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Emergency lighting imports may risk lives warns ICEL

01 September 2010 14.00 BST


(UK) - ICEL, the emergency lighting arm of the Lighting Industry Federation (LIF), has voiced concerns about the number of poor quality, non-compliant emergency lighting products that have been finding their way onto the UK market and putting people’s lives at risk.

In a recent statement ICEL underlined the importance of installing and properly maintaining quality emergency lighting that complies with BS EN 60598-2-22. The group also encouraged the use of products registered to ICEL 1001, which confirms BS compliance and ensures photometric claims have been verified.

For manufacturers committed to ensuring fully compliant emergency lighting equipment, the extra demands of complying with the RoHS, WEEE and Battery Directives, plus the REACH Regulations have also added to production costs.

According to ICEL, although the volume of emergency lighting products sold in the UK is growing, the total market value is in decline, some of which can be attributed to technology and market trends. As one example ICEL pointed to the trend for the use of fewer cells in self-contained emergency lighting battery packs, significantly reducing costs, but also potentially reducing average installed emergency lighting illuminance. Emergency lighting experts, such as ICEL member companies, are addressing these trends by improving circuit efficiencies and designing better optical controllers. The result is that when using a good quality, compliant, product users can be confident that escape lighting illuminance still exceeds the minimum specified in BS5266.

For manufacturers committed to ensuring fully compliant emergency lighting equipment, the extra demands of complying with the RoHS, WEEE and Battery Directives, plus the REACH Regulations have also added to production costs. ICEL warned that cheaper imported products may not be environmentally sound and that users should check for the CE mark - mandatory for all luminaires on sale in Europe. 

www.icel.co.uk

 

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