Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting and Illuminated Signposting of escape routes are required to ensure that facilities and exit routes can be safely and quickly used by people who must evacuate a hotel, guesthouse, factory, school or office in an emergency. Emergency Lighting should be provided:

  • In all stairways, corridors and other parts of escape routes including external elements.
  • In all areas of public assembly such as restaurants, dining rooms, function halls, bars and lounges.

Emergency Lighting should be sufficient in intensity and duration to provide illumination to facilitate the evacuation of the building in an emergency should all or some critical lighting circuits fail.

Emergency Exit

How it works 


Emergency Lighting is normally supplied from one of three sources:

  • Self-contained Luminaries.
  • Central Battery System.
  • Central Generator System.


A reliable emergency lighting system is a basic requirement to facilitate safe and speedy use of escape routes in the event of an emergency during periods of darkness. The reliability of the system is dependant on it being designed, installed, commissioned and maintained in accordance with all recommended standards. All new emergency lighting systems should comply with I.S. 3217:2008 code of practice for emergency lighting. Existing systems should be approved against this standard for adequacy, irrespective of standard in use at the time of their installation. Defection on inadequate installation should be repaired/upgraded to the new standard.