Emergency Lights

Emergency Lighting is essential in the event of normal lighting supply failure. Minimum emergency lighting levels are provided to illuminate escape routes from a building by use of both exit signs and luminaires along the route acting as beacons to a place of safety. They also provide the ability to operate Fire Safety Equipment as needed for example Manual Call Points, Fire Indication Equipment and Extinguishers.

Emergency lights

We can offer full design, installation, commission, handover, and maintenance packages for an extensive range of emergency lighting systems in accordance with current standards. (BS 5266-1:2016)


Compliance with BS 5266-1:2016 In the UK, it is a fire safety legislation requirement that emergency lighting is provided in the following premises:


  • Offices and shops
  • Premises that provide care
  • Community halls
  • Pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • Schools
  • Tents and marquees
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Factories and warehouses
  • Common areas in houses with multiple occupants

There are four main types of emergency lighting: 


Escape route lighting: Helps reduce panic and identify evacuation routes and obstacles in emergency situations such as a fire or security incident. It ensures that the means of escape out of the premises is effectively identified, sufficiently illuminated, and can be safely used by the occupants of the building. 


Open area lighting: Often referred to an anti-panic lighting, this ensures there is sufficient lighting to enable building occupants to reach a place where an escape route can be identified. Open area lighting applies to floor areas larger than 60m². 


High-risk task area lighting: This provides higher levels of illumination to allow potentially dangerous processes to be shut down or stopped prior to evacuation, for example turning off major machinery equipment. 

Stay put/emergency safety lighting: Occupants will be allowed to stay in the premises until there is less than 1-hour duration left in the emergency lighting. The system then allows them to be directed or escorted to a low-risk location. It must be clear how long occupants can stay and how the end of the ‘stay put’ period will be indicated. The plan should also make clear what happens at the end of the emergency duration and how will occupants be directed to safe refuges.

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