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What is emergency lighting?

Emergency lighting normally comes in two forms. The first is the illuminated directional arrow signs which show occupants the route to take to reach an exit out of the building. The second type take several different forms but are lights that are provided to illuminate areas and corridors so that occupants can see where they are going. Emergency lights will normally incorporate a backup battery that provides a source of power in the event of a power failure. Most emergency lights will have a green or red LED somewhere on the fitting which shows that it is charging.

Why is Emergency Lighting Required?

Imagine a scenario in a dark cinema where there is a fire in an electrical distribution board which disables the power supply to the lights. As the fire progresses smoke begins to fill the room and people begin to panic. If no emergency lighting were present the fire exits or escape routes would not be visible. People would not be able to see steps and may fall inujuring themselves. Panic may result in crushing of people up against walls or doors or trampling of people who have fallen. Delays in evacuation would likely cause injury or death and would result in prosecution of the responsible person.

Section 14 of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states:

(g) emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs.
(h) emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting.

The provision and maintenance of emergency lighting is one of the factors that are taken into account when carrying out a fire risk assessment. If emergency lighting systems are not present or subject to regular maintenance it is likely that the risk level will be recorded at a higher level.

Why does Emergency Lighting need to be serviced?

Section 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 concerns maintenance and states that any facilities, equipment and devices provided under the order are subject to a suitable system of maintenance. Such equipment needs to be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

Emergency light fittings have items that may wear out or degrade over time. In practice the commonest items are lamps and battery packs which may need replacing from time to time.

How much does an emergency lighting service cost?

Prices depend on the number of light fitting  however our prices start from £131.25 plus VAT for a 3 hour annual drain down test. If we carry out your emergency lighting service at the same time as another service that we provide we can often offer a discount.

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