Emergency Lighting DesignWhat is emergency lighting?
Emergency lighting operates automatically when a lighting circuit loses the mains power supply. Emergency Lighting requirements are set out in the ICEL 1006 and BS EN 1838.
Emergency lighting categories (also see fig 1 below):
- That part of emergency lighting provided to enable safe exit in the event of failure of the normal supply. (This type of emergency lighting forms part of the fire protection system of a building).
- That part of emergency lighting provided to enable normal activities to continue in the event of failure of the normal mains supply. (This lighting does not provide fire protection unless it meets the same equipment, design and installation requirements as Emergency Escape Lighting systems).
Escape Route Lighting
- That part of emergency lighting provided to enable safe exit for building occupants by providing appropriate visual conditions and direction finding on escape routes and in special areas/locations, and to ensure that fire fighting and safety equipment can be readily located and used. (e.g. corridors and stairs).
Open Area (or Anti-Panic Area) Lighting
- That part of emergency escape lighting provided to reduce the likelihood of panic and to enable safe movement of occupants towards escape routes by providing appropriate visual conditions and direction finding. (e.g. large rooms).
High Risk Task Area Lighting
- That part of emergency lighting provided to ensure the safety of people involved in a potentially dangerous process or situation and to enable proper shut down procedures to be carried out for the safety of other occupants of the premises. (e.g. to protect persons from dangerous machinery).
XS Engineering can design Emergency Lighting for all types of premises in full compliance with the EMERGENCY LIGHTING CODE: ICEL 1006.