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Whats the purpose of the emergency light? is it to light up dark areas in an event of an emergency or is it so show the way out (direction) in an event or both. Please discuss all the knowledge you may know about emergency lighting,

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markthespark

Erm i was led to believe that emergency lighting was to light up dark areas in a power failure to let people find their way out, thats why some have the running green man on the to show people the exit. Im no expert it was just an educated guess.
 
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got a bit more information about it since I posted the thread,

Emergency Escape lighting
Escape Route Lighting
Standby lighting
open area lighting
High risk area

Have to be accounted for with the design I think,
 
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EasyFox

This might be of some help

The reason for EM lighting
1, To enable a property to meet fire regulations
2, Ensures that fire fighting equipment / fire alarm & call points are easily visible in an escape route.
3, Denote all escape routes
4, provide illumination along escape routes

EM lights should be located at:
Any change in direction of an escape route
Outside all final emergency exits from building
Above firefighting eqipment
At intersections of corridoors
On stair ways to illuminate all steps
Above any non illuminating emergency exit signs
Any change of floor levels.




 
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pfc0397

it's also a requirement in the bs (e/l bs) to have an emergency light above distribtion boards
 
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wonkey donkey

it's also a requirement in the bs (e/l bs) to have an emergency light above distribtion boards
No requirement but a common sense Idea. I think there should be a socket outlet below or near every consumer unit also
 
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lukese

we deal with distric surveyors all the time at work doign fire alarms and they normally do the e light test on the same day as ours, as far as i can gather it does just seem to be escape routes that they light up mate. but thats not concreat thats just my experiacne of seeing the tests done so many times, escape routes and stairways, but obviously the stair way would be part of the escape route, as for the lighting up of fire fighting equipment, i dont think that is a regulation, but as this stuff is also sighted on an escape route normally i would guess its just coinsidence
 
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tony.towa

Emergency lighting design can be a can of worms especially when you consider that there are differences between the European specs and BS, they have actually made allowances for us:p
Hopefully, if I work things right there should be a list next of all the regulations etc which have a bearing on the subject:-

Primary UK Legislation
1. The Fire Precautions in the Workplace Act 1997 – Further guidance is available in the HSE book “Fire Safety – an employers guide”
2. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
3. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
4. Building Regulations Act 200 – Document B
5. The Cinematograph Act 1952
6. Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations Act 1996
Other legislation dealing with premises licensed or registered for public assembly or residential purposes. e.g. Licensing Act, Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act, Theatres Act, Residential Homes Act etc. the guides for which all contain a requirement for emergency lighting.

Standards and Codes of Practice
BS 5266 Pt 1 1999 code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises other than cinemas and certain other specified premises used for entertainment.
CP1007 1955 Maintained lighting for cinemas
BS EN 60598-2-22 1999 specification for luminaires for emergency lighting
BS 5499 Pt 1 1990 specification for safety signs including fire safety signs
BS 5499 Pt 2 1990 Specification for self-luminous fire safety signs
BS 5499 Pt 3 1990 Specification for internally illuminated fire safety signs

If anybody is interested I can email a seventeen page emergency lighting design guide to them:cool:
 
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wattsup

Emergency lighting is cheap, no need whatsoever to haggle. Some councils/fire departments are more strict than others but on the scope of things it does not matter, the extra cost is negligble, provide loads, keep the coucil/fire dept happy.

Always: No natural light. Change of direction, exit stairs, change of floor level, toilets, exit doors...and rule of thumb, 1 per 10/2 metre in public areas. It really is common sense, the cost is ziltch. £20 quid per fitting and that's all.

I always state, guranteed emergency lighting will be passed, thus the client has no extra concerns. (some architects don't always realise, if using fancy fittings and the 'ugly' factor comes in, that their design will be not as plan...hey, I can convert any fitting to work in emergency mode, no problem but it costs. Most times if fancy stuff is used a compromise is met...but not always. I luv fancy stuff, that is where the money is at
 
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