Emergency Lighting Regulations And Testing — 12 Comments

  1. Who can be regarded as a competent person to test perform the regular monthly test on emergency lights as opposed to the annual check? My current information is that our current tester has NO specific qualifications and that anyone who has his/her full mental faculties is permitted to perform such a task.

    • There is no requirement for someone to be qualified to carry out the monthly inspections as the test is a short functional test in accordance with BS 5266.
      The period of simulated failure should be sufficient for the purpose of the test whilst minimising damage to the system components e.g. lamps and batteries. A record of the test must be recorded in the emergency lighting log book.
      A typical test schedule is as follows:
      • Switch on the emergency mode of each luminaire and each internally illuminated exit sign from its battery by simulation of a failure of the supply to the normal lighting for a period sufficient to ensure that each lamp is illuminated.
      • During this period, all luminaires and signs shall be checked to ensure that they are present, clean and functioning correctly.
      • At the end of this test period, the supply to the normal lighting should be restored and any indicator lamp or device checked to ensure that it is showing that the normal supply has been restored.
      I hope that helps – Andrew Mitchell

  2. Thanks for your prompt reply. I will pass your helpful message onto those who need to know!
    Thanks again,
    Selwyn Lewis

  3. To comply with the regulations, is it permissible to install maintained light fittings within an existing office lighting circuit?

    • Hi, Thanks for your enquiry. We would need more information from you before we can advise you about this. Please feel free to call us on 0330 6600264

  4. My Fire Safety Officer tells me that from now on my (3-hour rated) emergency light fittings only need to be soak tested for an hour. Is this correct? How confident should I be that my light fitting might be towards its end of life unless I carry out a full test? (This is concerning a school building)

    • Hi Brian, As far as we are aware there has been no change to bs5266 EML regulation and there is nothing in the pipeline for a change. Yes, we all think three hours is too long but that’s the guidelines from BS so that’s the regs we follow, you cannot be sure an EML will last 3 hours if it is not tested to that length of time, what happens if at 1 hour 1 minute it fails? Our advice is to stick to the regulations – test for 3 hours.

      • Yes, thank you for this reply, this is also what I think but it is difficult to argue against someone who is specifically trained in this area of fire safety. Indeed it does appear to save the immediate need to repair 3-hour fittings so often, as so many batteries fail after about 3 years of virtually no use, but we realise that isn’t the point. I think this person is sticking his neck out somewhat by writing to schools with this advice…

    • Hi,

      There should be an annual inspection by a competent qualified professional which should include a full rated duration test of the system. i.e. the system is run on battery for the full 3 hours.

  5. Does the annual, 3 hour duration test have to be done by a qualified electrician/emergency light company or can this still be treated the same as the monthly checks and be carried out in house? Thanks.

    • Only the monthly and six monthly test can be completed by an in-house competent person. A full system test should be conducted by a competent qualified service engineer which is to include a full rated duration test of the system.

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