Our Guide to Emergency Light Testing


Emergency Light Testing may not be the most exciting thing you hear today, but as a legal obligation for business owners, it may be the most important.

This guide will help you understand how your compliance is paramount in ensuring the safety of employees and the public when on your premises.

Under the Reform of Fire Safety 2005 Order, business owners must provide adequate lighting for emergency routes and exits from a building where the public are present.

In any case of emergency, this lighting must operate for the full duration required by the Fire Reform 2005.

So how do you ensure that the emergency lighting in your building is compliant with regulations?

  • By having a scheduled Emergency Light Testing programme, carried out by a qualified trained electrician.

What is Emergency Light Testing?

An Emergency Light Test is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the system during simulated emergency conditions.

All emergency lighting should sufficiently illuminate all escape routes fire exits and illuminate any areas with potential hazards that should be avoided.

How do Emergency Lights Work?

Emergency light fittings contain internal batteries which are charged by the electrical circuit during regular operation, but once power to that particular circuit is lost the batteries come into action and act as a backup power source for emergency conditions.

These batteries should run the lighting for at least 3 hours.

An Emergency Light Test will check that the batteries will run for the appropriate length of time to comply with regulations.

When should you carry out Emergency Light Tests?

It is recommended that all emergency lighting is tested “regularly”.

  • Every month a small test should be conducted. Where the lights are momentarily tested. This type of test is commonly known or referred to as a “flick test”

  • Annual tests should be carried out by a qualified trained electrician taking an in-depth check of the overall system. This annual test will include evaluating the run time for battery systems and a visual inspection of the overall system. This type of test will last 3 hours.

Should you keep a record of Emergency Light Testing?

You may be asked to produce a record of any Emergency Light Testing, for inspection purposes or as part of a fire safety check.

We will provide you with a logbook to be kept onsite for reference which will detail monthly flick tests but will also store your certificates online for easy access and simple retrieval. Our client area includes all your uploaded documents, photos and certificates all in one digital space.

At the end of your Emergency Light Testing from AIM Engineering, you will receive a test certificate for your record, the conclusions of the tests and any recommendations for ancillary works.

We will even notify you when your next inspection is due, giving you the peace of mind that all is safely in hand.

Why do you need Emergency Light Testing?

It is a legal requirement and responsibility of a business to have fully operational emergency lighting in public places.

British Standard Guidelines recommend monthly and annual tests to ensure all emergency lighting is fully functional and compliant.

Emergency lighting is not only a legal requirement; it is a system put in place to save lives. If an emergency occurs and your emergency lighting is not fully functional and fails, you may be liable to prosecution under the Reform Fire Safety Order of 2005.

At AIM Engineering, our team have years of experience carrying out Emergency Light Testing to excellent standards and are here to help and advise you along each step of the way.

We offer Emergency Light Testing both as part of an Electrical Compliance Package or as a standalone service.