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Our Services - Emergency Lighting

Manchester Electrical Contractors design and install emergency lighting to BS 5266-1:2005 (the emergency lighting code of practice for emergency lights in premises). We also offer contracts for the testing and advice to help you conform to the responsibilities for the emergency lights.

Emergency lighting is essential for the safety of building occupants. It is vital that the lighting comes on if the normal lighting fails. It needs to be sufficiently bright, illuminated for a sufficient length of time and the light sources so positioned, that the building occupants can be evacuated safely in an emergency.

Routine Testing should be carried out by trained staff and a competent person:

  • Daily - visual check to ensure that emergency lighting systems are operating correctly and that indicators are working. This will be carried out by the 'responsible person' delegated to the task by the organisation/business. Any faults should be logged and corrected asap.
  • Monthly - Check all luminaires for signs of damage or disrepair. Briefly test all emergency lights to ensure that they operate in the event of mains electricity supply failure. This will usually be carried out by the 'responsible person'. Any faults should be logged and corrected asap.
  • Annually - A full system inspection and duration test of the emergency lights should be performed by a 'competent person' , this being a person with the necessary skills, training and knowledge to perform emergency lighting maintenance and servicing. Compliance with BS5266 should be considered and produced in the emergency lighting certification report. Any faults should be rectified. Essential Electrical engineers are qualified and experienced in the routine inspection and testing of emergency lighting systems.

If you would like to discuss the design and installation of a new emergency lighting system, or the enhancement or maintenance of your existing system please contact us.


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