Emergency Lighting

It is vital that emergency lighting comes on if the normal lighting fails. It needs to be sufficiently bright, illuminated for enough time, and the light sources so positioned that the staff and visitors of a building can be evacuated safely in an emergency.

Regular maintenance of emergency lighting and fire alarms is essential, to ensure correct operation when an emergency occurs, and compliance with current regulations and insurance requirements. Any faults discovered during maintenance should be recorded in an Emergency Lighting Logbook; this forms part of your Fire Risk Assessment.

BS 5266 is the British Standard for Emergency Lighting, all installations should be installed and maintained in line with these standards.

Emergency lights are a system that uses a battery backup, so when the power fails, the lamps illuminate from the battery, with this in mind, the batteries need to be tested and maintained on a regular basis.

Our engineers carry out work on emergency lighting systems on a daily basis; our services include providing advice on compliance with current regulations, risk assessments and servicing and maintenance visits.

Emergency Lighting Risk Assessment

As with fire alarm systems, emergency lighting needs to be designed to meet the needs of your business and ICEL Design Guide 1001 defines the requirement for a Emergency Lighting Risk Assessment to be carried out.

Our ICEL accredited design engineers are able to provide advice on both your existing emergency lighting, its compliance with BS 5266 and also what upgrades and additions are needed to ensure the safety evacuation of your staff.

Get a copy of our free emergency lighting design guide.

Emergency Lighting Installation

Once a thorough and accurate emergency lighting risk assessment has been carried out, our team of installation electricians are able to install a range of traditional and LED emergency light fittings.

All installations are installed to comply with BS 5266 and BS 7671, certification is issued to comply with the appropriate regulations including Emergency Lighting Design Certificates, Emergency Lighting Completion certificates and Emergency Lighting Verification Certificates. Our work is covered by our NICEIC and ECA accreditations.

Emergency Lighting Maintenance

BS 5266 recommends a test procedure. The key points of which are shown below:

User Checks


Check indicator light and that all maintained luminaires are operating. Check that any previously recorded fault has been rectified. Record any faults.


In addition to the daily test procedures you must simulate a mains failure of no more than ¼ of the rated duration.

Engineer Service Visits

During an engineer visit all light fittings will be tested and cleaned, lamps checked, batteries discharged for a period of time, mains failure simulated, and all compliance certification and documentation completed.