• Lighting India
  • Apr 20, 2018

Rohit Harjani, Country Manager Indian Sub-continent, Hochiki

Hochiki Europe is one of the world leaders in fire detection. They have introduced a brand-new concept to the UK market - an innovative new Emergency Lighting system, FIREscape®. This system is a unique, highly cost effective and environmentally friendly emergency lighting system based on LED technology and is the UK’s first to be fully intelligent. Rohit Harjani, Country Manager Indian Sub-continent, Hochiki, talks to Lighting India about the new system and the entry of it in the Indian market.


Could you explain us the concept of ‘Emergency lighting system’?

Evacuation is the most important step during any emergency to stop or to avoid any mishap. In case of any emergency, escape route lighting system comes to force and aids people to evacuate from the building. It is a unique, highly cost effective and environmentally friendly emergency lighting system based on LED technology and it is also the first fully intelligent system in UK.

What are the key highlights of FIREscape® system?

FIREscape® is an intelligent emergency lighting system. The emergency light cabling is installed using the ‘branch structure’ method, which means that several ‘branches’ can be teed off from the main cable for different floors and areas of a building. It offers battery back-up and features addressable, self-contained luminaires and signage connected via screened, extra-low voltage (40V) cabling. The product also offers the installer a brand new and easy solution to the installation of emergency lighting and signage.

What is the need for the system?

FIREscape® brings new technology with new opportunities and solutions for emergency lighting. Following are the needs for the system.

Extra Low Voltage
Less than 5% energy consumption compared to traditional lighting*1
Low Maintenance
Less than 5% lamp changes when compared to traditional lighting*3
Simple Installation
Luminaires fit onto the standard Hochiki Europe sensor mounting base (YBN-R/3)
LED Technology
Low carbon emissions – less than 5% CO2e compared to traditional lighting*2
Intelligent
Unique intelligent addressable technology allows control and testing of individual luminaires
Graphics Software
Allows instant overview of complete system and assists in maintenance tasks

Could you tell us about the process of the system?

The diagram below shows a typical multi-panel FIREscape installation. The two EL-2 control panels are networked and these may be controlled by EL – KP leypads.

The diagram illustrates how the system does not contain any mains wiring beyond (a) the EL-2 power supply and (b) the connection to the normal lighting circuit distribution board via the EL – PM (Sub-circuit) Phase Monitor)

Quick and Easy Installation

Installer-friendly emergency lights are literally fitted at the turn of a hand. The cabling and bases for the luminaires can be installed in advance.

The luminaires themselves can then be attached to the bases during the final phases of building construction. In this way, the units are protected from construction-related dust, dirt or damage.

What are the benefits of this system?

Following are the benefits of the system:

Environmentally friendly in energy costs and CO2e emissions
A FIREscape® exit sign luminaire consumes less than 0.5W, including the power loss. A similar 8W fluorescent light exit sign luminaire will consume approximately 12W. When compared to 230V LED lights, FIREscape® products save more than 50% of energy. The lower energy consumption directly correlates with lower CO2e emissions. For example, replacing 100 230V fluorescent exit luminaires with FIREscape® LED-based exit lights, CO2e emissions would be reduced by 2,100 KG annually. The graph below shows a total cost of ownership comparison based on a 1000 luminaire, 80% non-maintained 20% maintained, emergency lighting system for manual-test, self-test and Hochiki’s FIREscape® system, over a 10-year period.
Exit luminaires and emergency exit signs share the same circuit
FIREscape® is an intelligent emergency lighting system. The emergency light cabling is installed using the ‘branch structure’ method, which means that several ‘branches’ can be teed off from the main cable for different floors and areas of a building. Due to its programmability, exit and route lights can be freely installed anywhere on the line without having to group them into either exit or route lights. The EL-2 control panel constantly monitors the condition of the luminaire batteries and LEDs and can be programmed to perform the periodical testing and reporting required by legislation.
Easy installation
Installer-friendly emergency lights are literally fitted at the turn of a hand. The cabling and bases for the luminaires can be installed in advance. The luminaires themselves can then be attached to the bases during the final phases of building construction. In this way, the units are protected from construction-related dust, dirt, or damage.
Reduced cabling costs
Cabling of the FIREscape® system is easily and quickly achieved using traditional screened cable. Fire-rated cable is not required because each luminaire on the system contains an integrated rechargeable stand-by battery. Lighting lines are wired as radial circuits with spurring permitted. FIREscape® allows the connection of the cabling to luminaire bases before installing the emergency light units. Light units are fitted to the base with a simple and fast ‘twist-fit’ method, reducing installation time.

• Luminaire line length 500/1,000M
• A cost-efficient system to implement and maintain
• Two lighting lines, up to 127 devices per line
• Operational reliability; luminaires feature integral stand-by batteries
• Automatic luminaire battery and LED health testing features

Totally unique within the emergency lighting industry, the FIREscape® luminaires are connected using just a standard screened cable, which reduces installation costs traditionally associated with emergency lighting systems. A fire-rated cable is not required because all FIREscape® luminaires are equipped with integral stand-by batteries allowing the luminaires to function in fail-safe mode even in situations where the control panel becomes damaged or inoperable or the line cable is severed. The luminaire batteries allow continual operation in excess of 3 hrs. In this way the FIREscape® emergency light system fulfils the Emergency Lighting standard, BS5266. See our freely available ‘Guide to BS5266’ booklet for more details on the system design standard.

Easy to service and maintain
The EN 50172 emergency lighting system standard has placed particular attention on the operational condition of emergency light systems. The system should be regularly tested once a month, as a minimum. The EL-2 control panel continuously monitors the status of the luminaire LEDs and stand-by batteries. Information on completed tests is stored in the memory of the panel and test reports can be printed for end-user records. Malfunction/alarm information is displayed on the screen of the keypad.

How is it a greener solution to Emergency Lighting?

The FIREscape® system is based on LED (Light Emitting Diode) solutions that consider the useful life of the entire emergency light system, from its installation to the recycling of the equipment at the end of the life-cycle.

The FIREscape® emergency light system uses fully recyclable materials that do not place an unnecessary burden on the environment. Due to their unique extra low-voltage solution, cabling costs are reduced by 60% during installation when compared to old central battery-based systems.

Due to their self-contained backup power source, the FIREscape® lighting devices can use screened, non-fire rated cabling, instead of heavy and costly fire-resistant cabling, reducing the installation costs associated with traditional emergency lighting systems.

The environmentally friendly values in the FIREscape® emergency lighting system are specifically evident in the energy costs and CO2e emissions, which are associated with using and maintaining the system.

The graph (right) compares the energy consumption and CO2e emissions of emergency light systems using traditional mains-powered fluorescent technology, a mains-powered LED equivalent and the extra low-voltage FIREscape® system, on an annual basis in a 100-luminaires installation.

The FIREscape® emergency light system has also been designed, bearing operational safety and user-friendliness in mind. An internal control system has been included within the system. It constantly controls the condition of the lights’ LEDs and batteries. If necessary, the system will provide specific information on the status, either locally on a keypad or by representing it graphically at the control centre of the service provider using an IP or GSM network.

By using the optional PC-based graphical software, the luminaire status information can be linked with floor plans showing the alarm locations.

Will this system make its way into the Indian Market?

India is an important market for us and we have installed this system in the companies including Big Indian banks, Oil and Gas company, various hospitals, government hostels and HQ of IT companies, state parliaments etc.