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Clark Rosales December 17, 2019

Where is Emergency Lighting Required

Where is emergency lighting required?

  1. Exit Routes
  2. Closed Rooms
  3. Directional Changes
  4. Uneven Flooring
  5. Escalators
  6. Elevators
  7. Generators
  8. Allowances


Every building should have its own emergency lighting system to light up areas should the electrical supply be interrupted or if there’s a fire hazard. The performance of your lighting system can severely impact the safety of your building. It requires strict compliance when designing and installing it in your building. If these systems are not properly installed or if there are violated codes, occupying your building can be delayed. Having a clear understanding of where to install these systems can make building management easier.

Emergency lighting ensures that light is provided automatically during emergencies during evacuations or similar situations. Power for emergency lighting is derived from the batteries mounted in the device or a central battery from emergency fittings. As a building manager, it’s important to follow fire safety guidelines. This goes beyond your sprinklers and alarms. You need to install emergency lighting as well. Here’s where you need to install them.


Exit Routes

Green fire escape sign hang on the ceiling in the office.

All exit routes in your building must be illuminated. This is for the benefit of your occupants with normal vision. It allows them to see a clear path should the ordinary lights shut off. Place your emergency lights in areas such as hallways, corridors, and stairwells. Keeping these areas well-illuminated will guide people to safety. These backup lights can also serve as an early warning sign for anyone who isn’t aware of the current situation. Combined with your fire protection system, you can ensure the safety and integrity of your building and employees.


Closed Rooms

Closed rooms also need emergency lighting. If you have rooms larger than a broom closet, with no windows present, it’s best to be safe and follow the rules. Add emergency lighting to these areas. Internal rooms, storage areas, and bathrooms usually don’t have windows. Emergency lighting can help out during emergencies so don’t skip out on these important areas.


Directional Changes

Dark long hallway

Directional changes, especially abrupt ones can cause accidents in hallways. If you have corridors that sharply change directions, it’s optimal to install emergency lighting to illuminate these places. It can be hard to see around corners and emergency lighting will help building occupants see where they’re going.


Uneven Flooring

Uneven flooring can cause accidents when moving towards escape routes. To make sure that it’s safe, emergency lighting is always welcome to prevent danger. Uneven flooring can be ramps, sloped floors, and single steps. This can prevent any mishaps due to missing a step or slipping. If you have high-traffic areas with uneven flooring, properly angle and install an emergency light there.



Escalator stairs in

Escalators are not part of the escape route. During emergencies, escalators are hazardous and can cause a lot of accidents. Most experts would recommend using the stairs at all times. However, there’s still a need to illuminate these areas. These hazardous areas can be avoided with a properly installed emergency lighting unit.



Like escalators, elevators are not a valid escape route. However, some may be using the escalator during the emergency. They might not be aware of what’s happening if not properly informed. Should they get out of the elevator, emergency lighting can illuminate the way to safety as well as notify them of an emergency alongside any alarms.



Two colleagues at a factory

Workers that are operating below ground where natural light is hard to find are much more prone to danger and accidents. Generators and other high-risk areas are prone. To help prevent any problems and accidents, sufficient lighting during an emergency can reduce the risk of accidents exponentially.

Installation of these emergency lights is quite easy but you will need to install them in the right angles and spacing. This prevents any excessively bright areas while also properly illuminating any dark spots. Uneven lighting can leave the area and whoever is within the vicinity vulnerable. Remember that your goal for emergency lighting is visibility during emergencies. An expert can help you will installation so be sure to ask for their assistance.



Allowances can be done if there are areas in your building with adequate natural lighting. Large windows create enough natural light that you may skip out on installing emergency lighting in these areas. Make sure to properly assess the area first and see if there are any potential blind spots. Even with large windows, a significant blind spot can put your employees in danger. When in doubt, it’s much safer to install emergency lighting using the right angle for added protection.


Key Takeaway

Before even occupying your establishment, you need to make sure that you’re following all safety codes. This includes the proper installation of your emergency lighting system. These systems will help keep your building and people safe during emergencies. Glossing over these important aspects of your building management will delay operations. Be vigilant and be an effective building manager by properly maintaining and installing emergency lights and fire safety systems.