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Emergency Lighting Guide - NVC Cadmium Free

We are here to help you comply

Emergency lighting is highly regulated. It’s not good enough just to have some; the light fixtures have to be compliant, their location and spacing must be compliant and then they must be regu­larly tested to the appro­priate standard.

  • Our fixtures are compliant with BS EN 60598
  • We offer emergency lighting design compliant with BS EN 1838 / BS 5266-4
  • Our signage is compliant with the European Signs Directive, ISO7010 & BS 5266
  • Our self-test fittings are compliant with BS 5266-8

Emergency Lighting -  You don’t have a choice

Emergency lighting - you buy it because you have to, not because you want to. Our aim is to make the process as simple as possible, providing a one-stop shop for emer­gency lighting that meets all your requirements:

  • Covers every application area from office and stairwells to the warehouse and workshop.
  • Complies with all the current regulations
  • Signage, functional emergency lighting (twinspots & bulkheads) and emergency conversions (panels & downlights)
  • Manual test, self-test or addressable self-test

Still using nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries?

NVC Lighting UK is cadmium-free. You can be too

Diagram of LifePo4 baterry vs NiCd battery

Cadmium was banned under the RoHS directive in 2006, but the emergency lighting business continued to use NiCd because of the lack of alternatives.

That has now changed.

Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFE) batteries are now so much better than NiCd in every respect that we are replacing the NiCd batteries in our emergency range with LFE. Most of our range is cadmium free already (Q4 2020), and the process will be completed by the end of 2021. NVC Lighting UK will then be cadmium-free.

Come with NVC Lighting UK and let’s all be cadmium-free.

The Green Question

Lithium vs Cadmium which is better for the environment?

Cadmium is classed as a heavy metal, alongside lead and mercury and like them it is highly toxic. It is banned under the RoHS Directive, but emergency lighting has an exemption because of the lack, till now, of viable alternatives. Lithium is not under similar restrictions.

Cadmium is highly persistent in the environment. Recent studies in the river Thames have found cadmium in the sediment at the bottom of the river dating back to London’s industrial heyday many decades ago.

Lithium batteries are much more energy efficient than NiCd, so they are helping us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Lithium/ LiFePo4 batteries last twice as long as NiCd, so there is less material to dispose of.

Lithium batteries are smaller (because they don’t have the NiCd memory effect), so there is less material being consumed and less to be disposed of.

Our range of LED emergency lighting