What is emergency lighting?
Emergency lighting is a source of light that can help employees or the general public to navigate an area in the case of an emergency. For example, if there is a fire it will allow the person to locate the position of the fire exit at pace. Emergency lighting can be divided into two different categories; maintained and non-maintained.
- Maintained lighting turns on with the rest of the lighting within the building however, if there is a power outage the lights will continue to emit a lower level of light.
- Non-Maintained lighting activates in the event of a power-outage. The batteries are continuously charged by the mains power and then will activate when there is no power.
What is the need for emergency lighting?
Emergency lighting is required to operate automatically, give efficient lighting and provide signage to enable a safe escape route. To comply with HSE regulations, all businesses are required to have this and it is required to be inspected by an outside contractor at least once a year.
Who needs Emergency Lighting?
- Commercial buildings (office blocks, shops etc.)
- Industrial buildings (Factories, warehouses etc.)
- Communal landlord areas
- Multiple occupancy housing
Where is Emergency Lighting Needed?
Each individual building will have it’s on particular requirements when it comes to emergency illumination. Even within a building, the needs will vary from one part to another. Some areas for example will benefit from natural light, whereas others will have a constant need for artificial light.
For buildings occupied during the night, emergency lighting will usually be required in all areas, including those that benefit from natural light during the day. Exceptions may be where ‘borrowed’ light from the likes of external street lamps will suffice, providing the light source is reliable, and the occupants of the building are familiar with it’s layout.
In summary, emergency escape lighting will usually be required to cover the following:
- All individual exit doors
- Escape routes
- Corridor intersections
- Outside each final exit and on external escape routes
- Emergency escape signs
- Stairways and where there are changes in floor levels
- Windowless rooms and toilet accommodation exceeding 8m2
- Fire-fighting equipment
- Fire alarm call points
- Equipment that would need to be shut down in an emergency
- Areas in premises greater than 60m2
How can T James Electrical help you?
At T James Electrical, clients are provided with a tailored periodic inspection service to ensure the workplace is fully compliant with the Emergency Lighting Regulations BS5266.
Completing the electrical inspection periodically will help to reduce business down time at clients buildings or sites. T James Electrical can also arrange for the electrical work to be carried out around the clients needs and ensure that all testing and inspection, work is issued with certification that details any potential issues that may occur in the future.
If you could use our expertise in this field then please get in touch for a no-obligation quote.
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