LED Emergency Lights
LED Emergency Lights
LED Emergency Lights are a legal requirement in all UK non domestic properties and ensuring a building is compliant with current regulations (BS 5266 - 2016) is a specialist service that we carry out for our customers.
As part of our LED lighting upgrades & installations almost every project includes the use of emergency lighting therefore offering an emergency lighting service is a natural extension to a LED lighting services. Root3 Lighting has emergency lighting as an integrated part of our business rather than just an Add-on so that we can expertly advise our customers on not only their legal obligations but also to create the best possible solution for them for their own particular requirements.
As emergency lighting could be critical for escape for people in an emergency situation the rules and regulations are understandably strict therefore it is very important to get it right, first time!
We offer the following services to customers:
Emergency lighting Audit - find out what existing emergency light levels are available currently
Our audits come in 2 parts, an initial visual survey to establish what type of emergency lighting a customer already has in place and secondly a function test to establish the correct minimum light levels are being obtained from the existing emergency lighting.
Emergency lighting add-ons - We can add to your system to ensure regulation compliance
Following an emergency lighting audit we can advise how best to bring the emergency light levels up to regulation minimums. Depending on the current installation a variety of options could be considered and instigated such as increasing the quantity of emergency lighting installed, relocating emergency lighting that is installed in areas where it is not required, replace the type of emergency lighting for higher light output units, replacing non maintained for maintained lighting, improve and/or increase the emergency exist signage, et, etc.
Emergency lighting certification - We can issue emergency lighting completion certifications for new builds or re-fits
Another legal requirement is for all new or modified emergency lighting systems to have a valid completion certificate where the design, installation and verification of the project has been considered, implemented and installed as per the agreement of all parties involved. Root3 can contribute to any part of this completion process from emergency lighting design, to carry out the installation or to verify the installation as per design requirements, we are here to help!
What is emergency lighting?
Simply, it is lighting that will remain in operation when the normal functional lighting fails. Lighting is essential to us to enable us to escape from a property should we need to just to exit a property because the lighting has failed or indeed to escape from a property in an emergency situation.
There are 2 main ways for creating an emergency light, a central battery system and a self contained system.
A central battery system in generally installed in large properties as they involved complicated and expensive hardware to ensure they work when required such a large battery banks, change over panels, UPS panels, switchgear all of which would normally be installed in a large plant rooms.
A dedicated circuit could then wired around the building with no switches anywhere on the circuit to ensure that there was no break in the circuit. Any light fitting wired to the emergency circuit would become an emergency light, normally wired in a fire resistant cable to ensure the integrity of circuit is maintained.
The second method and much more common way of completing an emergency lighting project is using self contained emergency light fittings where the battery to keep the light fitting on is fitted inside the light fitting itself.
This method is a much more cost effective way of installing an emergency lighting system and there are several options to consider when looking at this type of fitting.
Many light fitting manufactures have an emergency option for their products where they will build a battery and charging circuit into their fittings.
If an integrated emergency fitting is not available from the lighting manufacturer then a emergency bulkhead or small LED downlight can be installed either adjacent to a light fittings or directly into the escape route. The bulkhead and LED downlight options are often much cheaper than the integrated emergency light fittings supplied by the light fitting manufacture.
The risk assessment process will determine the best method to be selected and should always be conducted with all interested parties.
Some common information:
Generally speaking emergency lighting should be able to stay illuminated for a minimum of 3 hours
A minimum light level of 1lux is required on all escape routes, 0.5 lux in most other areas.
Maintained emergency light – The fitting is on all of the time
Non-maintained emergency light – The fitting is off and only comes on when the main lighting fails.
An operational on/off test should be conducted on a monthly basis and once every 12 months the entire system should be tested to ensure it can still illuminate its fittings for the minimum of 3 hours.
It would be good practice to test 1 fitting per month if 12 emergency lighting fittings where installed on the system, 2 per month if 24 fittings are installed and so on.
The British standard for emergency lighting in the UK is BS5266 - 2016