European Standards – Emergency Lighting
Emergency lighting is now covered by a series of interdependent standards that can be seen as forming a hierarchy as shown below.
Base guidance document
BS 5266-1: 2011 Code of practice for emergency lighting of premises. Gives general rules and guidance on the provision and operation of emergency lighting in most
premises other than dwelling houses.
BS EN 1838:1999 / BS 5266-7:1999 Lighting applications – emergency lighting. Specifies the illumination to be provided by emergency lighting (including luminance,
duration and colour).
BS EN 50172:2004 / BS 5266-8:2004 Emergency escape lighting systems. Specifies the minimum provision and testing of emergency lighting for different
BS EN 60598-1: 2008 Luminaires. General requirements and tests. See the 60598 series for particular requirements.
BS EN 62034:2006 Automatic test systems for battery powered emergency escape lighting. Specifies a test system for battery powered emergency
BS EN 50171:2001 Central power supply systems. Specifies central power supply systems for emergency lighting luminaries.
Visit your local reference library or purchase copies of the requisite standards from BSI online; insert the BS number to see which titles are current. The links
may not be inclusive but will give an indication of the guidance available.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order
The HM Government entry level guides to the RRFSO for different types of non-domestic premises and the communal areas in HMOs each have a section entitled “Further guidance on
emergency escape lighting”, which provide additional relevant information. The guides can be accessed via this link: Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order guides.