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Emergency Lighting

Emergency Light Testing

Regular servicing of your emergency lights is essential. Testing needs to be undertaken to BS EN 50172:2004, BS 5266-8:2004 (Emergency escape lighting systems) and BS 5266-1:2016 (Emergency lighting. Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises).

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Regular servicing

You are required to appoint a competent person to supervise servicing of the system. This person needs to have authority to ensure that the test and maintenance work necessary to maintain the system in the correct operational mode can be undertaken.

Emergency lighting is lighting for an emergency when the main power supply is cut and any normal illumination fails. The loss of mains power could be the result of a fire or a power cut where the normal lighting fails. This may lead to sudden darkness and a possible danger to the occupants, either through physical danger or panic.

Fully automatic operation

Emergency lighting is normally required to operate fully automatically and give illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable all occupants to evacuate the premises safely.

To test an emergency lighting system, a mains power failure must be simulated. This will force the emergency lighting system to operate via the battery supply.

You have a legal requirement to test your emergency lighting in two ways:

  1. Monthly emergency lighting tests
    This a short functional test following BS EN 50172:2004 / BS 5266-8:2004. During the test, all luminaires and signs should be checked to ensure that they are present, clean and functioning correctly.
  2. Annual emergency lighting tests
    This test is for the full rated duration of the emergency lights (e.g. 3 hours). The result must be recorded and any failures remedied.

As part of ClearView’s “Synergy” service support package, we can ensure you are meeting your legal requirements to keep your staff and tenants safe. For more information, or to request a visit, please call 01245 214104.

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