How to buy emergency lighting
By Mike Shimwell
It is essential that public safety responders have access to a wide variety of lighting equipment, so they can cope with a multitude of emergency scenarios. Any equipment selected should allow them to work quickly, effectively and safely.
On arrival at an emergency scene any equipment that enables a rapid assessment of the damage to be made can be invaluable to the overall speed and success of a mission. Portable scene lighting systems, which can illuminate surrounding structures or large ground level areas, are ideal for this use.
To ensure the most reliable and effective product is selected, there are a number of features to consider including the unit's construction, weight, ease of erection, lamp type, illumination capacity and power source.
Construction types and features
Twin compact fluorescent lamps offer extremely powerful levels of illumination and avoid glare, as they emit a diffused light. For even greater illumination performance, lighting units which are linkable in a series are perfect as they combine to create an even greater spread of light.
To ensure the most reliable and effective product is selected there are a number of key areas to look at including the unit’s construction, lamp and beam performance, built-in safety features, charging capacity and battery performance.
The material that a handlamp is made from is crucial particularly when you consider the amount of equipment firefighters have to carry and the harsh conditions they have to operate within.
Consider handlamps made from thermoplastic materials, as they are both robust and lightweight and able to cope with extreme temperatures. A lamp’s intensity and beam performance is also essential.
There is now a vast range of lamp options available including halogen, krypton and xenon, which can produce the powerful sharp narrow beams of light necessary to cut through thick hanging smoke or dust, an essential requirement when working within
Power management features
Dual power switches are often manufactured into the product as well, making it possible to switch onto a lower power option if required. This provides valuable extra usage time, which can make a vital difference in extended rescue operations.
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