CPD training module
28 November 2017
Lux Intelligent manufacturer, Advanced, has launched a CPD training module focusing on emergency lighting testing compliance.
Created against a backdrop of changing emergency lighting standards, including the new category of 'stay put' lighting, the module is designed to bring users, facilities managers and engineers fully up-to-date with current requirements and help them ensure compliance. It will also provide them with the tools they need to ensure their emergency lighting is more efficient, thus saving money and time.
'Stay put' lighting (more formally known as Emergency Safety Lighting) was introduced into BS5266 last year, expanding the reach of the standard from purely escape and emergency lighting. The basis of the addition is that it is often unnecessary or inappropriate for everyone to evacuate during a power failure/non-emergency mains failure and, for those who choose to stay put, adequate lighting is required.
When lights are tested manually, an engineer must physically walk the building and cut power to the emergency lights, forcing them to operate on their secondary supply. He or she then needs to reinstate the mains power and confirm that the batteries are charging properly. This is a time-consuming and tedious task that is not always completed accurately or reliably.
Added to that, it is not practical to disable the power for whole areas of a building during normal operational hours, so the process must be staggered or done outside office hours. Also, in case of a real emergency, no area of a building can be left without emergency lighting for the period after a test while the batteries are recharging.
Advanced offers its own, automatic emergency lighting test system, Lux Intelligent, which simplifies the process and is cost-effective, especially when using cloud-based monitoring via mobile or web app, which does away with the need for compiling manual reports and simplifies maintenance management.