Emergency lighting units

Emergency lighting systems are compulsory in many official buildings and in many workplaces so that in the unlikely event of a power failure people can find their way around safely. Safety lights and escape route lights provide enough light to shut machinery down, use the escape routes and give quick access to fire extinguishers and other safety equipment. They prevent panic and save lives.

Wireless Emergency System – Emergency lighting made easy

Tridonic has an answer to the increasingly stringent maintenance and testing regulations that apply to emergency lighting. The new wireless emergency system based on Tridonic´s secure basicDIM Wireless solution can be integrated into existing installations in compliance with existing standards and without additional wiring. It also offers advantages in new buildings. In addition to lower complexity regarding planning and commissioning, it also reduces the time and materials required – and thus the total cost of the installation.

The benefits at a glance

  • Intuitive planning and installation
  • Modular solution for simple integration with luminaires
  • One combined mesh for mains and emergency lighting
  • Perfect solution for retrofit projects
  • Central and cloud-based monitoring
  • Automatic status documentation (one click reporting)
  • No labour and cost intensive system testing


Wireless Emergency Overview


Every emergency lighting installation needs to be regularly tested and its status documented. This process is in many cases very labour and cost intensive. With the Tridonic wireless emergency system these steps are all done automatically and reports are available at the push of a button, at the same time making the planning and installation phase intuitive and easy.

By using the well-established backbone of the basicDIM Wireless system, the wireless emergency system uses a failsafe Bluetooth Mesh network. With the addition of a basicDIM Wireless module, every DALI emergency luminaire can easily be converted to be used in the wireless emergency system. A gateway connects all the wireless emergency luminaires to a sceneCOM evo. A single controller can be used to connect up to 192 emergency luminaires.

For larger installations it is possible to link up to 200 sceneCOM evo units with the em-LINK v2 server application. It collects the information from all the sceneCOM evo units on a single page.

1 – basicDIM Wireless system

With the well-established backbone of the basicDIM Wireless system, the wireless emergency system uses a failsafe Bluetooth mesh network.

2 – EM PRO device

With the addition of a basicDIM Wireless module, every DALI emergency luminaire containing a Tridonic EM PRO device can easily be converted to be used in the wireless emergency system.

3 – sceneCOM evo

This is the gateway which connects all the wireless emergency luminaires. A single controller can then connect up to 192 emergency luminaires.

4 – em-LINK v2

Up to 200 sceneCOM evo units can be connected with the em-LINK v2 server application. The information from all the sceneCOM evo units is collected on a single page.

5 – Emergency reports (daily / weekly)

At a glance, a dashboard provides information about the current status of the system and each luminaire as well as the latest test results.


Simplified testing

The EM SELFTEST emergency lighting unit with its automatic testing algorithms offers intelligence in an extremely small format. At just 21 mm high, the unit is compatible with T5 control gear. The perfectly matched range of units is designed for tubular or compact fluorescent lamps from 4 to 80 W.

In self-test mode the module uses a light-emitting diode to signal its operating status. Green means that the emergency lighting system is operating correctly. A red flashing LED indicates faulty batteries and a permanent red light indicates a lamp fault.

The test functions supported by the EM SELFTEST emergency lighting unit are continual monitoring, a weekly function test and an annual service life test. In charging mode both the charging conditions and the static battery stats are monitored.

The EM SELFTEST emergency lighting unit includes functionality for monitoring the installation phase, i.e. a period of time with an uninterrupted power supply on more than five successive days. As soon as this requirement is met the module automatically starts the commissioning and testing program. EM SELFTEST therefore complies with the commissioning test after installation prescribed in accordance with the self-test standard as per IEC 62034. This degree of automation considerably reduces the time needed for commissioning and programming the test algorithms.

Combination of emergency lighting and DALI

The special feature of EM PRO units from Tridonic is that they can be operated as individual systems or can be successfully integrated in DALI-based lighting systems. This means that the entire functionality of DALI systems can be accessed, including individual addressability.

Individually addressable emergency lighting units have a certain level of “intelligence”. In these cases, the fault reporting function provides more information than simply that the lamp, control gear or battery is faulty. Detailed information on, say, the type of lamp or device status can be displayed either locally or centrally. This extensive functionality of EM PRO emergency lighting units, which also have the “capabilities” of the EM SELFTEST module, has benefits in terms of facility management, particularly for operating large lighting systems.

Intelligent charging system

The intelligent multi-level charging system from Tridonic ensures that the charging behaviour is tailored to the particular battery type. As its name suggests, the multi-level charging system has three different charging cycles, namely initial charge, power charge mode and trickle charge mode.