Emergency Lighting Testing

Why do I need to carry out Emergency Lighting Testing?

The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 state that “Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case lighting fails”

This makes it the responsibility of all employers to ensure that emergency lighting systems are adequately maintained and checked to ensure they are safe and compliant

All emergency lighting systems should be installed, tested and inspected in accordance with BS5266-1

Emergency lighting is lighting for an emergency situation when the main power supply is cut, and any normal illumination fails. The loss of mains electricity could be the result of a fire or a power cut and the normal lighting supplies fail. This may lead to sudden darkness and a possible danger to the occupants, 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 all occupants to evacuate the premises safely. Most new buildings now have emergency lighting installed during construction; the design and type of equipment being specified by the architect in accordance with current Building Regulations and any local authority requirements.

But, with emergency lighting being so vital to the safety of the building’s occupants, are you confident that you are meeting the legal requirement when it comes to testing that they work properly and efficiently?

What does it involve?

Every 12 months a 3-hour run down test is performed to ensure the battery still serviceable

To test an emergency lighting system, a mains power failure on the normal lighting circuit / circuits or individual luminaries must be simulated. This will force the emergency lighting system to operate via the battery supply. This test can be carried out manually or automatically.

Experts in safety you can count on us to provide the optimum Emergency Lighting solution for your organisation. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

How much will it cost?

To obtain a quick and easy quote for Emergency Lighting Testing please call us on

07726 506640 or 0779 212 3869 or

use the contact form or

email: info@citypat.co.uk