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Emergency Light Testing

Emergency lighting is mandatory and must give adequate lighting in case an emergency arises where the main power supply has been lost. This lighting allows occupants to be able to identify the emergency exits and leave the building safely. The loss of the main lighting in an establishment could be due to a power cut or fire.

Laws and Regulations

Emergency lighting systems should be periodically tested and inspected to ensure that it is in good working order in case of an evacuation.

BS EN 50172:2004 / BS 5266-8:2004 (Emergency escape lighting systems) outlines the minimum provision and testing of emergency lighting for different properties. Additional information on servicing can be found in BS 5266-1: 2011 (Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises).

In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the Fire Precautions Workplace 1997, the Duty Holder in charge for the maintenance of the installation is legally obligated to ensure that the system installed is in full working order and follows to BS5266 pt 1.


  • Emergency lighting is required to operate fully, automatically and give illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable all occupants to evacuate the premises safely.
  • We have engineers spread across the UK and five offices to ensure we are responsive to customer needs.

Added Value

  • Our engineers are competent in all our services and care for the welfare and safety of everyone associated with our clients. They are obliged to check that the emergency lighting is working effectively.
  • Our engineers are flexible with their work schedule and can work evenings and weekends to meet your schedules to ensure that our clients day-to-day operations are running normally.

Tasks/Stages Involved

To test an emergency lighting system, a mains power failure on the normal lighting 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.

Questions & Answers

Why are emergency lighting inspections important?

During the event of a fire, it is vital that occupants can leave the building quickly and safely. The emergency lighting aids occupants to find the nearest emergency exits. To ensure that these lights are working effectively, regular tests and maintenance is required.


Will this service disrupt the running of my business?

This is possible; however, it depends on which services are carried out during the visit and the condition of the electrical circuits and appliances that are being serviced. For example, a faulty wire that is being repaired may require the electrics being turned off. Our engineers are aware that businesses need to run as normal, therefore they will try and prevent disruption wherever they can.

Emergency lighting is a Primary Life Safety System provided to assist occupants to evacuate in case

of an emergency and to prevent certain tasks,

such as a controlled shutdown, to be performed

in safety.