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A Beginner’s Guide To Emergency Lighting

Easily one of the most important components of your fire safety system and emergency procedures, emergency lighting systems are lights that remain illuminated even in the event of a mains power supply failure. This means that in the event of a fire, power outage or emergency, fire escapes and exit points will still remain clear, accessible and easy to follow.

At EK Fire Protection, we provide emergency lighting installations to ensure your building is compliant with all fire safety laws to further ensure you and your employees are protected in the event of an emergency. In this helpful beginner’s guide, we offer expert advice on emergency lighting systems, how they work and why they matter.

What Is Emergency Lighting?

Emergency lighting systems are crucial for many businesses, industries or commercial and hospitality venues, in order to provide a safe, effective exit strategy in the event of a fire or emergency. Used across schools, hospitals, music venues, retail stores and office buildings, emergency lighting systems are crucial in maintaining the safety of your staff, and preventing unnecessary risk in the event of an emergency.

Emergency lighting will activate when the main power supply fails, due to a fire, in order to provide lighting to emergency exit signage and fire exit walkways.

Emergency Lighting | Knowing Your Type

There are three primary types of emergency lighting used in the event of a fire or emergency. Below, we outline the main types of emergency lighting, providing key information on their differences and how they operate effectively to ensure safety in the event of an emergency.


A maintained emergency lighting unit should work much like any normal lighting system, except for when the main power fails. In this case, the unit will switch directly to a battery-powered output, running off of this until the main power unit is switched back on.


In a non-maintained emergency lighting unit, the unit itself will only be powered by the main power supply for charging purposes. This means the unit will only turn on when the main lighting system fails as a result of a power outage.

Combined Emergency Lighting

A combined emergency lighting unit will make use of two different lights in the system, one powered by the normal supply on a day-to-day basis, whilst emergency lighting is powered specifically by the backup energy supply. This means they can be either maintained or non-maintained depending on the requirement. Are you looking for emergency lighting systems for your business? At EK Fire Protection, we carry out emergency lighting installations helping customers adhere to all current Fire Regulations; we install a tremendous amount of Fire Extinguishers, Fire Safety Signs and Emergency Lighting within our customers’ premises both inside and out. Contact us today.

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