Emergency Lighting

With a wealth of experience in the area, our team here at Simat Electrical Contractors can advise on, supply and install a variety of emergency lighting systems, including escape lighting, directional lighting and LED replacements for existing emergency lights.

We can also support your business to carry out the required testing of emergency lighting systems – whether that’s on a daily, monthly or yearly basis.

What is Emergency Lighting?

You can be forgiven for not noticing emergency lighting in businesses – the glow it emits is generally quite dim when other light sources are in use, in fact, it’s often only noticed when the lights go down in a cinema.

Emergency lighting is designed to be noticed and followed when a building’s mains electricity supply fails. The nature of many modern buildings is such that natural light can often not reach corridors and internal rooms, leaving them sometimes pitch black without artificial light.

Emergency lighting isn’t designed to replace other light sources, in fact, it only emits around 10% of the light you would expect from a normal artificial light source – instead, it’s designed a to illuminate the path to the nearest emergency exit – keeping anyone using your business premises safe.

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Types of Emergency Lighting

There are a range of options when it comes to choosing and installing emergency lighting for your premises – all of which the team here at Simat have the appropriate qualification, accreditation and experience to supply and install.

We can help you choose between lighting systems that have a battery backup or have central battery power – as well as helping you choose whether a 1 or 3 hour emergency lighting system is the most appropriate for your property.

Emergency Lighting and the Law

The law stipulates that all non-domestic buildings must have emergency lighting installed and working in case of fire – and that lighting should have a minimum light level of 1 lux along standard escape routes.

As well as having the appropriate emergency lighting in place, The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 and Part 1 of the BS5266 standard require that building owners or operators regularly test and carry out any maintenance work that’s required on the lighting system.

In short, your building should have emergency lighting – and you should be able to evidence that it is appropriately maintained – without these measures in place, not only are you likely to be putting people’s safety in jeopardy – but you could be breaking the law and invalidating your insurance policies.

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Contacting Simat Regarding Emergency Lighting

If you’re not sure that your current emergency lighting is up to standard, or would like to talk to us about which is the most suitable type of emergency lighting for your premises don’t hesitate to get in touch. Whether you’re a small commercial property, a large multi-building industrial complex – or anything in between, we will be able to help.

You can contact us by calling 01204 400 696, clicking here – or emailing us directly as info@simitelectrical.co.uk – we operate throughout Bolton, Lancashire, Greater Manchester – and the wider North West.

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