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It is a legal requirement to carry out routine tests on emergency lighting installations and to hold records of test results, maintenance and rectification work. Recommendations for the minimum test schedules to meet this relevant legislation are provided in BS5266 and EN50172.

Manual Testing

Although the test schedules are not onerous the need to inspect every emergency lighting luminaire for lamp starting, operation and duration can be very labour intensive and therefore expensive. In addition, an installation will generally require a large number of key-switches positioned so that the luminaires can be seen as each test is initiated. This increases the cost of the initial installation and can detract from the building aesthetics.

Self Test Luminaires

The benefits of utilizing self-test emergency lighting units are therefore wide ranging and the slightly higher initial cost can be justified by a very short pay-back period due to reduced labour times.

Benefits summary:

  • Simple installation - no need for keyswitches, data cable etc.
  • Due diligence - tests conducted automatically and faults indicated
  • Convenience - mandatory tests carried out with no disruption to the normal use of the building
  • Maintenance simplified - fault indicators identify luminaires requiring maintenance (saves maintenance personnel searching the building for faulty fittings)
  • Staggered tests - luminaires go into test at different times ensuring that every area is still protected in the event of a real emergency
  • Reduce wasted time - diagnostic testing avoids the need for personnel to inspect every emergency lighting luminaire during starting and at the end of duration
  • Saves money - dedicated personnel not required to initiate tests and inspect luminaires. Maintenance personnel only required to rectify faults and re-set the system

Automatic Central Testing Systems

Whether influenced by legislation, industry good practice or demands from the Insurance sector, more and more building owners / occupiers are taking steps to ensure that their emergency lighting installations are routinely tested and detailed records maintained. The associated labour costs of fully complying with the requirements of BS5266 and EN50172 have resulted in the owners of larger buildings or building complexes investing in automated centralized test systems.

The benefits of utilizing central test systems for emergency lighting applications are wide ranging and particularly for new-build projects, the slightly higher installation cost can be justified by a very short pay-back period due to reduced labour times.

Benefits summary:

  • Central control - the control and monitoring of the routine emergency lighting tests is all from one convenient location
  • Due diligence - tests conducted automatically, faults indicated locally at the luminaires and full reports available at the control panel
  • Convenience - mandatory tests carried out with no disruption to the normal useof the building
  • Maintenance simplified - the panel identifies the type and location of faulty luminaires (saves maintenance personnel searching for faulty fittings)
  • Programmed tests - luminaires go into test at specific times ensuring that every area is still protected in the event of a real emergency
  • Reduce wasted time - diagnostic testing avoids the need for personnel to inspect every emergency lighting luminaire during starting and at the end of duration
  • Saves money - dedicated personnel not required to initiate tests and inspect luminaires. Maintenance personnel only required to rectify faults and re-set the system


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