Emergency Lighting


Legislation requires that Emergency lighting is required for an emergency situation when the main power supply is

cut and any normal illumination fails.  The loss of mains electricity could be the result of a fire or a power cut 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 give 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 BS 5266-1: 2011 provides the emergency lighting designer with clear guidelines to work to

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


There are three types of emergency lighting used:

Maintained:          The emergency light units are illuminated at all times using the same lamps for both the normal                            operation and the emergency operation.

Non-maintained:  The emergency light units will only illuminate in the event of a mains failure.

Sustained:          The emergency light units are fitted with one lamp or two sets of lamps. These operate onmains 240V AC supply and can be turned on or off as normal. In the event of mains failure they would operate from the battery backup or generator.     


DAILY:          A visual check of any central controls & LED’s – to be carried out by the user

MONTHLY:    A function test by operating the test facility for a period sufficient to ensure that each emergency lamp                       illuminates – to be carried out by the user

ANNUAL:      A full discharge test of all emergency lighting – to be carried out & certificated by a competent service                      provider.


I can carry out a survey to assess the sufficiency of your emergency lighting provision and advise accordingly.

This could form part of your Fire Risk Assessment. I can also help in sourcing suitable and competent service providers where necessary or required.

For more information: EMAIL: enquiries@dbfiresafety.co.uk OR PHONE 0800 772 0559