Emergency Light Testing

What emergency light testing?


Emergency lights must comply with BS 5266:2005 on emergency light testing. In the event of a mains power cut, emergency lights stay switched on using an alternative power supply. Emergency lighting is there to prevent panic, provide lighting and show a clear exit during a power cut.

Why you need testing?


As part of Health & safety requirements and legislation all commercial and public premises are required to have emergency lighting installed which should comply with the regulations set by BS5266:2005. Emergency lighting is required to ensure a building meets the requirements for fire safety legislation, showing a clear exit in the event of a fire and power cut for personnel inside the building.  

Frequency of testing?


Emergency lights must be maintained in full working order which is achieved through regular testing. Legislation demands that emergency lights are tested and maintained so they can be expected to function effectively in an emergency.

How do we test emergency lighting?

Emergency lighting needs to checked regularly to ensure proper working condition. Lighting systems need automatically operate between 1 and 3 hours on a backup battery supply. To ensure these work correctly, in most cases, you will need you main power supply turned off, to recreate a mains power failure. Included in our testing are the batteries,luminaries, switches and control equipment. Our tests cover all requirements as stipulated by BS 5266:2005 including its full rated duration.

Annually – 3 hour test of the emergency lighting.
Logged and recorded the test results in a log book.

6 Month Test – 1 hour test of the emergency lighting.
Logged and recorded in the test log book.

Monthly – 15 minute flick test
Carried out to ensure fittings activate in “test mode”
Logged and recorded in a log book.


1st Floor Cavell House
Stannard Place,
St. Crispins Road,


01603 821035