Emergency lighting is normally required to operate fully automatically and give illumination of a sufficiently high level to enable all occupants to evacuate the premises safely. Most commercial 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 Irish Standard provides the
emergency lighting designer with
clear guidelines to work to.
IS3217 2013 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 safe standards for these types of building.