What is emergency lighting?

20 April 2022

Keeping your employees and visitors as safe as possible is a priority for many business owners. In addition to taking the time to book periodic electrical compliance testing, install and maintain the necessary fire safety systems, and undertake PAT testing across all electrical equipment to prevent further danger, the use of emergency lighting throughout your premises is a must.

Read on to discover all you need to know about emergency lighting, including what it is, how important emergency lighting is in commercial environments, and why the regular inspection and testing of your emergency lighting system should be high on your agenda.


What exactly is emergency lighting?

Emergency lighting is a lighting system that is triggered when the mains power supply has been compromised by an emergency. This automatic lighting system is designed to illuminate safe routes to the exit to ensure a speedy escape during instances of power failure.

Unlike standard fixtures, emergency lighting uses batteries, which are charged by the mains power. When the mains power fails, this battery backup springs into action to provide an adequate source of light that ensures emergency evacuation can take place.


How important is emergency lighting?

Emergency lighting is a vital part of any commercial premises. It is regularly found in shops, offices, warehouses and factories, schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, pubs and restaurants, places of worship, and even car parks, railway stations and airports as a result.

It’s important across all settings with public access, and ensures optimum safety and easy evacuation in a wide range of emergency situations.


Is emergency lighting required by law?

In short, yes. All building owners should have luminaries fitted to ensure successful escape in the event of an emergency, even in instances where mains power failure has occurred, in accordance with Fire Precautions Regulations 1997 and BS 5266 Part 1 for the workplace.


Why is regular inspection and testing essential?

Your emergency lighting should be inspected and tested annually to keep it compliant with BS 5266.  Here at Electrical Testers, we make the maintenance and compliance of your emergency lighting system as simple as possible.

Our emergency lighting testing service is usually undertaken at the same time as your fire alarm inspection. It can even be incorporated into your PAT testing schedule to make it as convenient as it should be. Our comprehensive reporting service actively highlights faults and provides remedial recommendations to ensure your emergency lighting system delivers optimum safety when you and your workers need it most.

Find further information on our emergency lighting testing service here or contact us to discuss your requirements.


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