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  1. M

    Small central UPS for converting circuit to emergency lighting

    I am looking for a product to convert an existing lighting circuit in a communal stairwell to be emergency battery backed up. There are 6x 7W LED mains fittings, so say a max 50W load. I could just add emergency lighting fittings, but wiring and access is difficult. It also needs to have a...
  2. Midwest

    Emergency Lighting Circuits

    Having been at present place of work, for just overs a year now,just started to feel comfortable with the place. It’s predominantly a care home, and has all the normal infrastructure in place. I've never down much work with emergency lighting, other than installing it. Can anyone explain the...
  3. N

    Emergency light wiring

    I’m replacing emergency light fittings which have three terminals L-N-E, with new fittings which have four terminals (permanent live, switch live, neutral and earth). I only have a switch live going to these lights which is from distribution board to light switch then to these lights. Will these...
  4. FatAlan

    Professionals Immediately & Emergency Services & Home 24HR Ltd

    Just had an unsolicited call from this company trying to sign up electricians for emergency call outs. Got bored listening to the girl reading out from a crib sheet but suspect it’s another one of the many companies out there want to take a major cut of your hard earned wedge for taking a few...
  5. D

    Emergency key switch/contactor panel

    Hi, I need help wiring my electrical key switch and contactor panel. I’ve wired my lighting circuits back to my fuse board but left brown/black out and taken them straight to key switch. Taken brown from breaker also to feed the key switch. What are my connections at key switch? Also what do I...
  6. littlespark

    Standard set up for emergency lighting

    Been a while since I installed emergency lights as new. Bit rusty. Now I’ve got a few rooms to wire in a building that are going to be rented out commercially. I’m upgrading the db, to allow for expansion when other rooms start being worked on. The customer just verbally told me what he...
  7. S

    Segregation of emergency lighting cables?

    Hi I have installed a lighting circuit which has emergency with (integral battery packs) and non emergency lights on the same circuit (from the same MCB). The are wired in PVC twin and earth cable. The British standard for emergency lighting states the following, IEE Guidance Note 4 refers...
  8. S

    UK Wiring emergency lights

    Hi Guys, how would you wire three gang two way switch for emergency lights so you have 3 feeds coming to the switch aswell as 3, 3 core and earth going to the light aswell as 3, 3 core and earth being strappers to the others 3 gang two way switch new to electrics so help would be appreciated cheers
  9. D

    Emergency Lighting contactor switch over

    Hi Everyone. Working on a self contained emergency lighting system. There are 70 emergency lights over 3 floors. The emergencies are wired on a separate circuit from the local lights but fed from the same DB. I require the supply for the self contained (batt back up) lights to disconnect...
  10. the pict

    T8 to LED & emergency

    Bit of advice I have converted T8 etc florries to LED in the past no probs, but will there be an issue with a fitting with an emer pack, I ordered the ballast type in error from TLC, so need to get clever as I want a trial run on site to see if LED will work out in a hotel kitchen
  11. rolyberkin

    2D led replacement for bulkhead with emergency option

    Probably a silly question but is there a plug in option for 4 pin 2D emergency/maintained bulkhead using the existing control gear and batteries, if I plug in a 2d 4 pin LED bulb what will happen??:)
  12. C

    Hospital Emergency Power System

    Anyone have a one line diagram of a typical UK or EU hospital? How are the emergency branches divided per code? How many ATSs? What is typical?
  13. B

    Emergency lights or standard

    emergency lights not coming on when breaker is switched off, are these wired just for use as normal lights rather than emergency??? Sorry not done much emergency lights before
  14. C

    emergency lighting layout drawings

    Is there any software that will enable a rough drawing of a building layout which can combine photo metric data? Possibly a free software from a lighting manufacturer?
  15. P

    Annual emergency light test

    I replaced the emergency lights in a small block of flats about 6 months ago, but the last time I did a 3 hour emergency light test was a year ago. Common sense says that I don't need to test the new emergency lights until they are a year old, but any clarification appreciated?
  16. M

    Emergency Lighting query

    It's been a while since I tested emergency lights and I just wanted to clarify something. If the lights not working and the green LED light is off, is this an inverter and if the LED light is off and the lights still not working is this a dead battery?
  17. Paul Williamson

    Emergency Lighting Mains Indication Light

    Good morning all, I have a question about emergency lighting and the requirement of an indicator light stating that it is on mains power and charging. The centre that I work at has been refurbed and new LED type emergency lights installed at very high level, I don't know what MCB's control them...
  18. S

    Emergency Lights On Seperate DB

    Hi guys came across something I've not seen before and has me puzzled. I've tested quite a few emergency lighting systems over the years but I'm working in a older church with the emergency lighting supplied from a individual consumer unit wired in Pyro. The rest of the Installation is split...
  19. I

    Emergency light & fire alarm testing

    Hi all, I occasionally being asked to do fire alarm testing and emergency lighting testing. I work mainly on domestic installs but wondering what sort of qualification/competency you must have in order to carry those tasks. And is it any specific schemes like NIC/NAPIT does have to be involved...
  20. C

    Emergency Lighting - Understanding

    Kindly refer the attached Image. There are 2 Places at which I can give reference signals for Emergency lighting. 1. At MXC 2. At LTC (Unswitched & Switched) What is the difference between the above two? why there is a need to provide input at two different locations?
  21. Rockingit

