All commercial and industrial premises require mandatory emergency lighting, but with many businesses below standards due to poorly maintained or insufficient products, uptake is still not where it needs to be. Here, we look at how Red Arrow Electrical Distribution are helping contractors install reliable and sufficient emergency lighting…
Defined by BSi as ‘the generic term for equipment that provides illumination in the event of failure of supply to the normal lighting’, emergency lighting is a complex area that generally requires a degree of additional wiring and expertise.
These days, all new builds have emergency lighting installed during construction – with design and type specified by an electrical engineer to meet Building Regulations and Local Authority requirements – but each site still has its own unique needs. To support the general lighting in case of emergency, it’s important to address the differing levels of light required for varied needs and uses to ensure the appropriate amount of emergency lighting is installed.
Alongside different lighting specifications, risk assessments should also be carried out regularly, particularly if the structure or usage of a building changes. Failure to implement this legal requirement can result in many long-term problems, lengthy site revisits, increased workloads and costly repairs. It’s also worth remembering that all those involved in designing, installing and manufacturing emergency lighting systems are responsible for complying to fire safety assessments and legislation, making the IET Electricians Guide to Emergency Lighting, BS 7671, BS 5266 and EN1838 essential reads for contractors installing emergency lighting. Relating to hotels, clubs, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, colleges, licensed premises, offices, museums, shops and multi-story dwellings, this focuses on:
Installing emergency lighting in accordance with regulatory requirements
Testing the system
Maintain ongoing inspection and necessary updates
Which emergency lighting?
According to the BSi guide to emergency lighting, there are two main types of emergency lighting:
Emergency escape lighting
Part of the fire safety provision of a building and a requirement of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, this provides illumination for the safety of people leaving a location. Escape route lighting must be sufficiently lit to enable swift and safe evacuation of a building by illuminating its escape routes, such as corridors and stairways.
LED Emergency Maintained Exit: Available with a three-hour emergency duration and IP20 rating. Ideal for offices, schools and hospitality.
Emergency LED Twin Spot: With a lightweight polycarbonate body for easy mounting and installation, this is designed for commercial sites, warehouses and retail units.
Sentinel Emergency: Lightweight and compact, these professional emergency downlights are perfect for locations where higher EM illuminance is required
Although not a legal requirement, standby lighting is often installed to enable normal activities to resume in the event of failure in the normal mains supply. However, it should be noted that as this type of emergency lighting is normally handled by Generators or a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply), battery-based products are not suitable alone.
LED Emergency Maintained Recessed Lighting: Perfect for leisure centres and hospitality, this lighting is available in 25W LED, with a 297 lumen output and an emergency duration of 3 hours.
With a range of exit signs, twin spots, popular bulkheads and downlights with specially designed escape route optics, Red Arrow are experts at providing emergency lighting, while supporting the growing demand that contractors are facing.