What are the legal requirements for emergency lighting?

Article 14 of the regulations states that: “Emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs; and emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting.”

What is the current BS for emergency lighting?

BS 5266: emergency lighting.

Where is emergency lighting required?

Emergency lighting needs to be provided in all areas of a premises where staff and members of the public have access to. Emergency illumination in toilet areas allow occupants to safely make their way to the escape route and helps to avoid a panic situation.

How often should emergency lighting be tested HSE?

All emergency lighting systems should be tested monthly. This is a short functional test in accordance with BS EN 50172:2004 / BS 5266-8:2004. The duration of the test should be sufficient to ensure that the luminaire operates correctly, whilst minimising any damage to the system components, e.g. Lamps, Battery.

Is it a legal requirement to test emergency lighting?

Not only is correctly functioning emergency lighting paramount for building fire safety and the protection of staff and building users, but emergency light maintenance is a legal requirement and failure to maintain and test these systems at least on an annual basis, leaves the duty holder liable for breaching the law.

How do I know if my emergency lighting is working?

To test the emergency lights

  1. Insert the key and turn off the power to the lights, this should make them come on.
  2. Start a timer.
  3. Walk around where these lights are now illuminated and check that they are working correctly.

How long do emergency lights need to stay on?

90 minutes
How long does an Emergency Light stay on for? When the electricity goes out and the Emergency Mode begins, an emergency light must operate for a minimum of 90 minutes according to NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.

What is the code for emergency lighting?

Within the Life Safety Code, the NFPA’s requirements for emergency lighting are referenced under section 7.9. Emergency illumination (when required) must be provided for a minimum of 1.5-hours in the event of failure of normal lighting.

How long do the batteries last in an emergency light?

Most self-contained battery powered emergency lights tend to last anywhere from 3-6 years before they need replacing. So you can expect to replace all your batteries, and in some cases the complete fittings every 3-6 years, hitting a peak replacement curve at the 4-5 year mark.

How do you test emergency lighting monthly?

The monthly test Ensure all emergency lighting’s illuminating when the mains power is switched off using your test key, and check over the casings to make sure they are clean and aren’t showing any signs of damage. Once mains power is restored, check they are fully charging up again.

Is emergency lighting testing a legal requirement?

Do emergency lights have to be on all the time?

Should emergency lighting be on all the time? Emergency lighting should always be connected to its power source, but it does not need to be always illuminated. Self-contained emergency light fittings (ie emergency light fittings that each have their own batteries) can be installed as maintained or non-maintained.

What does BS 5266 say about emergency lighting?

by Richard McPartland. BS 5266 gives gives detailed guidance on the application and practice of emergency lighting. The standard’s recommendations have been drawn up to encourage uniformity of application, based on providing adequate safety to people in the event that normal lighting is interrupted.

What is the Code of practice for emergency lighting?

BS 5266-1:2016 – Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises BS 5266-2:1998 – Code of practice for electrical low mounted way guidance systems for emergency use BS 5266-4:1999 – Code of practice for design, installation, maintenance and use of optical fibre systems

What is the difference between BS EN 1838 and BS 5266?

The main changes in BS 5266 are the introduction of two new levels of emergency lighting – emergency safety lighting and standby lighting. These have been mentioned in BS EN 1838 Lighting applications – Emergency lighting and BS 5266, but the 2016 version of BS 5266 expands on this.

Why was there a revision to BS 5266?

Revisions to BS 5266 have been made to better align the document with national and European standards and to reflect the fact that, in some scenarios, such as hospitals or care homes, occupants may need to remain on the premises in safety. What is BS 5266? BS 5266 gives gives detailed guidance on the application and practice of emergency lighting.