Emergency Lighting

What is Emergency Lighting Testing?

In any building where persons are employed, Emergency Lighting is a Life Safety System and a legal requirement designed to guide the occupants safely out of the premises in the event of an emergency, i.e., power failure or fire.

It is mandatory to comply with;

  • BS 5266-1:2005 Code of Practice for the Emergency Lighting of Premises
  • The Building Regulations 2000
  • The Fire Precautions (workplace) Regulations 1997
  • The Health & Safety (Safety Sign & Signals) Regulations 1996

It is not only the lighting that is mandatory, but also the correct signage.

When should the Emergency Lighting System be tested?

The system installed in your premises is required to be inspected and tested at the following intervals;

  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • Six Monthly
  • Annually

CEC Electric offers the inspection and testing for the Six Monthly and Annual period, during which we will test the correct operation of the Emergency Lighting System, the correct location and placement of the fittings and signage.

It is usual custom for the daily and monthly tests to be carried out inhouse.

Where should the lighting and signage be placed?

The specific locations where the luminaire and signage must be provided are as follows;

  • At each exit doorAt each exit door
  • All safety exit signsAll safety exit signs
  • Outside and near each final exitOutside and near each final exit
  • Near stairs so that each tread receives direct lightNear stairs so that each tread receives direct light
  • At each change of directionAt each change of direction
  • Near each first aid postNear each first aid post
  • Near any other change of floor levelNear any other change of floor level
  • At each intersection of corridorsAt each intersection of corridors
  • At each piece of fire fighting equipment and call pointAt each piece of fire fighting equipment and call point

The Sign formats below should not be mixed

BS2560: 1975BS2560: 1975 Old-style signs now obsolete. Should have been replaced by December 1998.
BS 5499 Pt 1BS 5499 Pt 1: Signs are still acceptable, if they are already in the building.
European Signs Directive FormatEuropean Signs Directive Format: This came into force on 1st April 1996, under The Signs Directive.

What happens after the Inspection?

On completion of the test period, CEC Electric will provide a full detailed report, with any remedial works if required, to ensure that the Emergency Lighting System is fully compliant. All Emergency Light fittings will be labelled to aid identification with the detailed report and Certification.

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