Emergency Lighting

The Emergency Lighting Circuits / Lights should be tested as per the following intervals

  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • Three Yearly & Annual

Servicing and testing

When automatic testing devices are used, the information shall be recorded monthly. For all other systems, the tests shall be carried out as described in routine inspections and tests and the results recorded.

Regular servicing is essential. The occupier/owner of the premises shall appoint a competent person to supervise servicing of the system. This person shall be given sufficient authority to ensure the carrying out of any work necessary to maintain the system in correct operation.

Routine inspections and tests

Where national regulations do not apply, the following shall be met.

Because of the possibility of a failure of the normal lighting supply occurring shortly after a period of testing of the emergency lighting system or during the subsequent recharge period, all full duration tests shall wherever possible be undertaken preceding time of low risk to allow for battery recharge. Alternatively, suitable temporary arrangements shall be made until the batteries have been recharged.

The following minimum inspections and tests shall be carried out at the intervals recommended in Daily and Annually testing.

Daily (End User)

Indicators of central power supply shall be visually inspected for correct operation.

NOTE: This is a visual inspection of indicators to identify that the system is in a ready condition and does not require a test of operation.

Monthly (End User)

If automatic testing devices are used, the results of the short duration tests shall be recorded.

Tests shall be carried out as follows:

a) Switch on in the emergency mode each luminaire and each internally illuminated exit sign from its battery by simulation of a failure of the supply to the normal lighting for a period sufficient to ensure that each lamp is illuminated.

NOTE: The period of simulated failure should be sufficient for the purpose of this clause whilst minimising damage to the system components e.g. lamps.

During this period, all luminaries and signs shall be checked to ensure that they are present, clean and functioning correctly.

At the end of this test period, the supply to the normal lighting should be restored and any indicator lamp or device checked to ensure that it is showing that the normal supply has been restored.

b) In addition to the above, for central battery systems, the correct operation of system monitors shall be checked.

c) In addition to a), for generating sets, refer to the requirement of ISO 8528-12.

Annually

If automatic testing devices are used, the results of the full rated duration test shall be recorded.

For all other systems the monthly inspection shall be carried out and the following additional tests made:

a) Each luminaire and internally illuminated sign shall be tested as per Monthly but for its full duration in accordance with the manufacturers information;

b) The supply of the normal lighting shall be restored and any indicator lamp or device checked to ensure that it is showing that normal supply has been restored. The charging arrangements should be checked for proper functioning.

c) The date of the test and its results shall be recorded in the system logbook.

d) In addition, for generating sets, refer to the requirements of ISO 8528-12

General

On completion of the work, drawings of the emergency escape lighting installation shall be provided and retained on the premises.

In addition, a logbook shall be provided for the recording of routine examinations, tests, defects and alterations.

These shall be available as either a manual record or as a hard copy obtained from an automatic testing device.

System Record

On completion of a yearly inspection and test schedule should be supplied to the person responsible for the premises.

Log Book (Reporting)

A logbook shall be kept on the premises in the care of a responsible person appointed by the occupier/owner and shall be readily available for examination by any duly authorized person.

The logbook shall be used to record at least the following information:

a) Date of commissioning of the system including any certificate relating to alterations;

b) Date of each periodic inspection and test;

c) Date and brief details of each service, inspection or test carried out;

d) Date and brief details of any defects and of remedial action taken;

e) Date and brief details of any alteration to the emergency lighting installation;

f) If any automatic testing device is employed, the main characteristic and the mode of operation of that device shall be described.

 

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