Low Location Lighting for Maritime Vessels

low location lighting systemsSpending time at sea is a freeing experience. Whether in a sailboat, a yacht, or a cruise ship, time spent out on the open ocean helps us feel more in tune with the world around us. It reminds us how small we are and helps revitalize the spirit. However, the ocean can also be a dangerous place, which is why every good sailor knows that safety comes first. Reliable communication systems, navigation, and onboard safety are all vitally important. One simple way that passenger ships make seafarers safer is with reliable low location lighting.

Every passenger ship is required to have a low location lighting system in place. This is in accordance with SOLAS, Chapter II-2, Regulation to and Chapter II-1, Regulation 42 and 42-1. In short, these regulations state that both passenger and, when appropriate, crew areas should be constantly lit by floor path lighting. This means that anywhere on a ship where passengers and crew might have cause to go, there must be constant lighting along the floor. IMO Resolution A.752 (18) and ISO 15370 govern the proper installation, evaluation, and testing of low location lighting on ships. According to current standards, either electrical or photoluminescent lighting is acceptable.

In areas that are restricted to the crew, most ship lines prefer to use photoluminescent lighting. Photoluminescent strips are easier to install, less expensive, and more reliable than their electric counterparts. Photoluminescent tape can be cut and applied in a matter of minutes, providing reliable emergency lighting if and when the lights go out. Tested to remain illuminated in excess of 60 minutes, photoluminescent strips provide consistent lighting for an ample amount of time during emergency situations at sea.

Cruise liners often prefer electric lights in their passenger areas because they tend to be more aesthetically pleasing, but there is no reason that photoluminescent strips could not also be used in passenger areas. Indeed, ship owners who care more about safety and function than form opt for photoluminescent systems because they are more reliable in emergency conditions.

Learn more about the regulations governing low location lighting on passenger ships by contacting Jessup Manufacturing, the makers of GloBrite, today.

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