Design – Install – Maintain – Test
Andrews Electrical can offer your business the complete Emergency Lighting package from emergency lighting design through to installation, maintenance and testing.
Whatever your required emergency lighting requirements, we can tailor an emergency lighting system to your individual needs. Our more frequent customer requests are for escape area lighting for stairwells and corridors, also emergency lighting for high risk task areas where occupants need to safely negotiate machinery in the event of a power failure.
What is Emergency Lighting?
In broad terms Emergency Lighting is lighting that automatically comes on when the power supply to the normal lighting system fails. This happens when the main power supply is cut off as a result of a fire, flood, or a power cut. This may result in sudden darkness and cause danger to the people inside the building, whether through panic or injury.
Emergency lighting is usually required to operate fully automatically and give sufficient illumination to enable the occupants to evacuate the building as safely as possible.
Who Needs Emergency Lighting?
Any company employing people has a duty of care to its employees. Emergency lighting is part of this responsibility and includes premises such as Schools, businesses, factories, warehouses, offices, hotels, clubs, pubs, hospitals, nursing homes, museums, shops, multi-storey dwellings, etc. All require Emergency Lighting which conforms to: BS 5266-1:2016 Emergency lighting Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises.
Types of Emergency lighting
Self-contained emergency lighting
These are stand-alone units with an integral battery supply and are wired to a permanent electrical supply. These can be maintained or non-maintained and can come with a options such as automatic self-testing or can be linked to a self-testing addressable system.
- Maintained Emergency lighting: Maintained emergency lights are built to be used continuously as in your everyday life just like a normal light fitting. When running normally they will take power from the electricity mains supply, but should you encounter a power cut they switch to emergency mode & take power from a backup battery.
- Non-Maintained Emergency Lighting: Non-maintained emergency lights are made solely for emergency use. They are designed to come on when the mains power fails (a power cut, fire etc.) making sure all emergency exit routes are clearly illuminated. (They will not work as normal day-to-day lighting system)
Emergency Lighting for different Areas
Emergency Exit Lighting
Also known as Escape Route Lighting, this helps to show everyone in the building the fastest route to exit.
Open area & corridor lighting
Also known as anti-panic lighting this forms part of an emergency escape lighting system provided to minimise panic and ensure there is sufficient light to allow the occupants of a building to reach a place where an escape route can be identified.
High risk task area lighting
This part of an emergency lighting system provides illumination for the safety of people involved in a potentially dangerous situation and to enable proper shut-down procedures for the occupants.