Emergency Light Testing for Building Safety
You need to ensure that persons within the building can get out safely, in the event of a power outage.
The emergency light fitting must stay illuminated for a specified time before cutting out.
Why are emergency lights provided?
Emergency lighting is a safety measure that provides illumination in buildings when the main power supply is cut off. It’s especially crucial in public buildings and workplaces where people might need to evacuate quickly in the case of an emergency, such as a fire or a power failure.
These lighting systems are battery-backed, meaning they have a source of power separate from the main electrical supply. They are designed to automatically come on when the main power supply fails, ensuring that exit routes are clearly visible.
Emergency lighting generally includes exit signs and pathway lighting that guides occupants to the safest escape route. By illuminating stairwells, hallways, and exit doors, it helps to prevent panic and confusion during an evacuation, reducing the risk of accidents or injuries.
There are two main types of emergency lighting:
Emergency Escape Lighting
This is part of the overall emergency lighting and provides the illumination needed for the safety of people leaving a location or attempting to terminate a potentially dangerous process beforehand.
Emergency Standby Lighting
This type of emergency lighting enables normal activities to continue almost unaffected. Unlike emergency escape lighting, it’s not a legal requirement but may be installed in areas where it’s essential not to halt operations suddenly.
What is the legal requirement for emergency light testing?
In many cases, emergency lighting systems are subject to strict regulations and standards (including BS 5266), requiring periodic inspections and testing to ensure they function correctly when needed.
How often should emergency lighting be tested?
IES usually recommend that weekly and monthly functional tests to be carried out by the owners or tenants of the property, with a 6-month and 12-monthly test being carried out and documented by SELECT certified electricians.
Our Emergency Light Service
At Ideal Electrical Solutions (UK) Ltd, we specialise in emergency light testing in Edinburgh, providing a full range of services to businesses, homeowners, HMO properties, Airbnb properties, commercial properties, churches, and letting agents.
Our emergency light testing procedure:
Emergency Lighting Testing
Our thorough emergency light testing in Edinburgh will ensure that all your lighting components are fully operational and compliant with legal requirements. We will come out to your property depending on size and offer you a free quote for the required duration of test required, for smaller rental properties we have a fixed
Emergency Light Repairs
If any issues are discovered during the EM test, our skilled electricians can carry out the necessary repairs efficiently. At times your lights may be too old to get replacement parts, when this is the case we will issue you a quote to replace the light in question, sometimes you may be most cost effective to replace the entire system at the same time as the batteries installed will all start to become faulty around the same time.
Emergency Lighting Certificates
We provide detailed electronic emergency lighting certificates, validating the integrity of your emergency lighting system. These certificates will be issued on the same day as the works have been carried out along with a quote (if required) to bring your property up to the minimum legal standard.
Fixed Pricing & Free Quotes
At Ideal Electrical Solutions (UK) Ltd, we offer fixed prices prior to arrival and free quote services, guaranteeing transparency and no hidden fees. Give us a call on 0131 258 2750 and one of our office team can guide you through the quote process.
Our electronic booking system makes scheduling an emergency test in Edinburgh effortless, we will also add your test to our system for automatic reminders ensuring you won’t forget about your test renewal date.
Why Choose Ideal Electrical as your supplier?
Our approved electricians are fully insured and proud members of SELECT, ensuring quality and adherence to industry standards with continuous auditing and training though our governing body. We will help you ensure the safety and functionality of your emergency lighting system.
As a fully insured member of SELECT, we strive to provide solutions that cater to various property types across Edinburgh – ranging from HMOs, offices and commercial buildings all the way through to public buildings and schools.
The Importance of a Valid Emergency Lighting Test
Emergency lighting is vital for guiding occupants safely out of a building in case of a power failure or other emergencies. Regular testing ensures that:
- The lights function effectively during a power cut.
- The battery backup systems are operational.
- All exit signs and pathways are adequately illuminated.
- Compliance with regulatory standards is maintained.
The law mandates regular emergency lighting tests, depending on the system’s complexity and the nature of the premises. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to legal penalties.
Ideal Electrical Solutions (UK) can offer a full solution from having your lights tested to installing new lights which meet regulations and British Standards.
Recent emergency lighting reviews
Emergency lighting is a vital for rentals and commercial properties, see what some of our customers say about it
I asked for a quote to have communal lights fixed and the light timer to be put back into a correct sequence after power cuts left it all over the place. I received a quote very quickly and it was a very good price. The work was carried out very soon after the invoice was paid and all contact had with the company was very good. Brilliant job and brilliant customer service. I shall use this company again and recommend them to anyone who needs an electrical job done.
All was perfect. Very quick and efficient communication. We had 5 lamps that required installing and the engineer did it very well and very quickly. Very happy with everything.
I’ve used Ideal Electrical Solutions a few times and I’ve always been really happy with their work. They get the job done.
Some FAQs on emergency light testing
Have a look at what our customers frequently ask us.
The frequency of emergency light testing may vary depending on specific systems, we can give you guidance when you contact us. As a general recommendation, it is advisable to have your emergency light systems tested on a monthly basis, with an annual ‘full duration’ test.
Yes we will send you an electronic test certificate for all the works which were carried out on the date, on request we can add pictures to the certificate for future reference.
Test prices vary, for a standard rental property we would prices start from £80 and for a 3 hour drop test prices start from £190 – when contacting us we can give you an accurate cost cor your property.