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Emergency lighting is often overlooked but plays a fundamental role in the building life safety system and is designed to operate when the power fails providing adequate lighting for safe exit from the building or to enable normal activities.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) 2005 charges the responsible person in control of non-domestic premises and the common areas of a House in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) with the safety of everyone in the building, whether working, visiting or living there and includes a provision for emergency lighting

We can design, install, commission, and maintain emergency lighting systems in various types of premises including shops, offices, schools and blocks of flats to comply with BS5266-1

There are two main types of emergency light luminaires self-contained or centrally battery. The self-contained luminaires have a built-in battery whereas the central battery system has what is known as slave luminaires which get their power from a central battery system. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

Self-Testing Emergency Lighting is being used more often. Self-testing emergency luminaires check themself automatically to ensure that the battery and lamp are fully operational, removing the need for the monthly or annual testing. We do however recommend a short duration test (flick test) every 6 months.


Emergency Lighting Testing

All emergency lighting must be maintained and regularly tested in the same way as other emergency equipment.

Monthly testing 

A short functional test is preformed to ensure all emergency lights function during a power failure and can be carried-out by the responsible person. At ETE Electrical Contractors we understand that the responsible person is often very busy and we offer month testing to take the pressure off.

Annual testing 

A full duration test is required annually and any luminaires that do not pass the duration  test will fail, this test is normally performed by a technician and in periods when the premises of less occupied.


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