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Emergency & exit lights help people escape a building. They must be tested periodically

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Exit and Emergency Light Testing Overview

We are all aware of the green exit light above doorways, but are you also aware that depending on the size of an area, a number of emergency lights with a little red indicator light that are most probably right above your head in the ceiling that you have not taken notice of before or wondered what they are. All emergency & exit lights perform a valuable task in helping personnel have an illuminated path to escape a building when fire or power loss occurs. And as such these must be tested periodically.

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How do they work?

Emergency and exit lights have mains power 240v but also have a battery. This provides power to the fitting and illuminates the lamp or led strip when loss of power is detected.

Exit lights as there name suggests are generally located above exit door or indicate a pathway to an external exit door. The green colour is most effective when smoke is present in a building.

Emergency lights again provide an illuminated pathway to assist in a safe passage to the exit doors. The batteries generally only last 2 – 3 hrs but are only required to last 90mins under current Australian standards and BCA (Building Code Australia) which all buildings are built to.

Exit lights are on all the time and are called a maintained unit as they must be illuminated 24hrs a day 7 days a week etc.

Emergency lights only come on when loss of power occurs. These are referred to as non-maintained.

Why do I have to test?

Exit and emergency lights are required to have two (2) 90minute discharge tests per year. This is a requirement under current standards and in some cases local councils will require certification to be provided by the person that is authorised to test these units.

Certification must be provided to your local council by a qualified provider that the tests have been done in accordance to Australian standards AS2293.2 and Australian Building codes and that they have passed a discharge test.

These fittings like all things built in today’s world only have a working life of between 5 – 10 years and must be replaced when the unit fails to discharge or expel light for less than 90minutes.

Get a prompt quote to rectify all faults found

If any fittings have failed, ATTS can provide a competitive quote on replacement LED fittings that are environmentally friendly, have Australian approval and 3 – 5yr replacement warranty. All fittings comply with Australian specifications and requirements

For larger buildings we can also supply an onsite test register of all fittings and locations that is kept onsite and signed by our technician upon completion of the test.

How can ATTS help?

  • ATTS have been involved in testing exit and emergency lighting for the last 15 years
  • We have a number of qualified staff that can not only do the test but we can also repair or replace faulty units
  • Minimise the risk of a safety incident by making us accountable for your testing requirements
  • Are compliant with the AS2293.2, and have access to a kept logbook of all safety tests
  • Gain access to specialist technicians qualified in emergency light testing

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