2018-01-11
Join us at Intersec 2018!

Take note on your calendar: Your opportunity to discover the latest in Security, Safety and Fire Protection, all in one platform, will take place in Dubai, from January 21st to the 23rd!

We are obviously talking about Intersec, a show for all trade professionals from these industries, looking for products to enhance their business.

Here at Everlux we are very excited about returning to this show once again and meet our business partners, for presenting them what we have been working on for the past few months.

Please accept our invitation and join us at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. At the Everlux stand you’ll be able to find our extensive range of photoluminescent safety signs and systems, including:

- Photoluminescent EXIT Signs (UL Listed)

- Safety Way Guidance System (SWGS)

- Photoluminescent Safety Signs for Tunnels (Everlux AL)

- Escape and Alarm Zone Plans

- Excellence by Everlux product range, with new base materials and accessories

- Four-Sided Assembly Point Sign

- Safety signs for the maritime market and…

- … the Everlux Iconic Dark Tunnel!

Register now free of charge and be sure to visit the Everlux team on Stand 4-H12.

We sincerely hope to see you there!

2018-01-03
The Grenfell Tower Fire - What lessons can be learnt...
The terrible fire and multiple deaths resulting from the Grenfell Tower fire has inevitably resulted in a widespread inquest into the circumstances which lead up to the fire and in particular, the properties of the cladding materials used.
2018-01-03
The Grenfell Tower Fire - What lessons can be learnt...
The Grenfell Tower Fire – What lessons can be learnt and how might Photoluminescent Escape Route Marking Systems have helped save lives?

Adrian Iley, Director, Photoluminescent Safety Products Association.


The terrible fire and multiple deaths resulting from the Grenfell Tower fire has inevitably resulted in a widespread inquest into the circumstances which lead up to the fire and in particular, the properties of the cladding materials used. This has uncovered the fact that Grenfell is just one of many examples where a combination of budget pressure and poor oversight seems to have allowed corners to be cut when it comes to the safety of residents in similar high-rise buildings.

Of course the jury is out pending such enquiries but it is already clear that the quality of cladding materials used was only one part of the story – there were clearly many other areas where the safety of the residents was compromised. In particular, the lack of any kind of effective escape route marking system which could aid escape in such dangerous circumstances; e.g. stairways in thick smoke conditions. The report in the Sunday Times (25 June) stated "The Grenfell stairwell should have provided a safe passage away from danger; instead, as toxic draughts swirled through the building, it turned into a vertical tunnel of smoke. Heavily laden fireman trying to reach higher floors and residents desperate to flee downstairs were left groping around in a poisonous darkness and harrowing scenes of desperation and panic....the smoke grew thicker with each floor we went up….around the ninth floor we lost all visibility and the heat was rising....”It was horrendous,” one firefighter said. "You could not see your hand in front of your face.”

Of course we should not forget that there were other factors which probably also contributed to the death toll; especially the ‘stay put’ policy which is now under general review. Nevertheless, the safe movement of people in smoke conditions down a stairway and away from danger is surely an area that should be reviewed in the light of this tragedy. It is an unfortunate fact of life that only when there are such disasters do Governments and Authorities seriously consider and implement laws and regulations to improve public safety.
I did not see the emergency evacuation system in the Grenfell Tower but from looking at the BBC commentary on a similar tower block in the vicinity there did not seem to be any markings at all in the stairwells. However if we assume as a minimum that there were high level mounted electrical EXIT signs above main escape doors combined with escape plans on each floor this was clearly not enough to help people in these extreme conditions.



The Photoluminescent Safety Products Association is a Trade Association representing the voice of companies worldwide who promote the use of Photoluminescent materials (incorporated into paint, plastic and printed products). These absorb UV energy, then store and re-emit it in the form of visible light for many safety applications. The great benefit of Photoluminescent (PL) systems is that in the event of a total power failure they provide sufficient light to give directional indications on an escape route.

There was an interesting study made by Ilmenau University in Germany in 2003 where PL systems were compared with electrical evacuation sy
stems in smoky conditions (typical of an emergency situation). The study concluded that continuous lines of low ambient light fitted at a low level (c1m off the floor) were found to be much more effective as an escape route marking system than high mounted high brightness electrical sources which in smoke could be obscured and cause disorientation due to light scattering effects.
These clearly demonstrated that a relatively simple and cost-effective system can significantly aid the fast evacuation from buildings.

The events of September 11 2001 in New York and the subsequent blackout in 2003 led to the implementation on May 31 2005 of ‘Local Law 26’. This specified the installation of low level PL systems in all stairwells of High-Rise buildings in New York City. The effectiveness of these systems had already been proven in 2001 to have enabled people to evacuate the Twin Towers in a total power failure situation in smoke when they might otherwise have perished.

In ISO 16069 there is a very clear standard for PL use in public buildings which is entirely appropriate for application in High-Rise buildings such as Grenfell Tower at reasonable cost and with a minimum of disruption to the inhabitants.

