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Low voltage, LED-based emergency lighting solution

Hochiki Europe has introduced a new emergency lighting system that uses analogue and which capitalises on advances in LED technology.

FIRElux is claimed to be the UK’s first low-voltage, intelligent LED emergency lighting system. Trials undertaken on behalf of the company have shown that it uses less than 5% of the energy consumption, with low carbon emissions that are less than 5% CO2 when compared with traditional emergency lighting. The use of LED technology, for example, ensures a lifetime of around 10 years for the new route signs.

FIRElux enables both maintained and non-maintained emergency lighting to be installed in compliance with all of the current standards and codes of practice: It uses low-voltage, non-fire-rated cable-planning, radial technology and connections by combining the best features of both centralised and decentralised battery back-up with Hochiki’s proven fire detection technology.
The individual luminaires and route signs, each of which have a battery back-up, use the standard Hochiki ESP sensor mounting base. Each luminaire has a unique address, programmed using a hand-held programmer.

At the heart of the new system is the addressable FIRElux lighting control panel with battery back-up, and addressable, self-contained luminaires and emergency signage that use conventional low-voltage cabling. This addressability enables the fire areas and group control panels to be managed locally.

Under normal conditions, operating voltage for each addressable luminaire or sign is supplied via the FIRElux control panel; in the event of a power failure, they switch automatically to battery power. Systems can be controlled via the wall-mounted FIRElux-KP keypad that has an LCD display. This shows the address and location text for every device on the system that is in alarm or fault mode.

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