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What are the recommended requirements for emergency lighting in toilet facilities?

Our checklist graphic illustrates where emergency lighting in toilet facilities is and isn't recommended under BS 5266-1 2016.

BS 5266-1 states that toilet areas exceeding 8m2 or without borrowed light and those for use by disabled people, shall be provided with emergency lighting. 

 

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What is Emergency Lighting?

Emergency lighting is lighting provided in the event of an emergency situation where a loss of power results in the failure of the normal illumination.

The loss of power to the normal illumination could occur due to fire or a power cut.  This could potentially lead to sudden darkness and pose a potential danger to the occupants of the building.

Emergency lighting is required to operate fully automatically and give illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable all occupants to evacuate the premises safely. Most new buildings now have emergency lighting installed during construction; the design and type of equipment being specified by the architect in accordance with current Building Regulations and any local authority requirements.

The British Standard provides the emergency lighting designer with clear guidelines to work to. BS 5266-1: 2011 embraces residential hotels, clubs, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and colleges, licensed premises, offices, museums, shops, multi-storey dwellings, etc.

Although this standard recommends the types and durations of emergency lighting systems relating to each category of premises, it should be remembered that the standards are the minimum safety standards for these types of building and that a higher standard may be required for a particular installation.

Emergency Lighting is a general term which can be split into five main distinctions.  

1) Emergency Escape Lighting is the lighting which provides sufficient illumination so that all occupants can evacuate in the event of an emergency situation, or attempt to terminate any potentially dangerous processes before evacuation.  Emergency Escape Lighting is part of the fire safety provision of a building and a requirement of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

2) Standby lighting is lighting which enables normal activities to continue substantially unchanged.  We won't cover standby lighting much more than this, as it is not a legal requirement and is a feature which may or may not be needed, and is dependant on the use of the premises.

3) Escape Route Lighting is lighting which ensures the means of escape can easily be identified.

4) Open Are or Anti-Panic lighting is part of the escape lighting system and provides enough illumination to allow occupants to reach an area where the means of escape can be identified.

5) High-risk Task area lighting is lighting which will provide sufficient illumination so that an operator can terminate a potentially dangerous process or carry out proper shut-down procedures before evacuating the premises.

 

What options do I have for Networking my emergency lighting panels?

There are multiple options for networking your Lux Intelligent emergency lighting test panels, and then linking those panels to the Lux Intelligent cloud monitoring service.

The options for connection are:

  1. Direct serial connection between the Monitoring PC and the Lux Intelligent Panel
    1. Additional panels can be networked to the first main panel
  2. Connection to the Lux Intelligent Panel via a LAN Device, enabling the Monitoring PC to connect to the panel over the LAN
    1. Additional panels can be networked to the first main panel
  3. A mixture of the 2 methods above

The diagrams below give examples of these networking configurations:

Lux Intelligent Cloud Networked Example 1

Figure 1: A panel connected to a Monitoring PC using the Direct Serial Connection, and a Panel connected to the LAN using the LAN Device.  

In this configuration the Panel and PC connected using the Direct Serial Connection should be within 20 meters of each other.  The Monitoring PC will also need a connection to the LAN in order to upload the data to the Lux Intelligent cloud.

The second panel, connected via the LAN Device can be connected to by any of the PCs on the LAN.  This means that any of these PCs can be used as the monitoring PC.

Lux Intelligent Cloud Networked Example 2

Figure 2: Here 2 seperate panels are individually connected to their own Monitoring PC.   Again each Panel and Monitoring PC should be within 20 meters of each other.  And if using the Cloud Monitoring service each PC must also have a connection to the internet via a LAN.

Lux Intelligent Cloud Networked Example 3

Figure 3: In this configuration a single panel is connected to the LAN via a LAN Device, and then the additional panels are networked to the main panel.  As the main panel is connected to the LAN, any PC on the network can be the monitoring PC by installing the Logger Tool and Sync Tool software.

Lux Intelligent Cloud Networked Example 4

Figure 4: In this configuration each panel is connected to the LAN via it's own LAN Device.  This solution is the most economical for networking panels which are geographically spread, assuming that their is existing LAN cabling in the vacinity of the Panel.  The only additional costs for networking is the cost of the LAN Device, and the potential cost of installing a LAN connection point near the panel.  This is far more cost effective than running a cable between the panels in order to network the panels together as in Figure 3.

Do my Maintenance Engineers need a Lux Intelligent account to access reports?

No.  When you send a report to your service engineers they will receive an email containing a link which they can click on to access the report data.  They do not need an account to access this information.  However, they are more than welcome to create a Lux Intelligent account if you would like to share a panel or a group of panels with them.

For more information please see:

  1. How do I access my test reports?
  2. Can I email test reports to my engineers?
  3. What reports can I generate?
Is there an additional fee to share data with colleagues?

No. It is free to sign up for a Lux Intelligent account, and it continues to be free when accessing shared data.

The only charges applied for Lux Intelligent is for uploading emergency lighting test data to the cloud, which you pay per panel monitored, not per user who accesses the data.  Therefore you can share data with as many colleagues as you wish for free.

For more information please see:

  1. How do I pay for Lux Intelligent?
  2. How can I share information with colleagues?
  3. Do colleagues need a Lux Intelligent account to access shared data?