Emergi-Lite Design Guides to Help Understand Emergency Lighting Standards

Escape signIf you’re an architect, designer, engineer, consultant, contractor, estate manager, maintenance manager or facilities manager, it’s highly probable that at one stage or another you’ll be responsible for ensuring that the provision of emergency lighting in your building is correctly and reliably undertaken.

And while many will have had previous experience of the requirements for emergency lighting as originated from the Fire Precautions Act 1971, and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (Amended 1999), the latest legislation – the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order – which came into force in October 2006 has now completely superseded all previous fire safety regulation.

The repercussions of this change - particularly for estate managers, maintenance managers and facilities managers directly employed to ensure the day to day upkeep of their buildings - is that many fire safety provisions that previously met legislative standards are now out of date. With this in mind, it’s essential that those concerned with the provision of fire safety make themselves fully aware of the general requirements for emergency lighting, and if necessary update their systems as appropriate.

As a leading provider of emergency lighting systems and the central battery systems that support them, Emergi-Lite offers those with responsibility for fire safety technical expert guidance and reference support. Our emergency lighting product catalogue (available in print or as a download) includes detailed insight into the general requirements and standards necessary for meeting emergency lighting legislation, including the need to work to:

BS 5266-1 and BS 5266-8
The standard that sets the guidelines for the installation of emergency lighting, pertaining to location and frequency of luminaires, exit signs, and the minimum lighting levels required.

BS EN 60598.2.22
The product standard that establishes the performance requirements of emergency lighting luminaires and internally illuminated exit signs.

IEC 62034
The standard that defines the requirement for automated testing systems for emergency lighting.

ICEL 1001, ICEL 1004 and ICEL 1009
Guides and registration schemes provided by the Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting which define enhanced performance requirements for the different types of emergency lighting, backed by independent testing authorities and accreditations.

Furthermore, our emergency lighting guide provides designers and contractors with informative and detailed insight regarding:

• exit sign designated legend formats, and their
• maximum viewing distances (boards), as well as for
• illuminated exit sign distances, and
• mandatory points of emphasis for directional signage.

There’s also insight into other essential considerations when designing and installing an emergency lighting system, such as:

• escape routes
• open areas (anti panic)
• high risk task areas, and other areas
• luminaire mounting height
• stand-by lighting requirements
• the different types and categories of emergency lighting
• emergency lighting testing and maintenance, and
• much, much more.

With an unrivalled range of emergency lighting systems specifically designed for a diverse range of sectors and industries (from office and public building to education and healthcare, sports stadia and leisure centre to industrial and hazardous area) and a wealth of experience, expertise, knowledge and resources (including these new videos design guides) to draw upon, architects, designers, engineers, consultants, contractors, estate managers, maintenance managers and facilities managers can have total confidence in ABB Emergi-Lite emergency lighting solutions.

Learn more about ABB Emergi-Lite emergency lighting solutions

We offer a comprehensive and informative guide to emergency lighting standards and product solutions now, or request a printed copy today. Call us on +44 (0) 113 281 0600, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more now.

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