Lighting : LIGHTING-February-2017
February/March 2017 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 17 16 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | February/March 2017 FEATURE Who do you follow at the end of a movie? Or look to when lost in the great belly of a hospital? Who lights your way out of the office? As familiar as your best friend, the green ‘running man’ exit sign, conceived by Japanese designer Yukio Ota in 1979, has been showing the world the ‘way out’ since 1985 when it was adopted for international use. Australia caught on (and caught up) in 2005, when the running man was introduced into the Australian Standard for emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings (AS2293), replacing the old green “EXIT” sign. If you think about it, there is really no wonder that the running man has overtaken its word-based competitors in many countries. As a pictogram, it can be easily understood by people who don’t speak the local lingo. While the running man is brazen in his 24/7 illuminatory efforts, his shy cousin – emergency lighting – provides a similarly unstinting, but much more clandestine operation. Tucked into the nooks, crannies, corridors and stairwells of our buildings, emergency lighting is the second half of our insurance policy against entrapment by any crisis involving power-failure. The key difference between the two is that exit lighting is always on and emergency lighting usually only comes on when required, although you can get some exit signs which serve a dual purpose. Our insurance policy against entrapment BY PENNY JONES Exit signage in application. Image supplied by HPM Legrand Tucked into the nooks, crannies, corridors and stairwells of our buildings, emergency lighting is the second half of our insurance policy against entrapment by any crisis involving power-failure.
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