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Emergency lighting illuminates the way to all escape routes and fire exits during a time of power failure; this does not mean that an emergency, such as a fire, is taking place. To avoid added hazards from darkness, these places should also be fitted with emergency lighting:


  • Open plan offices

  • Warehouses

  • Elevators

  • Motor rooms

  • Commercial kitchens

  • Areas without any source of natural light, e.g. enclosed staircases

  • Anywhere in which a job without lighting could cause harm, e.g. lathe workers

  • Above safety equipment, e.g. fire alarm panels and first aid points


All emergency lighting must be covered by BS5266 and must also meet IEE wiring regulations (BS7671); our expert team can ensure that this is done for you.


To ensure that your lighting can lead the way in case of an emergency, it must be tested regularly to ensure reliability and integrity. Some systems test themselves automatically but many others require manual testing; it is important to learn what kind of system you own so that you can ensure that it is tested when necessary.


There are two types of emergency lighting that contain:

  • Self-contained emergency luminaries with an internal battery

  • Slave luminaries with a central battery system


You can also get “maintained” or “non-maintained” emergency lighting:

  • Non-maintained lighting 

    • Designed only to work when normal lighting cuts out

  • Maintained lighting

    • Is both normal and emergency lighting

    • A basic system with a number of design options for aesthetic appeal.

    • Uses less fittings as it provides both normal and emergency lighting; this can improve aesthetic appearance.

    • Often found in emergency exit signs.

  • Both forms of lighting can be found in LED fittings, which reduce energy usage and costs. 


Emergency Lights