• Understanding the Regulation of Scene Lighting

    Vince Lombardi once said, “if you’re not keeping score, you’re only practicing.”  We have an open door policy on our scorebook, and are happy to share the raw testing data from our fixtures. At HiViz LED Lighting, we believe in building our business on a solid foundation; this means lots and lots of testing before publishing technical specifications.

    “The FIRETECH GUARDIAN EXCEEDS THE MINIMUM STANDARD BY at least 10X”

    NFPA 1917 – 7.11.2 Scene Lighting

    7.11.2.1
    Scene lights shall be located on both sides of the ambulance

    7.11.2.2
    Scene lights shall be not less than 75 in. (1.9M) above the ground and unobstructed by open doors.

    7.11.2.3
    Scene light switches shall be located on the cab console and shall control each side independently.

    Excerpted from “7.11.2 Scene Lighting” found in NFPA 1917 “Standard For Automotive Ambulances” 2016 Edition, p. 32.  ISBN: 978-145591189-9 (print)  This guide is NOT an endorsement by or affiliated with NFPA, NTEA, GSA, AMD or any regulatory agency.

    Guardian / Guardian Elite

    The optics and circuit board alignment in the Guardian series are designed to shine light straight down the body, as well as out on to the emergency scene.  The top row of LEDS provide an ultra-high output beam of light to help you spot mailboxes and address numbers.

    A 6,000k color temperature has been selected to help responders differentiate between colors and improve dexterity in low light environments.  In patients with difficult to find veins, or presenting with skin discoloration, this color temperature can help rescuers identify differences in color more easily than traditional types of technology.

  • NFPA 1917 – 7.11.3 Load Lighting

    7.11.3.1
    The loading area shall be illuminated to a level of at least 1 footcandle (fc) within the first 5ft. (1.5M) from the vehicle and 0.3 fc up to 10ft. (3M) from the vehicle.

    7.11.3.2
    Compliance of the load lighting illumination shall be validate by testing a substantially similar ambulance in accordance with AMD 024, Perimeter Illumination Test.

    Excerpted from “7.11.3 Scene Lighting” found in NFPA 1917 “Standard For Automotive Ambulances” 2016 Edition, p. 32.  ISBN: 978-145591189-9 (print)  This guide is NOT an endorsement by or affiliated with NFPA, NTEA, GSA, AMD or any regulatory agency.

    AMD 024 : PERIMETER ILLUMINATION TEST

    This graph shows the distances at which a certain amount of Foot candles are required.

    GUARDIAN : PSUEDO COLOR PHOTOMETRIC REPORT

    This isometric graph shows that the Guardian exceeds the requirements of the AMD 024 illumination test by covering well beyond the tested distances with over 1 FC. Areas closer to the vehicle cover up to 10x the required output.

    *Anything in RED = 1 Footcandle or Greater

    NFPA 1917 – 7.11.3 Load Lighting

    7.11.3.3
    Load lights shall be not less that 75in. (1.9M) above the ground and unobstructed by open doors.

    7.11.3.4
    Load lights shall turn on whenever the rear patient entry doors are opened and the module power is on.

    7.11.3.5
    Load light switches shall allow for manual operation when the doors are closed.

  • Understanding the Regulation of Ground Lighting

    Ground/Undercarriage lighting has been required on Automotive Fire Apparatus conforming to the NFPA 1901 standard for years.  In the EMS world, this type of illumination is somewhat new to regulation, although not a new concept at all.  Workplace injuries are all to common during ingress or egress from emergency vehicles.  Light the stepping surfaces and ground area near the rig safely using FireTech HD Ground lights and make your gear selection faster and more accurate by illuminating the compartments!

    NFPA 1917 – 7.11.5 Ground Lighting

    7.11.5.1
    The Ambulance shall be equipped with lighting that is capable of providing illumination at a minimum level of 0.3 fc on ground areas within 30in. (800mm) of the edge of the ambulance in areas designed for personnel to climb into or onto the ambulance or descend from the ambulance to the ground level.

    7.11.5.2
    Lighting Designed to provide ground illumination for safe egress as described in 7.11.5.1 shall be switchable but automatically activates when the exit doors are opened.

    7.11.5.3
    All other ground area lighting shall be switchable.

    Excerpted from “7.11.5 Ground Lighting” found in NFPA 1917 “Standard For Automotive Ambulances” 2016 Edition, p. 32.  ISBN: 978-145591189-9 (print)  This guide is NOT an endorsement by or affiliated with NFPA, NTEA, GSA, AMD or any regulatory agency.

    PHOTOMETRIC VARIFICATION

    This image is a simulated ambulance outfitted with FireTech FT-AQX undercarriage lights. Using the photometric data obtained during product testing, a rendering can be produced which accurately illustrates light placement.

    MEETING THE STANDARD

    The scale indicates anything in “red” produces at least 0.3 foot candles, the NFPA minimum.  The white boxes illustrate an area of 30″ from the edge of the ambulance

  • Understanding the Regulation of Compartment Lighting

    Compartment lighting has been required on Automotive Fire Apparatus conforming to the NFPA 1901 standard for years.  In the EMS world, this type of illumination is somewhat new to regulation, although not a new concept at all.  Workplace injuries are all to common during ingress or egress from emergency vehicles.  Light the stepping surfaces and ground area near the rig safely using FireTech HD Ground lights and make your gear selection faster and more accurate by illuminating the compartments!

    NFPA 1917 – 7.11.7 & 8 Compartment Lighting

    7.11.7.1
    Each exterior storage compartment that is greater than 4ft.3 (1.2m3) and having an opening greater than 144in.2 (92900mm2) shall have compartment lighting to provide a minimum of 1fc (10.764lx) an any location on the floor of the compartment without any shelves, dividers, or equipment in the compartment.

    7.11.7.2
    Compartment lighting shall be automatically enabled when the compartment door is opened and module power is on.

    7.11.7.3
    The lights shall be arranged or protected to minimize accidental breakage.

    7.11.8 TESTING
    All interior and exterior lights mounted in wet locations shall be tested in conformance with SAEJ575.  Test Methods and Equipment for Lighting Devices and Components for Us on Vehicles Less Than 2032 mm in Overall Width, and shall comply with the following performance requirements of that standard: (1) Vibration, (2) Moisture, (3) Dust, (4) Corrosion, (5) High Pressure, (6) Low Pressure, (7) Durability, (8) Warpage.

    Excerpted from “7.11.7 Compartment Lighting” found in NFPA 1917 “Standard For Automotive Ambulances” 2016 Edition, p. 32.  ISBN: 978-145591189-9 (print)  This guide is NOT an endorsement by or affiliated with NFPA, NTEA, GSA, AMD or any regulatory agency.

    Knowing the Rules: As stated above is these compartments are greater than 4ft.3 (1.2m3) then these compartments must be lighted.

    PHOTOMETRIC VARIFICATION

    This image is a simulated ambulance outfitted with FireTech FT-AQX undercarriage lights. Using the photometric data obtained during product testing, a rendering can be produced which accurately illustrates light placement.

    MEETING THE STANDARD

    The scale indicates anything in “red” produces at least 0.3 foot candles, the NFPA minimum.  The white boxes illustrate an area of 30″ from the edge of the ambulance