SLL publishes updated Emergency Lighting Guide

(UK) – The latest edition of the SLL Lighting Guide 12: Emergency Lighting, has been published, providing up to date information on the procurement, design, installation and maintenance of emergency lighting.

The guide also provides information on how to comply with current statutory/regulatory framework and the standards regarding emergency lighting that apply within the UK.

The latest edition of the SLL Lighting Guide 12 has been developed for use when design work is to be undertaken, but also to assist engineers in evaluating existing installations against current standards and requirements of legislation.

With the previous edition published in 2015, key changes include an increased focus on the design requirements, aiming to facilitate a coordinated approach between all parties involved in emergency lighting. As emergency lighting is a life safety system, all parties who are involved carry a duty of care under various pieces of legislation to occupants of premises and are responsible for discharging their roles, whether it be as a building owner, designer, installer or maintainer.

The guide explores typical case studies, demonstrating differences in approach that may be required to address specific situations, reflecting different types and uses of premises. The document was written by a task group made up of members of the SLL and chaired by David Mooney.

Commenting on the update, Mooney said: “Good design of emergency lighting is not just a way of meeting target levels and complying with standards – it is a way of ensuring that people can orientate themselves and find their way confidently and safely through a building to a place of safety. It should be remembered that people, even in familiar buildings, may become frightened and disorientated during an emergency.”

The guidance in the document is written primarily for buildings within the United Kingdom, although there are minor variations for Northern Ireland and Scotland. However, the principles for emergency lighting are universal and can be applied to other locations if the appropriate local conditions, standards and regulations are respected.

More information about SLL Lighting Guide 12: Emergency Lighting can be found on the CIBSE website here.