Emergency Lighting Regulations in the UK. Is it a Legal Requirement?

All businesses are legally required to have emergency lighting installed as per The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Emergency lighting systems must be able to remain illuminated for one to three hours. The importance of emergency lighting cannot be overstated: backup lighting systems minimise panic – one of the most dangerous factors in a fire emergency – and help people to safely and quickly escape a building in the event of a fire.

Different Types of Emergency Lighting Systems

There are four different types of emergency lighting systems:

  • Escape route lighting – this is perhaps the most well-known type of emergency lighting, and it is used to illuminate escape routes so that people can quickly and safely get out of the building.
  • Open area emergency lighting – open area emergency lighting is used in larger spaces to help people find their way to a fire exit in an emergency. It is also referred to as ‘anti-panic lighting’.
  • High risk task area lighting – this type of emergency lighting serves a very specific purpose – to help people safely switch off and leave machinery or other high-risk areas in the event of a power cut. Should the power go out, these lights will kick in around areas of high risk, allowing people to safely turn off and leave their stations.
  • Standby lighting – standby lighting is run by a generator, serves the same purpose as escape route lighting, and is automatically activated when the main power is cut. However, it is not a legal requirement.

Indoor & Outdoor Emergency Lighting

We provide emergency lighting for both indoor and outdoor settings, so you can help to keep people safe no matter where they are. Whether it’s a winding corridor or an external path that is otherwise poorly lit, you can trust Con-Fused to install your indoor or outdoor emergency lighting quickly, safely and efficiently.

Emergency LED Lighting Testing

Your emergency LED lighting system should be tested every single year to ensure that it’s always ready. The test should be a ‘full duration test’ which means the lights need to be tested for as long as they’re supposed to work for. If your emergency lights are supposed to provide five hours of illumination, for example, then the lights need to be tested for five hours.

So, who can test emergency lighting? The answer is a ‘competent person’ – that is a person with the required skills, training and knowledge to carry out a safe test of the equipment. Con-Fused’s technicians are all qualified and experienced in emergency lighting testing, so you can count on us to provide the testing you need. Whether it’s a small office space or a large commercial environment, we have the skills, tools and knowhow to do what’s required.

Emergency Lighting Certification

Upon completion of an emergency lighting test, we will issue you with a certificate of completion. BS 5266 requires these certificates, or ‘written declarations of compliance’ to be available for inspection, and so possessing an emergency lighting completion certificate will allow you to prove you are fulfilling your obligations.

For more information about our emergency lighting services, from testing to emergency lighting certification, please contact Con-Fused today. We proudly serve Benfleet, Basildon, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, London and the Home Counties.