What is emergency lighting?

It is an essential life safety system that aids the evacuation of a building in an emergency.

Emergency escape lighting systems are designed to illuminate both escape routes and safety equipment if normal illumination fails during a fire or power failure. 

Emergency lights and signs must be sited to:

  • clearly show the exit routes to the final exits from the premises,

  • illuminate hazards such as stairways, changes in floor level, corridors, changes in direction,

  • highlight the outside of each final exit, plus plant rooms, lifts, toilets.

It is also essential for being able to find and use fire alarm call points and fire-fighting equipment and to avoid panic in large areas with a high volume of people.


Is there a legal responsibility to provide Emergency Lighting?

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Yes, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the Responsible Person (RP) of any non-domestic premises to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment, including measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire and identify persons at risk.

These measures include the need for fire safety systems, such as Emergency Lighting, that are fully functional and provide sufficient coverage. The latest measures are covered by BS5266-1:2016.

Testing and servicing is critical to keep your emergency lighting in good working order. Government guidelines on Fire Risk Assessments require testing and maintenance to BS 5266 code of practice. The building owner/occupier, must appoint a competent person to maintain the system.

Emergency Lighting Maintenance requirements:

  • Monthly - Check all systems and units for state of repair and apparent working order

  • Annually - Full check and test of systems and units by a competent service engineer.


The Meritas Emergency Lighting Service:

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At Meritas we can provide a comprehensive range of emergency lighting solutions to ensure legal obligations are met and everyone in your premises is kept safe.

It is recommended that any work should be carried out by a competent person in accordance with the appropriate standards.

Our fully trained engineers can help with:

  • New system designs and Installation

  • System upgrades – upgrading from high power/high energy fluorescent to LED lighting is more energy efficient. In addition, the lithium batteries used to power LED lighting is safer and less expensive to dispose of than the explosive NICAD batteries used to power fluorescent lights.

  • Maintenance and testing – with full maintenance reports and certification provided.

We can provide a full range of Emergency Lighting Services, Essex, surrounding counties and London.


Contact the experts at Meritas and see how we can help you with your security lighting requirements.