The purpose of emergency lighting is to ensure that in the event of a power failure safe lighting is provided, automatically and for a suitable time, within specified areas of your building. The objective of an emergency lighting system is to provide a safe route out from the building for all the occupants illuminating the area by means of appropriate lighting and directional signs.
Your building may require different lighting system within different parts of the building in order to give sufficient illumination for the specified area, this can be determined by means of a Risk Assessment.
Emergency lighting is usually powered by rechargeable batteries that self-charge from the mains power or other power source. The lights, known as ‘luminaries’, are either on constantly (‘maintained’) or are triggered by an interruption in the main power supply (‘non-maintained’).
An emergency lighting test checks that your emergency lighting system and luminaries are in full working order up to the stipulated British Standard by simulating a mains power cut.
The minimum permitted duration of an emergency escape lighting system is 1 hour and so your annual emergency lighting test will check that all of your lights turn on and stay on for at least 60 minutes and for as long as 3 hours, depending on the type of batteries you are using.
Our industry-approved emergency lighting engineers can carry out both 1 hour and 3 hour tests and carry most types of battery, lighting tube and light fittings on their vans so that they can quickly fix any issues during your emergency lighting test without needing a return visit.
They will also record all findings in your log book and leave you on site with the relevant legal documentation.
If you are responsible for commercial premises which have emergency lighting installed, then you will need to make sure that either you, a designated ‘competent person’, or a fire safety company undertake the regular emergency lighting tests as required by law.
We recommend that your annual test is carried out by a fire safety professional, otherwise you risk being in breach of UK fire safety regulations which can bring tough penalties.
Your annual emergency lighting test takes the same form as the monthly test, with the difference that it should last for either 1 hour or 3 hours, depending on the type of batteries you have in your emergency lighting system.
It’s called a ‘full discharge’ test and it tests that your batteries last as long as they should and meet the minimum legal requirement. Any failed batteries or lighting tubes should be replaced as quickly as possible following the test, and any more serious faults should be immediately investigated.
If your emergency lighting needs testing, then get in touch with our friendly team today for prices and to book an appointment.