So long as it’s functioning properly, lighting in the workplace is probably not something that most people give very much consideration to – with the exception of the Litenow team of course. It’s only when the lights go out and we’re left in the dark, we realise how helpless we are without the illumination we take for granted.
Most of us will have experienced that feeling of panic when the lights go out with no warning, and we suddenly find ourselves in an alien environment. Usually, a power failure is due to a problem with the mains supply, but it can also be the result of something more serious, such as a fire. Whatever the cause, having a building plunged into darkness can be a dangerous situation, and employers have a legal responsibility for the safety of their workers and visitors in case of such an event.
Emergency lighting systems are designed to provide a temporary lighting solution when normal illumination is interrupted. While you hope you may never need it to kick in, a system requires regular checks to ensure that if and when it’s needed, it operates as it should. Litenow works on behalf of a wide range of commercial customers, undertaking emergency lighting tests on a monthly, six monthly or annual basis depending on our customers’ requirements.
Emergency lighting comes under the British Standard BS5266, and there are three main types of emergency lighting system:
Where the emergency light units are activated only in the event of a mains failure.
In this type of system, each emergency light unit is fitted with two lamps or two sets of lamps – one of these operates using the standard mains supply, while the other takes its power supply from a battery or back-up generator in the event of a mains failure. Essentially, this is a non-maintained system – but with the addition of mains lamps which should be illuminated whenever the premises are occupied.
The type of system, and the duration of illumination that it’s designed to deliver in an emergency is often expressed in abbreviated form as per the following examples:
– M3 – denotes a maintained system having an emergency lighting duration of 3 hours.
– NM2 – Denotes a non-maintained system having an emergency lighting duration of 2 hours.
– S1 – denotes a sustained system having an emergency lighting duration of 1 hour.
It goes without saying that regular system inspection and testing is vital, and a responsibility that every building manager needs to take extremely seriously, Each time a highly qualified Litenow engineer visits one of the systems we maintain, they conduct a series of rigorous checks, testing key switches, batteries, luminaries and control equipment ensuring that everything is functioning safely and efficiently. They also review the positioning of emergency lighting units to ensure optimum effectiveness.
Does your premises have an emergency lighting system? Do you have a maintenance schedule to ensure its functioning effectively? Are you needing help and advice on fitting a new emergency lighting system in your premises? Litenow are experts in the fitting, maintenance and testing of emergency lighting, so don’t get left in the dark – give us a call now to discuss your requirements!