Guide to Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is lighting that works during a power cut, normally using a battery for up to 3 hours of standby power. Emergency lights might be anything from green signage lights to everyday fittings that blend into standard lighting schemes.

Escape & Standby

Emergency lighting falls into one of two categories: escape lighting or standby lighting.
Standby lighting allows work to continue during a power loss, but is not a legal requirement.
Escape lighting is far more critical and subdivided into three categories:

  • Escape route lighting identifies and lights exit routes and enables safe evacuation of a building.
  • Open area (anti-panic) lighting is intended to avoid panic in large spaces (above 60m²) where occupants are likely to gather.
  • High risk task area lighting enables hazardous processes to be closed down so that operators or occupants are not put at needless/further risk.

Emergency lights and their roles are defined by British Standard 5266-1, which is a code of practice for emergency lighting. Up-to-date advice on how to conform to this standard is available for download (PDF) from the ICEL website.

Maintained & Non-Maintained

Emergency lights generally come in maintained or non-maintained forms:

    • A maintained emergency light functions as a regular fitting but stays switched on during a power cut.
    • A non-maintained light is kept switched off and only triggers when the mains supply is lost.

Maintained lights are required in premises where visitors may be unfamiliar with their surroundings (e.g. cinemas, nightclubs, public buildings), while non-maintained lights are used more in private workplaces.

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The Self-Builder’s introduction to lighting

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Lighting can make or break a home’s interior, and should therefore be a key consideration in the early stages of any self-build or renovation project. We’ve highlighted below our top lighting tips that every self-builder should consider before embarking on their build journey.

Plan your lighting scheme room-by-room

When designing the lighting for your home, we recommend that you take into account the unique requirements of each room, rather than simply taking a blanket approach. For example, modern kitchens are seldom used for just cooking – they are also spaces to study, relax, and entertain – and therefore require flexible lighting solutions to suit every scenario. Whilst colour changing-bulbs may be the perfect accompaniment to a summer party, they won’t be at all useful when it comes to doing homework or preparing food; for specific activities such as these, fit-for-purpose task lighting should be installed.

Take control of your lighting

Having full control over the lighting in your home is almost as important as the physical fittings you choose to install. Using dimmer switches throughout your home will allow you to change the ambience in any room to fit the time of day or the occasion. Additionally, layering light is great way to have full control over the lighting in each room throughout your home – for example, incorporating several table and floor lamps into your living room will help you to create the perfect relaxation space for the evenings.

LED Lighting

When building your own property, keeping costs down and staying on budget is absolutely critical. It is therefore important to utilise materials and fittings that not only save in the short-term, but also deliver in the long-term. When it comes to lighting it can be tempting to opt for fittings and bulbs with low upfront costs, but this can end up costing more over time, as bulbs will need replacing more frequently, and require more energy to run. LED lighting is the most efficient form of lighting available, as it uses up to 90% less energy when compared with traditional incandescent bulbs, and 60% less when compared to fluorescents. Additionally, LED bulbs also have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, far greater than traditional bulbs, which means they rarely need changing. Whilst the initial outlay can be slightly higher, LED is by far the most cost effective long-term solution.

Natural Lighting

Natural daylight should be maximised wherever possible, as this will help to make rooms feel larger, and minimise the need for artificial lighting throughout the day (which again will help keep running costs low). Where possible, main living areas and kitchens should be south-facing to allow as much natural light into the rooms; conversely, north-facing rooms will typically receive less direct sunlight, making them better suited to becoming bedrooms, which require less light.

When planning a self-build or renovation project, lighting should be a top priority. Lighting plays an important role in not only the illumination of your property, but also on the style of your interior. If you still have questions around the best ways to design the lighting throughout your property then get in touch with one of our experts today.

Choosing Dusk to Dawn Lighting

Dusk To Dawn Lighting

As the name suggests, dusk to dawn lighting is a form of lighting that operates from sunset to sunrise – a built-in photocell automatically switches them on when darkness falls, and off again at when light is detected. Dusk to dawn lights are a great way of improving the security of a property, whilst simultaneously minimising energy consumption, whilst also removing the burden of having to manually switch them on and off every morning and evening.

Getting the right lighting for the job

When choosing dusk to dawn lighting it is crucial to ensure that you select the right solution for the task at hand, but that isn’t to say that they can’t look the part too. Dusk to dawn lights are available in a wide range of styles, with something to suit every exterior. The ASD Half Lantern is a great choice for subtly illuminating doorways or exterior walls, and, due to its traditional design, works particularly well with period properties. Dusk to dawn floodlights and spotlights on the other hand, provide more high-powered, functional solutions, which are better for illuminating large spaces such as gardens, driveways, or the exterior of a commercial premises.

Improve your security with dusk to dawn lighting

As well as creating the illusion that a property is occupied at all times, some dusk to dawn lights also come with built in PIR sensors, which act as an extremely effective burglar deterrent, due to the fact that they are able to detect movement from up to 10 meters away and have a detection range of 180 degrees. Used alongside one another, wall lights and spotlights can significantly improve security, and provide peace of mind for the property owner, even when they’re elsewhere.

Greater energy efficiency

Dusk to dawn lights not only come in a wide range of styles and perform a variety of practical functions, most are now equipped with LED technology, making them an extremely cost effective and environmentally friendly option. Additionally, as dusk to dawn lights only turn on when triggered, there’s no risk of leaving them on accidentally and wasting electricity unnecessarily. The vast majority of dusk to dawn lights come with an override switch that allows for manual operation which, for those who like full control over their lighting, is the best of both worlds.

Dusk to dawn lights provide an array of benefits to homeowners and owners of commercial premises alike. To discuss the best lighting options for your property or premises, speak to our experts today.