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Emergency Light Testing

Emergency Lighting is designed to illuminate exit routes in the event of an emergency or simply when the mains power source drops, guiding the way to a safe exit route for occupants inside the building.

Require this service, or any of our other services?  

Is it a legal requirement?

As a responsible person, you will be expected by law to comply with a variety of regulations that are in place to protect the people within your building. This includes employees, customers and any other visitors to your premises. 

You are legally obligated to ensure that systems are maintained and installed in full working order.

BS 5266 gives the general outline, recommendations and guidance on the factors that need to be considered in the design of, and the installation and wiring of, electrical emergency escape lighting systems, in order to provide the lighting performance needed for safe movement of people in the event of the supply to normal lighting failing.

Some of the UK laws and regulations relating to Emergency Lighting

Workplace Health, Safety & Welfare Regulations 1992

Reglatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

Fire Precautions Workplace Act 1997

Why you NEED Emergency Lighting

Simply put, without adequate Emergency Lighting, you'll be left in the dark when an emergency occurs or the power in your premises fails.


If your Emergency Lighting isn't fit for purpose and readily available when it is needed to illuminate areas of your building, you will be in breach of the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

That is where we come in, we have a team of fire safety experts that are ready and waiting to install, replace, repair and of course, test all of your Emergency Lighting systems.


We have one very simple goal -  ensuring that you remain compliant with all of your maintenance obligations. Your Emergency Light Testing being a critical part of your overall safety and maintenance requirements.

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What does it involve?

We keep your lighting systems in full working order by testing all components, including switches, batteries, luminaries and control equipment.


We will always arrange a maintenance schedule ahead of time to best suit your working day.


Our engineers will be able to determine whether or not you need a 1 hour or 3 hour test. Whilst always assessing the placement of emergency lights, to ensure that they’re placed in the best possible location for illumination.

Different types of emergency light testing can be broken down into abbreviations such as the following:

M3 - Maintained, emergency duration - 3 hours

NM2 - Non-maintained, emergency duration - 2 hours

S1 - Sustained System, emergency duration - 1 hour

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When testing an emergency lighting system, a mains power failure should be simulated. This will force the emergency lighting system to operate via the battery supply.

Emergency light testing (flick test)

Our head engineer in action.

How Emergency Lighting will improve the safety of your premises

If tested and maintained to the right standard, Emergency Lighting will be fully operational and provide illumination to a sufficiently high level, thus enabling all occupants to safely evacuate the premises in the unfortunate event of an emergency situation.

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