Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is a back–up for when the main power supply cuts out, resulting in darkness which could present a danger to the occupants of a building. Therefore emergency lights must operate automatically in all common areas and escape routes, and must be adequate for people to see clearly enough to navigate obstacles and find a way out safely.

As a vital component of a building’s life safety system AEL Systems designs, installs and maintains emergency lighting systems for all types of businesses and premises. 

Ranging from traditional bulkhead type lighting incorporated into the main lighting circuits, through to fully monitored LED systems with remote discharge function - AEL Systems are able to provide an emergency lighting system to meet all types of sites and budgets.

Regulations

BS 5266-1:2011 Code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises.

There are various regulations that apply to emergency lighting, beginning with the Building Regulations 2000, in which Approved Document B outlines fire safety requirements for new buildings and the refurbishment of existing ones. This requires that, as well as escape routes, all open areas larger than 60m2 must have emergency lights in case the normal lighting fails. Further, parts of schools which do not have natural light, or which are used outside normal hours, must have emergency lighting.

In addition, The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 state..."that the Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case the lighting fails.