Does Your Building Comply With Emergency Exit Lighting Legislation and Standards?

By law, your office must have clearly visible and marked emergency and exit lighting. This is to facilitate the evacuation process in the case of emergency.




Sometimes all the current legislation and standards can be difficult to understand and implement. We have created a checklist to make the installation and testing your emergency and exit lighting as easy as possible.


  •   1. Emergency lights
  • Enclosed places must have emergency lighting
  • They must operate in the case of failed electrical supply
  • If your building is open to the public, you definitely need emergency lighting
  •   2. Safety lights
  • Building stairwells require safety lights
  • This lighting will need to be connected to a different power supply
  • These lights must clearly show the way from anywhere in the building, through exits and eventually
  •   3. The number of exits
  • There should be minimum two on each floor of the building
  • However, this number is dependent on the size of the building, the surface area of each floor and the number of occupants in the building
  • Each exits must be free from obstruction and have a clear path
  • There must also be signs indicating no obstruction
  •   4. Exit Signs
  • These signs must be illuminated at all times
  • Must be installed above each emergency exit without exception
  • Visible at all times from anywhere in the building

If you need more information, check out Australian Standards 2293.




  •   Maintenance and Testing

We are qualified and experienced electricians when it comes to emergency lighting maintenance and testing. We fulfill all legal requirements so you don’t have to worry!


  •    Scope of Work
  • The Australian standard states the emergency lighting installation be tested six-monthly intervals to see that the fittings operate for the required duration not less than 90 minutes
  • A twelve-monthly intervals are required for the fitting diffusers and reflecting surfaces are required to be cleaned
  •   The Testing Process
  • Prior to testing, we visually inspect all flourescent lights for aging or damage. Next we will replace them where necessary
  • We then perform a discharge test for a 90 minute period
  • The lights are then reinstated
  • We record the results then replace or repair where necessary




  •   What is Emergency and Exit Lighting Testing?
  • What would you do if all of your electricity shutdown while you were working?
  • Would you be able to safely exit the building?
  • Would you expect some sort of lighting to remain during this procedure..?




This is why the testing of your emergency and exit lighting is required. To ensure that these lights comply with current Australian standards and guarantee the safety of the building occupants. With this lighting, you cannot simply change the batteries to restore fault.


  •   Light Globe Supply and Replacement
  • Previously, incandescent bulbs were used in emergency and exit light fittings. However, these bulbs are very inefficient bulbs when it comes to energy conservation. They only convert 5% of its energy into light and 95% of it energy into heat
  • We replace incandescent globes with energy efficient globes
  • These lights will save you money in the long term
  • We can advice you on the maintenance of your bulbs




  •   Why is Testing Necessary?

Basically, owners of businesses and buildings need to guarantee and constantly monitor their employees and occupants safety. Faulty emergency and exit lighting can pose as a huge danger to employees. Therefore, testing of these lights is mandatory to ensure they are working in perfect order.


  •   Advantages of Emergency and Exit Lighting Testing
  • 1) Safety assurance
  • 2) Peace of mind that your employees will be safe
  • 3) Cost savings
  • 4) Compliance with the law




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