Emergency Lighting Installation

Installation and Testing for Emergency Lighting in Birmingham

At Ignis Fire Protection Services our team are experienced in emergency lighting installation and testing in Birmingham and the surrounding area. We ensure it is always doing the utmost to keep your building’s occupants safe in case of fire.

In a building, emergency lights play a vital role particularly in the event of a fire when an evacuation/rescue is being carried out. Therefore, for health and safety reasons, every building should have them. In the UK, all emergency lighting units must comply with British and European standards such as BS 5266-1-2011, BS EN 1838:1999/BS 5266-7:1999, and BS EN 60598-1:2008. Here is some more information about emergency lighting testing in Birmingham and installation requirements in general in the UK.

Level of Lighting Illumination

The level of illumination depends on factors such as the premises involved, number of people who work inside or visit the building, and nature of emergency exits. For example, BS5266 requires business owners to install lights with illuminance of 0.2 lux in corridors. Areas where people should congregate in the event of an emergency should have lights with a minimum illuminance of 0.5 lux.

For high-risk areas, the lights should have an illuminance of 15 lux. If your business is in a building where the emergency exit is about two metres wide, the installed lights should provide illuminance of one lux at floor level. Some of the buildings and premises that must have emergency lights include hospitals, shopping malls, supermarkets, pubs, homes for old people, and conference centres. Ignis can install and test emergency lights and determine where they are required.

Emergency Signs

Besides lights, you should have signs installed in areas where people can easily see them. The purpose of these signs is to show people the exit routes to follow in the event of an emergency. Some of the areas that require signs include corridor intersections, the beginning and ending of stairways, fire-equipment storage points, changes in direction, lifts, toilets, and fire alarm meeting points. Once again, Ignis install signs in the appropriate areas.

Emergency Light Testing

After installation, it is advisable to carry out periodic tests to ensure the lights operate as expected. In fact, BS 5266-8:2004/BS EN 50172:2004 requires monthly testing of such lighting units. During the testing period, all other lights should be off and the emergency lights and signs should undergo a thorough check to ensure they are functioning correctly.

The person carrying out the testing should record his or her observations in a lighting and testing logbook. Moreover, the lights should undergo a full rated test at least once every year. Ignis will do this for you. The aim of this test is to determine whether the lights and batteries can work properly for the entire rated period. If any of the lights fail within this period, you should replace the batteries with new ones. In most cases, this test lasts for about three hours.

All said, emergency lighting generally plays a vital role in a building especially during emergencies that may force people to leave a building quickly. However, businesses and organisations such as hospitals must ensure that the lighting units they install meet European and British standards. Ignis can advise you on all of this.

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