We have all seen the emergency exit signs adorning our offices, warehouses, restaurants and shops. Did you know that some of these are emergency lights? Suppose you have a power cut, how do you find the exit in the dark?
What Is Emergency Light Testing
Emergency lighting is a self-descriptive term. It is of course lighting for an emergency – whether it be caused by fire or not – when it is essential to quickly locate firefighting equipment and identify exit routes from the premises.
There may simply be a break in the normal lighting supplies leading to sudden darkness and the resultant hazard to human life, either through physical danger or panic.
Emergency lighting is normally required to operate fully automatically and give illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable persons of all ages to safely evacuate from the building.
“Now I wouldn’t blame you if you are wondering how, if the electricity has gone down, do these lights work?”
Emergency lights are not usually part of the main power circuit; they are most commonly on a separate circuit of their own. In most cases they also have a battery designed to provide the power required to illuminate the emergency exit signs, for up to 3 hours should this secondary circuit fail.
It is recommended a monthly inspection is conducted by the designated ‘responsible person’. This is a short functionality test in accordance with the current British Standard and for a period of time that simulates failure. The test should be sufficient in length while minimising damage to the system components, such as the lamps. During this period, all luminaires and signs should be checked to ensure that they are present, clean and functioning correctly.These lights need to be tested periodically to ensure that if we should need them, they are in good working order so it’s good to have an Emergency Light Testing schedule.
A full inspection should be carried out annually and conducted by a qualified electrician or an ICEL (The Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting Ltd) approved contractor. During the test, the engineer will monitor the emergency lights. The annual test usually lasts for three hours, after which the lights must still be working.
“Any emergency luminaire that fails will be recorded and, if failures are detected, these must be remedied as soon as possible!”
This could include the replacement of bulbs and batteries, so to arrange an emergency light test please contact our competent and experienced engineers on 0330 6600264 or click here to send us an email and we’ll call you straight back.
Until next time …