Emergency Lighting


Emergency lighting is required in all premises where people are employed. 

It is a Life Safety System and is required to assist the occupants in the event of an emergency. It will assist in the evacuation of a premise in the event of power failure.

It is a mandatory requirement to be installed where artificial lighting is installed.

Remember, Emergency Lighting is designed to help save lives in the event of an emergency situation .

Legal Responsibilities

All Employers, Landlords or Occupiers have a duty under the “Fire Precaution (Workplace) Regulations 1999” to carry out a risk assessment to ensure their premises and activities are able to facilitate safe escape in the event of an emergency.

Complying with the Fire Precaution (Workplace) Regulations 1997

The Emergency Lighting British Standard BS5266 defines the requirements for the correct installation of Emergency Lighting. Compliance with this standard will ensure that your premises, meets the requirements of the Fire Precaution (Workplace) Regulations.

Continued Compliance with BS5266

As you can see above, compliance with the Emergency Lighting Regulations BS5266 will ensure you meet your statutory requirements, but only if the system is fully functioning.

BS5266 part-1 further sets out the requirements for continued user checks and routine inspection & tests.

BS5266 requires inspection & tests should be carried out at the following intervals (Frequencies);


  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • Six-Monthly
  • Three Yearly
  • Subsequent Annual Test


All check frequencies have specific requirements. Checks should be recorded where necessary in the Emergency Lighting Log Book.

How can COBA Electrical Services help you comply with your legal requirements?

As an Emergency lighting testing Specialist, COBA Electrical Services have considerable expertise in the Periodic Inspection and Test of Emergency Lighting. 

After careful evaluation of your premises, its uses and occupancy, we will carry out a Formal Inspection & test that fully complies with the requirements as set out in BS5266-1:1999.

All inspections will check that Emergency lighting is installed in required locations as well as testing the functionality of existing lighting.

Periodic Inspection Report & Emergency Lighting Log Book

Following a Periodic Inspection of your Emergency Lighting Installation, COBA Electrical Services Ltd will provide a Certificate that details the specific nature of the inspection along with any departures from BS5266 that may be found.

All certificates supplied by COBA Electrical Services will clearly display our accreditation with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contractors (NICEIC) along with our enrolment number.

BS5266 requires an up to date log book to be kept that details the type of Emergency lighting installed along with all events and checks to be logged. Where no log book is present, COBA Electrical Services can supply a comprehensive log book that fully details the type of emergency lighting system installed, responsible persons, contractors and even Manufacturers should spare parts be sought. All further inspections will then be recorded within the “Events” section of the book.