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    Emergency Lighting

    Is it mandatory to have emergency lighting for the communal areas in a block of flats ? Obviously sensible but not everyone is !

    Emergency escape lighting is not required in individual flats themselves but must be provided to all common escape routes within purpose-built blocks of flats over two storeys in height. Smaller blocks under two storeys may still require emergency lighting if there is no adequate borrowed lighting (street lighting).


      Thanks ash for prompt and clear reply. Does that apply to converted buildings ? It makes sense to have it in them as well.


        Given the low price of running LED lighting it is often cheaper to have lights that just remain on 24/7 (a 7W Led bulb costs about 2p/day to run 24/7 versus 1p/day to run 12 hours per day).
        The cost of running them will be pennies per month, versus £1000s in fixtures and electrician bills and maintenance when the sensors fail or need adjusting.


          Appreciate your considered answer. Showing my ignorance will these lights keep on if electricity supply cut off ? What is definition of emergency lighting ?


            Yes get one like this

            Really not expensive stuff
            And leave on 24/7 - timers get fiddly and are seasonal. Sensors likewise, and can fail in a fire anyway.

            Batteries need replacing every few years


              Thanks Andrew. I value you sharing your knowledge. It's what I will promote. However, has to be agreed by others !


                Originally posted by ash72 View Post
                but must be provided to all common escape routes within purpose-built blocks of flats over two storeys in height. Smaller blocks under two storeys may still require emergency lighting if there is no adequate borrowed lighting (street lighting).
                Could someone point me to chapter and verse on this please?


                  Check the H&S FRA report.


                    Sorry late response. Thanks


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