    Hospital 'emergency' Zs when on back-up generator

    Hi all, been a while - hello! A question for the collective brain - I'm about to do a series of inspections on an ANIMAL hospital. This in itself has always vexed me as to how to apply the special location medical rules as 1) a critical life-threatening operation is the same whether it's...
  22. B

    Trainee Emergency lighting for a beginner

    could someone please post a diagram for a 2-way keyswitch operated emergency lighting circuit. Circuit includes one emergency light and 3 normal lights Thanks in advance
  23. tuckermot

    Commercial New maintenance man emergency lighting

    Hi as part of my job I have started doing minor maintenance in our warehouse and office block .I have a light out in the office which is a ceiling light that sits in the suspended ceiling .It operates as a normal light and when power is turned of for that lighting circuit the light also has a...
  24. R

    Emergency power cut switch

    We have a battery operated device that needs to operate when there is a power cut, in effect like an emergency light fitting would. Can any one help with a switch that will be triggered when power to the property is lost so that the battery operated device will run the frost protection device...
  25. B

    Emergency light wiring

    First year apprentice here, want to put a non maintained emergency light in where the consumer unit is going onto the lighting circuit for the new kitchen we’re doing with a switch too, would I do this by coming from breaker to emergency light fitting as this is the closest with L-N-E then out...
  26. J

    Emergency lights typical circuit

    HI Just joined I am looking for diagrams of a typical emergency light circuit
  27. D

    Emergency light won't switch off - correctly wired new lights.

    Hi, here's a good one - replaced 15 E-lights recently, (tube type replaced with Newlec led type), and noticed one of the old outside Thorn 2D E-lights was on when driving past a few days later. The Thorn lights are all up to spec and function as they should. Went to investigate and it seems that...
  28. happyhippydad

    Which putty for emergency fix of water pipe?

    Evening all, As you can see from the title I have not had a good day. For the second time in my 6 year career I made a small nick in a water pipe whilst taking up the floorboards (using multitool). i thought i was prepared from the last time as I bought some clamps. However, they could not fit...
  29. OttoF

    Emergency Bulkhead Operation?

    Today I've been working with an old emergency bulkhead with 26W 2D 4 pin, and 6W florescent tube. When I replaced the 2D bulb, only a faint light could be seen coming from it. I assumed because there had been some physical damage to the fitting, that a component inside was bad. As I went to...
  30. D

    Is this NICIEC extractor fan installation safe?

    Hi, Quick Q from a newbie. I had a NICIEC registered electrician install an isolation switch and extractor fan in my downstairs bathroom. I’m now replacing one of the down lights and found what is a surprising mess of wires in the false ceiling, all joined together with a terminal block (centre...
  31. W

    Emergency! Help needed - 3-phase meter install

    Hello, I'm hoping someone can help with a bit of an urgent situation I'm in! I've just opened a new bar/restaurant after a lengthy refurb. Previously, the venue ran of a single-phase meter. The refurbishments have been extensive and with all the equipment we've installed (ventilation, air...
  32. Micah Margolis

    Emergency Stop Button for a 3 Phase 3HP Motor Help.

    Hi All, Long story short, I am building a plastic shredder with a 3 phase 3 HP motor. I am using this switch to control forward and backwards: https://goo.gl/k8zSxA (amazon). I need a switch or button that can cut power to the device. It does not need to stop immediately. I am not using a...
  33. N

    Emergency spots, connection advice

    Hi all, A client has kindly changed their mind on the emergency light they are using. They want to me to install these https://www.channelsafety.co.uk/emergency-lighting/all-led-downlight-products/glade-1w-led-downlight/ I’ve used these quite a lot and I’m most casss they are a good job, I...
  34. S

    Design of emergency lighting circuit

    hi all, Can anyone provide a worked example of rating a breaker for a circuit. For example In an industrial environment, we have our own HV supply and each substation on site has its own earth rod. I assume this falls in to a TT system. if I wired (14) 8watt lights in parallel back to a...
  35. S

    Testing emergency lighting

    Hey all I am a 17th edition sparky... but currently not actually doing much electrical work. I work with a CCTV company that basically do as they please when it comes to regs, doing a job properly etc. They have asked me to go test all the emergency lighting in a public building, and I...
  36. Jay Hog

    Electricians available for work NOW in South East - Same day appointments available

    Hi, We are an experienced electrical contractors covering the South East of England, in particular a radius of 80 miles from Luton. Domestic or Commercial, small or large jobs, emergency callouts and same day appointments. please get in touch with us on 03333 700 120. Expert Electricians, NIC...
  37. T

    Are emergency lights required in this situation???

    Attending a job the other day in a shop. The shop is 20m long and 10m wide. There is an office/store/kitchen at the back leading to a communal store and passageway for four shops. Each unit locks its own door to this communal area. The fire officer has told the owner there is no need for any...
  38. N

    Short Circuit When Emergency Lights Are Connected

    I've come across a fault at work. Fuse keeps blowing when they put it in. I haven't tested for a while, and so am pretty sure I'm missing some basic steps with the fault finding process. Small room. 1 emergency fluorescent light fitting, 1 bulkhead emergency fitting. Fluorescent is plugged into...
  39. 8

    Emergency Light Rules/Regs?

    Evening all. Been a while since I made a post on here. Question: What is the title regulations/Acop that cover emergency lighting? - Concerning: Selection, erection, lux levels, where one is deemed needed etc. And are such regs readily available to view online in pdf, or is a specific...
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