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Commercial Emergency Lighting Testing

An essential part of commercial building maintenance, Emergency Light Testing is compulsory for all non-domestic premises, thanks to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The government legislation means business owners are obliged to have the right escape signage in place, in order to ensure that employees and customers can safely exit a building in an emergency.

The regulations also mean that business owners must properly maintain their emergency lighting, to make sure it’s reliable and remains effective in the event of power failure. Therefore, it’s essential that your emergency lighting is regularly serviced by a professional.

The need for emergency lighting varies, depending on the size and purpose of the property, but no matter what type you have in place, it will need to be checked over each month and given a full duration test once a year – this is where we come in.

At Hexo Services, we offer comprehensive Emergency Light Testing for businesses across London and the South East, covering everything from hotels and shops, to factories and schools.

Monthly tests

Your emergency lighting needs to be examined by an expert on a monthly basis. We can carry out a systematic investigation to check all emergency lighting is functioning correctly. For this, mains power will be turned off and lighting checked for clarity.

This test will highlight any emergency equipment that doesn’t light up when the mains power is off. We will also examine all equipment for signs of disrepair – and once power is back on, we will take another look to make sure each sign is charging. We will also maintain a log our inspection results, so you can keep track of any issues or necessary repairs.

Annual tests

As well as carrying out monthly tests, it’s vital that your emergency lighting is given a thorough duration test once a year, to ensure each emergency light remains clear and bright for the correct amount of time. As a general rule of thumb, three hours will allow enough time for everyone to clear the building.

This thorough assessment can be carried out at a time that suits you and your business, whether it’s staggered or takes place outside of working hours. At Hexo Services, we work around you, fixing any issues and providing you with legal documentation, to keep your emergency lighting in perfect condition.

During our visit, we will examine your installations and make sure everything is working as it should be, including:

  • Exit doors
  • Escape routes
  • Intersection of corridors
  • Outside each final exit and on external escape routes
  • Emergency escape signs
  • Stairways (so that each flight receives adequate lighting)
  • Changes in floor level
  • Windowless rooms and toilet accommodation exceeding 8m²
  • Fire-fighting equipment
  • Fire alarm call points
  • Equipment that would need to be shut down in an emergency
  • Lifts
  • Areas greater than 60m²

Our Emergency Light Testing service will highlight any concerns or defects that need to be rectified, so that you can keep your property, employees and customers safe. Under our complete Emergency Light Testing service, which will ensure your system is BS 5266 compliant, we can provide annual inspections and duration testing, as well as monthly examinations and ad-hoc checks, no matter what the size or purpose of your business.  


To find out more, get in touch with us by emailing info@hexo-services.co.uk, or calling 0207 315 4151.

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