Areas Requiring Emergency Lighting Guide

It is not always immediately clear whether emergency lighting is required in areas within premises or not. The decision on whether it should be installed must always be subject to an assessment of the risk of people being in the areas at a time when an emergency occurs and require emergency lighting to assist their escape to an illuminated escape route or directly to an exit from the premises.

This guide is intended to clarify where emergency lighting is a requirement, based on representative room dimensions and type, in accordance with the recommendations of BS 5266-1:2016.

The siting of emergency lighting luminaires and fire safety signs should be in accordance with BS EN 1838 requirements, which are further explained in BS 5266-1:2016. Emergency lighting luminaires must be located at all points of emphasis as detailed in another guidance documents.

Emergency Lighting Area Table