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Lux’s top ten emergency lighting stories

Emergency lighting is critical. It has to be done right and in accordance with a whole stream of regulations and laws. Amid this changing and quickly altering landscape it is easy to come adrift or stray from the correct path.

We don’t what that to happen to you, which is why we organise a yearly Emergency Lighting Conference, which will take place on 28 June 2017, which will be stuffed full of a whole host of renowned speakers on timely topics that will bring you quickly up to speed.

In preparation for this event we have delved deep in to the Lux Review archives to bring you our favourite emergency lighting stories from the past year.



10) Lux Recommends: Emergency exit signs 

The installation of emergency lighting and escape lighting is essential, but the task is often not seen as being a part of a building’s lighting design. Lighting professionals will often pass the design of the emergency lighting layout on to a luminaire manufacturer.

Possibly the most visible aspect of emergency lighting is the green escape sign, so Lux’s technical editor, Alan Tulla, took a look at some popular models currently on the market and offered his two penneth on each.



9) Why do EU emergency lights last for less time than in the UK?

Our emergency lightings are better than their emergency lights? The City of London is stronger and more robust than Frankfurt? As the Brexit battles continue between we got down to brass tacks and asked a key question about the longevity of our emergency lighting in comparison to that of our European cousins.




8) Emergency lighting standard updated to be more human 

The UK only code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises (BS5266) was updated to adapt to human behaviour and the impact of new technology last year, as example of a rule change that needs to be taken note of.  

The reworded standard put the onus on designers to include sufficient emergency lighting for occupants, should the decision be made that people can stay on site during a light outage.

Adequate ‘stay put’ lighting is defined by the code as a one lux minimum in areas of a building that people will be moving through.



7) Lux two-minute explainer – Emergency Lighting Code of Practice BS5266:1 

The long-awaited revision to Emergency Lighting Code of Practice BS5266:1 2016 was issued in May and calls for a more nuanced approach to emergency lighting design were answered.

The scope of the new standard was extended beyond its traditional remit and there is now greater emphasis on who is competent to design, install and maintain emergency lighting. Lux took a deeper look.



6) Restaurant chain prosecuted over emergency lighting 

This is what can happen when you don’t pay proper attention. In June 2016 defective emergency lighting fixtures landed The Wildwood restaurant chain in court.

The Chichester branch of the restaurant was successfully prosecuted for breaching safety legislation after Fire Safety Officers found a number of infringements during an inspection. Take heed, take heed!




5) Why could this car maker revolutionise your emergency lights 

Tesla Motors, the US electric car maker, is staking its future on the efficiency of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, which may, in the process, change the way that we understand emergency lighting in our buildings. Lux took a look.





4) Half of emergency light schemes ‘won’t work’ in an incident 

The emergency lighting installations in half of our public buildings no longer meet the required lighting standards. That was the conclusion of a major survey of emergency equipment installers commissioned by fire detection manufacturer Hochiki Europe.





3) Forget emergency lighting – the future’s ‘stay put’ lights 

Conventional wisdom says that, in the event of an electrical failure in a commercial building, one of two things should happen; either people evacuate the building with the aid of an escape lighting installation or work goes on as normal because there is a stand-by electrical supply enabling everyone to continue about their business. But is this good enough?




2) Here’s a guy who wishes he’s looked after his emergency lighting 

Peter Metcalf probably regrets not making sure the emergency lighting system at the New Kimberley Hotel in Blackpool, England was up to scratch. Too late now: he’s serving an 18-month prison sentence for breaching the Fire Safety Order.




1) These 5 emergency lighting tips could keep you out of jail

Did you know you could be sent to prison if your emergency lighting doesn’t comply with the law? Experts from Lux’s Emergency Lighting Conference explain how to stay out of trouble.