What is Emergency Lighting?

Emergency led lighting from Fern Howard

Legislation requires all occupied buildings to have adequate escape lighting to allow safe exit should mains power fail. Escape and exit routes in the UK must be lit to a minimum of one lux during an emergency. Don’t worries. Fern Howard has got your back!

Emergency luminaires have integral back-up batteries, – continuously charged during normal operation. They power the luminaire for at least 3 hours should power fail. Emergency light output is approx. 10% of normal levels.
Every emergency luminaire must have a green LED indicator to show it is charged and functional.

The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 & BS5266 part 1 – require building owners to test emergency lighting systems regularly and maintain them in proper working order. 

Fern Howard's Maintained and Non-Maintained Luminaires

Maintained Luminaires

Maintained luminaires operate as normal light fittings during everyday operation and can be controlled with all other luminaires in the area. When power fails they automatically switch to battery backup.

Non-maintained Luminaires

Non-maintained luminaires remain off during everyday operation, only illuminating when mains power fails.
Fern-Howard luminaires can operate both as maintained or non-maintained fittings

What is Self-Test? (also commonly known as AutoTest)

Self-Test is an intelligent emergency module that carries out routine functional and duration testing in-time with the relevant standards. By eliminating the need for manual testing and automatically signalling faults that require action, Self-Test is highly cost effective.

Light Level Requirements

BS 5266 calls for a minimum light level of 1 lux along escape routes for normal risks. Emergency luminaires should be spaced to provide at least this illumination in the event of a power failure.