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Emergency Lighting Standards

Emergency Lighting Standards seek to provide visual conditions which make safe and timely evacuation possible while simultaneously curtailing panic. Safeguards for emergency management are vital in areas to which either the public or workers have access. Recommendations for specific luminaires such as exit signs and other sources of guidance, as well as the installation, operation, and testing of these, are outlined. These standards also address design principles that account for optimal placement, energy use, and possibility of electrical supply failure during emergencies.

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ISO 30061:2007

Emergency lighting

ISO 30061:2007 specifies the luminous requirements for emergency lighting systems installed in premises or locations where such systems are required. It is principally applicable to locations where the public or workers have access.


BS EN 1838:2013

Lighting applications. Emergency lighting (British Standard)

This standard specifies the luminous requirements for emergency escape lighting and standby lighting systems installed in premises or locations where such systems are required. It is principally applicable to locations where the public or workers have access.



IEC 60598-2-22 Ed. 4.0 b:2014

Luminaires - Part 2-22: Particular requirements - Luminaires for emergency lighting

IEC 60598-2-22:2014 specifies requirements for emergency luminaires for use with electrical lamps on emergency power supplies not exceeding 1 000 V. This fourth edition cancels and replaces the third edition published in 1997, AMD1:2002 and AMD2:2008. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: a) Clause 22.3, addition of definitions for PELF and Self-contained portable emergency luminaire; b) Clause 22.5, updated with the introduction of requirements for non-replaceable lamp and batteries; c) Clause 22.6, improved requirements to confirm that the charge indication is correctly connected to the circuit together with other clarifications regarding the controlgear and the remote box with its connecting cabe to the emergency luminaire; d) Clause 22.12, improved requirements to ensure that the luminaire shall not become unsafe; e) Clause 22.16, full revision of the photometric testing to align with ISO and CIE; f) Clause 22.17, now only references the requirements which are now covered in IEC 61347 2-7; g) Clause 22.19, now only references the requirements which are now covered in IEC 61347 2-7; h) Annex A, now includes nickel metal hydride batteries and reference to cell types in IEC 61951-1; i) Annex B, minor changes to the classifications; j) Annex C, Figure C.1 deleted in favour of a revised text; k) Annex E, the additional requirements covering self-contained portable emergency luminaires. This publication is to be read in conjunction with IEC 60598-1:2014 .



BS 5266-2:1998

Emergency lighting. Code of practice for electrical low mounted way guidance systems for emergency use (British Standard)

Recommends planning, design installation and servicing of low-mounted way guidance systems for use within emergency lighting systems.



BS 5266-5:1999

Emergency lighting. Specification for component parts of optical fibre systems (British Standard)

Specifies constructional and performance requirements for component parts to be used in optical fibre emergency lighting systems.



AS/NZS 2293.1:2018

Emergency lighting and exit signs for buildings - System design, installation and operation (FOREIGN STANDARD)

Specifies requirements for the design and installation of emergency lighting and illuminated emergency exit signage systems for buildings. Central battery, single point and self-contained systems are included.


AS/NZS 2293.2:1995

Emergency evacuation lighting for buildings - Inspection and maintenance (FOREIGN STANDARD)

Sets out periodic inspection and maintenance procedures for emergency evacuation lighting systems for buildings. The procedures are intended to ensure that such systems will be in a state of readiness for operation at all times. Requirements apply to the central and single-point emergency lighting systems, as defined in AS/NZS 2293.1.


AS/NZS 2293.3:2018

Emergency lighting and exit signs for buildings - Emergency luminaires and exit signs (FOREIGN STANDARD)

Specifies requirements for the design, construction, performance and testing of emergency luminaires and exit signs.


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