lighting applications, a Static Inverter will be used to maintain power to lighting for a period of 1 hour or 3 hours (depending on specification - as per EN 50171:2001).
BS EN 50171:2001 specifies the requirements for how long emergency lighting is on, how bright it is and more.
A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) can be used to support these loads, however, it will typically be a specially designed version to meet the requirements of EN 50171:2001.
A standard UPS system will not meet this specification, and should not be used for safety applications, so it is imperative a static inverter is used instead.
Emergency lighting is extremely important from of health and saftey. It is essential to ensure that staff and customers have light ot see, so they can move around and exit safely.