Emergency exit

Why is emergency lighting so important?

Whether you’re entering an office, retail shop, cinema, restaurant or any commercial setting, you’re bound to have noticed the very visible and obvious emergency lighting systems in place around the exits of that building. It is mandatory that you install emergency lighting in your premises according to British Standard 5266-1. This states that all hospitals, schools, offices, shops and multi-story buildings must install and maintain a minimum standard of emergency lighting systems.

Despite the apparently obvious safety benefits to emergency lighting, there was a time when emergency lighting systems didn’t exist and the risk of fire-related accidents in public and private premises was significantly higher. This raises the question, why is emergency lighting so important?

It keeps us safe

The glaringly obvious answer is that it keeps us safe. When the power in your building fails (and it isn’t unlikely as it sounds), how will the occupants find their way around safely? Emergency lighting will be running in your building 24/7, without the need for your main power source. Not only will emergency lighting illuminate the exits in case of an emergency, but they’ll also prioritise popular areas in the building that are used on route to an exit. Exit emergency lights are also useful for guiding occupants in case of an emergency. Even if lighting is still available, an exit light will help send occupants in the right direction to safety.

Saves your business money

If you have an unexpected outage in your office, work floor or shop, emergency lighting can help you and your employees to resume work in an orderly fashion whilst the source of your power is restored. In doing so, you can reduce downtime at work and effectively save yourself money on potential non-productivity during work hours.

It’s compliant

Having emergency lighting isn’t really a choice. You need it to be compliant with current British Standards of health and safety in the workplace. Unless you want governmental officials knocking on your door with a clipboard, we suggest that you install a system that complies with regulations swiftly.

What types of emergency lighting are there?

How much do you know about the different types of emergency lighting units available? Whilst they all serve the purpose, there are units that function in different ways.


This unit works just like a normal light however when the main power fails, this unit will switch to a battery-powered output and run from there until the main power is switched back on.


This unit will only turn on when the main lighting system fails due to a power outage. This unit is only powered by the main power supply for charging purposes.

Combined emergency lights

The combined units comprise of two different lights in the unit. One of those lights is powered by the normal power supply on a day-to-day basis whilst the emergency light within the unit is powered by the backup energy supply. This system can be ‘maintained’ or ‘non-maintained’ depending on the circumstances.

Do you need emergency lights installed or maintaining?

As NICEIC approved electrical contractors, you can count on Fire & Electrical to do a professional job that meets current legislative health and safety requirements. If you’re in need of emergency light installation or maintenance, do not hesitate to contact us on 01908 564301 or email us on info@fireandelectrical.co.uk