Emergency lighting systems are your guardian angel when trying to exit a building in a safe manner during a power cut or urgent situation. Failure of your system is not an option either for the occupants or duty holders. For this reason they should be thoroughly inspected on a regular basis. The following are minimum inspections & tests that should be carried out.

Daily Tests

These will only apply if you have a central back-up system. A central back-up emergency lighting system uses a central power supply (battery) to power a range of emergency lights (luminaires) – it is very important that this power supply is operating correctly as it’s the only thing that will keep your luminaires working in the event of a power failure. A daily inspection of the indicators on the power supply should be carried out. No test of operation is usually required on a daily basis.

Monthly tests

All emergency lighting systems should be tested on a monthly basis. A failure of the lighting circuits should be simulated, during this time all luminaires and signs must be checked to ensure they are;
• Present
• In good condition
• Functioning correctly

Annual tests

Once a year, a test must be carried out for the full rated duration of the lights (for example, 3 hours). The rated duration of the lights can be found via a code on the side of the casing. Emergency lights must still be working at the end of this period of simulated failure.
Careful consideration should be taken towards the timing of this test – the normal lighting may fail during the testing or battery recharge period leaving the building without sufficient emergency lighting. A time of low-risk must always be chosen. Where buildings are always occupied, only test alternate luminaires at any one time & provide backup using temporary means.

Other considerations

All tests must be recorded. Any failures detected must be remedied ASAP. Batteries in luminaires must be replaced on a regular basis – manufacturers will issue guidelines based on your particular accessories. Systems must always be designed to BS 5266-1:2011 & you should have been issued with a certificate of compliance when the system was commissioned.

If you require help with your Emergency Lighting Testing, Peeko can provide a range of solutions, from a fully managed solution for your piece of mind, annual inspection & testing or an on-site training course to allow you to perform tests in-house. Get in touch for a free non-obligation quotation.

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