There are numerous other applications today of PL evacuation systems in regular use. Good examples are in areas of public transport: passenger aircraft, cruise ships, railways and road tunnels. PL evacuation systems are well proven and provided they are supplied and fitted by companies whose product meets the minimum performance standards required for the application they should be seriously considered as a standard back-up system to the commonly prescribed electrical Emergency lighting. Certainly it would provide an effective escape route even in smoke conditions to safety for residents of High-Rise buildings.
There were two subsequent studies made in 2007 and 2008 by the National Research Council in Canada (NRC) where different layouts of PL evacuation systems were tested in four stairwells to establish which was most effective at evacuating people in an emergency.




AGI© July.2017
References: www.pspa.org.uk; www-lit.maschinenbau.tu-ilmenau.de; NRC IRC-IR-T14; NRCC-51157; Local Law 26 New York Code; ISO 16069
2017-07-07
Meet the new Everlux catalogue!
It’s not news to any of us that the fire industry is constantly evolving. Here at Everlux we have always strived to present our customers with new and innovative solutions that offer practical signage solutions to meet all potential requirements whilst ensuring that they comply with all relevant legislation and Standards
2017-07-07
Meet the new Everlux catalogue!

It’s not news to any of us that the fire industry is constantly evolving. Here at Everlux we have always strived to present our customers with new and innovative solutions that offer practical signage solutions to meet all potential requirements whilst ensuring that they comply with all relevant legislation and Standards.

That’s why, for the past few months we have been listening to you, our customers, telling us what new signage solutions and products you require and the market needs!  The net result of which, we are proud to say, has resulted in a new edition of the Everlux catalogue!

The new Everlux catalogue and product range has been greatly enhanced with many new products including:


And since there’s nothing better than to see these things with your own eyes check we invite you to access our the new Everlux catalogue here.

As always, the Everlux customer support team will be happy to answer any queries you may have and we would encourage you to contact us should you have any questions or you would like to ensure early delivery of your personal copy of the new catalogue!

2017-06-01
Visit us at Firex
Our preparation for FIREX 2017 is running at full speed over here at Everlux!
2017-06-01
Visit us at Firex
Our preparation for FIREX 2017 is running at full speed over here at Everlux!

To be honest, our team could not be more excited about the prospect of returning to London this year to reveal what we have been working on since last year’s FIREX. However, we would be even more thrilled if you will accept our invitation to join us at stand D.80!

Are you curious about what you’ll be able to find at the Everlux stand this year?
You have plenty of reasons for being curious because this year we intend to launch an updated version of our catalogue featuring many new and innovative safety signage solutions:
  • The new Everlux catalogue will present many new products including:
    • Broadly expanded self-adhesive vinyl signage range
    • Post-mounted aluminium Four-sided Assembly Point & Fire Equipment signage
    • Type 3 (suspended) sign fitting systems
    • A variety of framing solutions
    • Sprinkler system signage
    • Refuge Point & Safe Area signage
    • Innovative lightweight Type2 (projecting) "fold” signage
  • Fully updated Excellence by Everlux catalogue showcasing:
    • Expanded base material selection including brass and numerous acrylic options
    • New fitting system accessories
    • Excellence by You – bespoke signage solutions
So, set the date in your calendar: FIREX 2017 will be held at the ExCel in London June 20 - 22. Our team will be at stand D.80 ready to say hello and eager to discuss what Everlux safety signage systems can offer your business.

See you in London!
2017-03-23
Visit us at FIM Expo Reading
Reading is the chosen location to host the next FIM Expo edition and here at Everlux we are very excited to travel to the Madejski Stadium to discuss some of the industry key issues and showcase our extensive range of photoluminescent safety signs and systems! We will be even more thrilled if you accept our invitation and join us there, on April 5th.
2017-03-23
Visit us at FIM Expo Reading
Reading is the chosen location to host the next FIM Expo edition and here at Everlux we are very excited to travel to the Madejski Stadium to discuss some of the industry key issues and showcase our extensive range of photoluminescent safety signs and systems! We will be even more thrilled if you accept our invitation and join us there, on April 5th.

So, please come by our stand to discuss with our team any safety signage requirements you may have and to take an Everlux catalogue with you. By visiting us, you’ll also have the chance to see by yourself some of Everlux products, namely:
  • Safety Way Guidance System (SWGS);
  • High luminance evacuation route and firefighting equipment signs;
  • Low Location Lighting (LLL);
  • Emergency Escape & Alarm Zone Plans;
  • Excellence by Everlux safety signs.
FIM Expo will be a brilliant opportunity to see the latest fire detection products and services, of great networking and for attending two free seminars:
  • 11:00am: BS 5839-1:2017 what's changed?
  • 2:00pm: EN16763 Services for Fire Safety and Security Systems
You can pre-register before the event here or on the day when you arrive at the Madejski Stadium.
See you in Reading!

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