AAPlus Electrical are fully NICEIC trained and approved installers on Emergency Lighting. We can test and maintain current emergency lighting installations for commercial properties, services offices, retail outlets and communal areas in residential blocks/apartments, as well as the design of emergency lighting systems for various applications
Our typical emergency lighting maintenance service involves the following:
Emergency Lighting is essential in the event of a fire or power failure, and enables customers, staff and visitors to find emergency escape routes and exits should the need arise
AAPlus Electrical offers a complete emergency lighting service, taking the bulk of the responsibility away from businesses, estate agents and chartered surveyors alike. We offer annual emergency lighting packages, which offer on-hand expertise, cost savings and a professional service. AAPlus Electrical are NICEIC approved and our engineers are all trained and specialist emergency lighting technicians.
AAPlus Electrical are specialists in emergency lighting:
Maintained fitting – will operate as a normal light fitting and be controlled with all the other lights in the area, however when the power fails the maintained emergency fitting will continue to operate but at a lower light level.
Non-maintained fitting – is normally switched off, with its batteries being continuously charged and a green LED indicator. When the power fails, the fitting switches on using its battery supply. Non-maintained fittings are not part of the general lighting but are fittings such as emergency exit signs.
Combined emergency luminaire – a luminaire containing two or more lamps, at least one of which is energised from the emergency lighting supply and the other(s) from the normal lighting supply. A combined emergency luminaire can be either maintained or non-maintained.
Emergency escape lighting – the part of an emergency lighting system that provides illumination for the safety of people leaving a location or attempting to terminate a potentially dangerous process beforehand. It is part of the fire safety provision of a building and a requirement of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Standby lighting – the part of an emergency lighting system provided to enable normal activities to continue substantially unchanged. This guide does not include standby lighting as it is not a legal requirement and is a facility that may or may not be needed, depending on the use and occupancy of the premises, etc.
Emergency escape lighting is subdivided into escape route lighting, open area lighting and high risk task area lighting.
Escape route lighting – that part of an emergency escape lighting system provided to ensure that the means of escape can be effectively identified and safely used by occupants of the building.
Open area lighting (anti-panic lighting) – the part of an emergency escape lighting system provided to minimise panic and ensure there is sufficient illumination to allow the occupants of a building to reach a place where an escape route can be identified.
High risk task area lighting – the part of an emergency escape lighting system that provides illumination for the safety of people involved in a potentially dangerous process or situation and to enable suitable shut-down procedures for the safety of the operator and other occupants of the premises.
To test an emergency lighting system, it is important to simulate emergency conditions or mains failure on lighting and emergency lighting circuits. The idea of this is to activate the emergency lighting system to operate via the battery supply. This test can be carried out manually or automatically.
A full drain down test for the full rated duration of the emergency lights (e.g. 3 hours) must be carried out. The emergency lights must still be working at the end of this test. The result must be recorded in both an emergency log book and an emergency periodic inspection report and, if failures are detected, these must be remedied as soon as possible.
All emergency lighting systems must be tested monthly. The test is a short functional test in accordance with BS EN 50172:2004 / BS 5266-8:2004.
The period of simulated failure should be for enough time so that the appointed tester can check that the emergency light fitting has switched over to a battery supply and then switching back to the normal supply. During this period, all luminaires and signs shall be checked to ensure that they are present, clean, functioning correctly and that the LED indicator lighting is working to show that the batteries are re-charging.
For more information on our emergency lighting testing, maintenance and installation services, contact our Milton Keynes – based team today on 019089477101.