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Routine Emergency Lighting Testing and Maintenance.


Maintenance is integral to any competent commercial safety system. In turn, emergency lighting is a fundamental part of any  modern commercial safety plans and as such, must be regularly checked to ensure full functionality and legal/manufacturer compliance.

The following test procedures are designed to continually optimise any premises’ safety lighting system. Tests of this kind must be carried out on a regular basis and details of each test preserved in an on-site log. This schedule is in accordance with BS EN 50172:2004 / BS5266-8:2004, 7.2.3 and BS 5266-8:2004, 7. 2. 4. All documents should be filled in on a test record BS 5266-1:2005.


  • Visually check that all lamps and bulbs are operating at full capacity and that all system healthy indicators on Central Power Supply Systems are illuminated.
  • Check that any system fault recorded is given urgent attention as required and record all corrective actions in the corresponding log book.


  • Check all luminaires and related emergency lighting equipment is in working condition, all lamps and light controllers are clean, undamaged and not blackened.
  • Briefly test all emergency lighting equipment by simulating a failure of the normal lighting supply. Check that all equipment functions correctly.
  • Check that once the mains supply is restored, all supply healthy indicators are once again illuminated.


  • A full system test should be conducted by a competent service engineer which includes a full-rated duration test of the system as whole.
  • Compliance check of system with the modern requirements of BS EN and BS standards to be analysed and logged.