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Emergency Lighting Systems


Emergency Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any building no matter the size or nature of the business. It is a life safety system and must, by law, be maintained and tested on a regular basis as stated by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). The Code of Practice for Emergency Lighting IS3217.

‘There must be a clear indication and safe level of illumination of escape routes in the event of failure of normal power’ ‘In addition to the moral duty placed on the occupiers of buildings and employers, there are specific statutory duties, which require adequate signage and emergency lighting in buildings. Life safety systems in buildings and industrial plants are essential to the maintenance of a safe place of work and emergency lighting, which is one of the key systems, must be maintained to the highest levels’ The purpose of emergency lighting is to provide light in the event of a mains or local power supply failure.

The emergency lighting design must take into account the following:

Stage 1 – System Design
Stage 2 – System Installation
Stage 3 – System Commissioning
Stage 4 – System Handover

  • Necessary escape route signage
  • Stairs so that each flight receives the correct LUX Level required
  • Changes in floor level
  • Changes in escape route direction
  • Corridor intersections
  • First aid posts
  • Fire alarm call points or pieces of fire-fighting equipment
  • Outside the final exit door and to a place of safety
  • Moving stairways and walkways
  • Toilet facilities exceeding 8m² or any multiple closet facility without borrowed light
  • Toilet facilities for disabled use
  • Motor generator, control, and plant rooms
  • All other areas as deemed by the Risk Assessment
  • Manual release controls for electronically locked doors
  • Escape equipment for disabled people

All Public Buildings and Businesses’ must label all emergency lights for which they must have a corresponding log book and drawings. This information is crucial and must be available to the fire officer when applying for or renewing a license. If this is the case for your business we can label and produce cross-reference drawings and log books for your entire emergency lighting system. This procedure will speed up the process of future maintenance and in doing so save time and money.

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