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Emergency lighting

Emergency lighting is for an emergency situation when the main power supply fails. The loss of mains electricity could be the result of a fire or a power cut and the normal lighting supplies fail. This may lead to sudden darkness and a possible danger to the occupants, either through physical danger or panic.

Types of Lighting

Non–maintained – The emergency light units only illuminate in the event of a mains failure.

Maintained – The emergency light units are illuminated at all times using the same lamps for both normal and emergency operation.

Sustained – The emergency light units are fitted with two lamps or two sets of lamps. One of which operates on mains 240V AC supply, the other which operates from the battery supply in the event of mains failure. It is basically a non-maintained system with the addition of mains lamps which should be illuminated whenever the premises are occupied.

General Position of Emergency Lighting

There is legislation, guides, British and European standards that require emergency lighting to be installed and the ares it should cover. An emergency escape lighting system should normally cover the following areas;





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