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Can You Design Emergency Lighting Systems For Specific Building Layouts?

No two buildings are the same. Even where they have a similar layout, they may be used for different purposes and this can have a direct impact on the most suitable types of emergency lighting.

 

An emergency lighting system is a legal requirement in the UK for all commercial and business buildings. If you haven’t yet got one installed, this is something you need to start thinking about today.

 

But let’s imagine that you have very specific needs in terms of the layout of your building. A lot of people want to know if electrical installers can cater to these needs and come up with a bespoke emergency lighting system.

 

The good news is that this is perfectly possible. We’d never recommend a solution that works across the board because, as I said, no two buildings are the same.

 

MJP Plus is dedicated to working with its clients to come up with an emergency lighting system that is unique to the property and ensures maximum safety for all occupants in the event of an emergency.

Considerations For Emergency Lighting Designs

When designing an emergency lighting system, several things determine the best solution for your building. These include the current legal requirements, the necessary types of lighting and things like ongoing costs and maintenance considerations.

 

When thinking about where emergency lighting needs to be placed, you can usually split this into three sections throughout your building; escape routes, high-risk areas and open areas.

 

When you are looking at an escape route, you need to ensure that there is adequate emergency lighting along the route, especially in windowless areas and at corridor intersections which should have clear illuminated directions to the closest exit. Exits should be illuminated with an emergency exit sign. Along these routes, you will also need lighting that signals where there is a change of level, at first aid points and where fire fighting equipment or alarm call points are found.

 

Sometimes there may be an open area along an escape route and where this is larger than 60 square metres, it will need its illumination. This might include suites, rooms and offices but isn’t limited to these types of spaces.

 

Many buildings have areas where personnel are carrying out high-risk tasks that cannot just be shut down immediately in the event of an emergency. That’s why it’s crucial to have lighting installed here so that anyone working in the space can safely finish what they are doing before exiting as quickly as possible.

 

Every building is used differently and has its unique layout so when designing an emergency lighting system, it is essential to come up with a system that takes all of the above factors into account.

Risk Assessments

Before designing an emergency lighting system, a risk assessment should be carried out. This will indicate exactly where these lights need to be placed as well as other considerations such as their intensity.

 

MJP Plus will assess the building and come up with an emergency lighting system that perfectly meets its needs. Included in this risk assessment will be things like:

 

  • How long the emergency lighting needs to last
  • Where emergency exits are located
  • Whether there are any high-risk areas in the building
  • The location of disabled toilets and toilet blocks that are larger than 8 square metres
  • The best escape routes for each emergency exit
  • Access to lifts and stairs
  • Fire call points, first aid kit points and fire fighting equipment points
  • What hours of the day the building is typically occupied
  • Any specific legal requirements for the building in terms of emergency lighting

Why MJP Plus Is The Best Choice For Emergency Lighting

MJP Plus has a vast and lengthy experience in the electrical installation field and its installers continue to learn every day so we’re always up to date with the latest legislation, installation processes and equipment.

 

If you’re looking for a reliable installer to complete your emergency lighting system and ensure that it’s well-maintained, then MJP Plus is at your disposal.

 

We specialise in creating custom emergency lighting designs that are intended to perfectly match the needs of the building in which they’ll be installed.

 

We understand the importance of getting it right for every job and that the safety of the people using your building is the main priority.

 

Once your system has been installed, we also offer ongoing testing and maintenance as well as the opportunity to upgrade components and fittings as needed and as the law changes. We do have everything covered.

Meeting Regulations and Staying Compliant

The current law for emergency lighting is detailed in several different pieces of legislation. These include the British Standards, the Regulatory Reform, the Building Regulations and several others. I have written a more detailed post on these regulations and what they include which you can read here.

 

However, it is important to keep in mind that there are always changes being made to the law and from time to time this may be reflected in the guidance for emergency lighting. For example, there have been some recent amendments to the British Standards which may mean that your emergency lighting system needs to be updated.

 

For this reason, I strongly advise that you keep up to date with the current requirements and ensure that your system is in line with these. Failing to do so can result in hefty fees and there are even reports of prison sentences being handed out where emergency lighting systems have not been adequate and the lack of such a system has resulted in the injury or death of someone trying to flee the building.

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