Emergency and Exit Lighting Installation Standards in Sydney


Emergency and exit lights are great additions to both residential and commercial structures. But benefiting from these fixtures requires that certain installation guidelines be followed to the letter.

In Sydney, Installation Guidelines For Emergency And Exit Light Installation Are The Following:

  1. All fire-isolated stairways, ramps, or passageways.
  2. Each storey of a Class Five, Six, Seven, Eight, or Nine structure. Specifically, it must have a storey that has an area with more than 300 square metres.
  3. Each passageway, hallway, corridor, or any area that leads to an exit.
  4. Each room with a floor area exceeding 100 square metres. It should not open to any space with emergency lights or an open space or a road.
  5. Any room with a floor area exceeding 300 square metres.
  6. All passageways, corridors, hallways, or the like, which have a length exceeding six metres from the entry door of a sole-occupancy unit in a Class Two or Three structure.
  7. Class Four part of a structure to the nearby doorway that directly opens to:
    • A fire-isolated ramp, passageway, or stairway
    • An external stairway
    • An external balcony that leads to a fire-isolated passageway or any open space
    • In every important stairway that is not fire-isolated
    • In a single-occupancy unit inside a Class Five, Six, or Nine structure if its floor area exceeds 300 square metres.
    • An exit door that leads directly into an open space or road.
  8. It should also be set in each publicly accessible room in every storey of a Class Six or 9B structure if:
    • The floor area of that storey exceeds 300 square metres
    • There is any point on that floor that exceeds twenty metres away from the nearest door directly leading to a ramp, road, open space, or passageway.
  9. Emergency lights should also be set if an egress from that particular storey has a vertical rise in the structure that exceeds 1.5 metres, or, if the storey cannot admit enough light, has a vertical rise.
  10. This storey can have emergency lights if it offers a travel path from other areas that require emergency lights.
  11. Class 9A health-care buildings can also benefit from emergency lights. Each passageway, hallway, corridor, or a similar type of area that serves a ward or treatment area can have one. Each patient’s room (measuring 120 square metres or more) and fire control centre can also have emergency lights.
  12. A Class 9C elderly care building in a single-occupancy unit needs an emergency light.

Clearly visible exit signs should be set up in these places:

  1. A door that provides direct egress from a storey to any access area intended for exit needs such a sign.
  2. A horizontal exit or a door that serves or is part of a needed exit.

When it comes to emergency and exit light installation in your property, only count on the expert. Give ACE Sydney Electricians a call today!

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