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Emergency lighting as its name suggests is lighting for use in an emergency situation when the main power supply is interrupted, and any normal illumination fails.

The loss of mains electricity could be the result of a fire or power failure and the normal lighting supplies fail.

This may lead to sudden darkness and a possible danger to the occupants, either through physical danger or panic.

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

Most new buildings now have emergency lighting installed during construction; the design and type of equipment being specified by the architect in accordance with current Building Regulations and any local authority requirements.

The British Standard provides the emergency lighting designer with clear guidelines to work to.

BS 5266-1: 2016 embraces residential hotels, clubs, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and colleges, licensed premises, offices, museums, shops, multi-storey dwellings, etc.

Although this standard recommends the types and durations of emergency lighting systems relating to each category of premises, it should be remembered that the standards are the minimum safe standards for these types of building and that a higher standard may be required for a installation.


What is Emergency Lighting

Lighting that automatically operates when the power supply to the normal lighting provision fails. Emergency lighting is a general term and is sub-divided into emergency escape lighting and standby lighting.

Emergency Escape Lighting

That part of an emergency lighting system that provides illumination for the safety of people leaving a location or attempting to terminate a potentially dangerous process beforehand. It is part of the fire safety provision of a building and a requirement of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Escape Route Lighting

That part of an emergency escape lighting system provided to ensure that the means of escape can be effectively identified and safely used by occupants of the building.

Open Area Lighting

In some countries known as anti-panic lighting. That part of an emergency escape lighting system provided to minimise panic and ensure there is sufficient illumination to allow the occupants of a building to reach a place where an escape route can be identified.

High Risk Task Area Lighting

That part of an emergency escape lighting system that provides illumination for the safety of people involved in a potentially dangerous process or situation and to enable proper shut-down procedures for the safety of the operator and other occupants of the premises.

All of our Engineers at Andromeda Fire And Security have many years of experience in dealing with emergency lighting, many having come from electrical backgrounds before specialising in the electronic Fire and security industry and we will be more than happy to assist you in any way we can.