Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting Installation & Certification, Maintenance, Testing & Inspection

C Gascoigne Ltd has the experience and abilty to offer emergency lighting installation, from design through to on going emergency lighting maintenance.

We also offer our maintenance service along with testing and inspection for any emergency lighting already installed to ensure that it maintains in working order.

Do I need emergency lighting?

A risk assessment should always be completed taking the following into consideration, before deciding if you do or not.

“Under the Management for Health and Safety at Work Regulations, every employer is required to carry out a risk assessment to identify the risks to people who enter the employer’s premises; the employer is required to take measurers on the basis of the risk assessment to safeguard building occupants. These measures need to include the provision of safe means of escape, including, where necessary, emergency lighting, taking into account the needs of people with disabilities, in particular people with visual impairment.” (From BS 5266-1 Code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises).

Using the “BS5266-1 Code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises” as a guide, we can identify the type of building usage which might attract the requirement for an emergency lighting system, its required duration and some basic design considerations. These are listed below.

Some areas within a building requiring consideration for emergency lighting

  • Emergency exits
  • Change of direction on escape route
  • Fire alarm call points
  • Change of floor level on escape route
  • First Aid Rooms
  • Any potential hazard on escape route
  • Fire fighting equipment including fire blankets, extinguishers and hose reels High risk areas and machinery which would continue in the event of a power loss, i.e. rotating saw blades
  • The route to a place of safety

How long does an emergency light need to stay on?

A minimum duration of 1 hour is normally required; longer duration times may be applied if the building is complex or where lighting is needed to carry out a search of the premises to make sure no-one is left behind or to allow reoccupation of the premises in order to get people off the street and into a place of safety.

Area / Usage Duration

  • Premises used as sleeping accommodation
    • 3 Hours
  • Non residential premises used for treatment or care
    • Usually 1 hour
  • Non residential premises used for recreation – such as theatres, cinemas, concert halls, exhibition halls, sports halls, public houses and restaurants
    • 3 Hours
  • Non residential premises used for teaching, training and research, and offices – including such premises as schools, colleges, technical institutes and laboratories.
    • Normally 1 hour
  • Non residential public premises – such as town halls, libraries, shops, shopping malls, art galleries and museums
    • 1 hour
  • Industrial premises used for manufacturing, processing or storage of products – such as factories, workshops, warehouses and similar establishments
    • 1 hour
  • For buildings in excess of 10 storeys
    • 3 hours


Duration: the continual length of time that the area should be light

Emergency lighting: lighting provided for use when the supply to the normal lighting fails

Escape route: route designated for escape to a place of safety in the event of an emergency

Emergency exit: way out that is used during an emergency

Final exit: termination point of an escape route

The above information is designed to give an insight into the outline requirements for emergency lighting in the UK and is not meant as a definitive design guide.

For more detailed information reference should be made to the relevant British Standards.

As installation & maintenance NICEIC electricians in Loughborough we are able to provide our emergency lighting installation and maintenance services in Loughborough and easily to Shepshed, Coalville, Hathern, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Coalville, Melton Mowbray, Hinckley and beyond.