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Emergency lighting systems consist of self contained luminaires or central battery systems using slave luminaires. Either system should undergo regular maintenance in accordance with BS5266 Part 1: 1999.
This British Standard advises the following frequencies of inspection and service:
  • Six-monthly : each 3 hour self contained/central battery system is energised from its battery supply for 1 hour. All luminaires are checked for correct operation. Once the test is completed the supply is restored and again all luminaires or indicator lamp(s) checked.
  • Three-yearly: each emergency lighting installation is tested for its full duration. Once the test is completed the supply is restored and again all luminaires or indicator lamp(s) checked.
  • Subsequent annual test: For self contained luminaires the three-yearly test is carried out once per annum following the first three-yearly test.
The above is a summarised view of the recommendations, for full details BS5266 Part 1: 1999 should be consulted.


For details of emergency lighting systems please contact us. There are many types and styles of luminaires available ranging from economic bulkhead types to the most lavish 'gold effect' and 'crystal' lights.
The design of an emergency lighting system should start with the location of emergency lights to illuminate Points of Emphasis (mandatory)
  • Exit doors
  • Exit and safety signs
  • Near each fire alarm break glass call point
  • Near each item of fire fighting equipment
  • At changes in level and direction
  • Near each First Aid post - (new requirement BS5266 Part 1:1999)
Once these points have been identified areas not forming part of the escape route that require illuminating can be established. For instance lifts, plant rooms and escalators.
Illuminance levels can then be checked to ensure minimum levels are achieved throughout the escape routes. Open areas (anti-panic) of 60m2 or greater can then be taken into consideration along with any High Risk Task Areas.
Finally the system is tested and commissioned, and a maintenance program established


Thr British Standard 5266 states thet emergency lightinrg should be regulary maintained.
i.e. 2 visits a year minimum.
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