The primary purpose of emergency lighting is to brighten escape paths however it also illuminates other safety equipment. Emergency escape lighting is triggered when the electrical power supply to the regular work environment lighting fails or when an automatic emergency alarm is set off. It is developed to brighten the fire escape routes so that they can be safely utilised in case of a failure of the primary lighting system.

The size and type of facilities will determine the complexity of the emergency lighting system required. Single stand-alone escape lighting systems might suffice in small properties, and they can sometimes be integrated with exit or directional indications.

In larger more complex facilities a more comprehensive system of fixed automated escape lighting is likely to be needed. This will be particularly real in properties with large basements or where significant numbers of staff or members of the general public.


  • Each exit door
  • Escape routes
  • Intersections of corridors
  • Outdoors each last exit and on external escape routes
  • Emergency escape signs
  • Modifications in flooring levels
  • Fire fighting devices
  • Emergency alarm call points
  • Devices that would need to be closed down in case of an emergency


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It is not essential to offer specific lights for each product above, but they should suffice general light to enable them to be visible.

Emergency escape lighting can be both maintained, eg on all the time, or non-maintained, eg operates when the normal lighting fails. Systems or specific lighting systems (luminaries) are developed to work for periods of between one and three hours. In practice, the three-hour style is the most popular and can aid with keeping limited continued use of the facilities throughout a power failure.

If a decision is made to set up emergency escape lighting, or modify an existing system, any work should be performed with the appropriate requirements.

All emergency escape lighting systems need to be regularly checked and properly maintained. Most systems will need to be manually checked however some contemporary systems have self-testing facilities that minimise routine checks to a minimum.


By acting as an agent,  Fire Systems will relieve the property owner of the tasks of dealing with all the contractors required to maintain the building.

Fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance. Protection from fire starts with making sure your fire extinguishers are ready to go.

Functioning lights leading to safe evacuation don’t happen by accident. It takes the know-how and care that Fire Systems specialises in.

Through hands-on training with fire simulations in a safe learning environment, our professional instructors will educate your staff.

Detecting a fire early can mean the difference between losing everything and keeping loss and damage to a minimum. We can help with trial evacuations too.

Automatic sprinklers are widely regarded as the most effective method of controlling fires caused by a broad range of hazards.