Emergency lighting is set in place to illuminate designated escape routes for emergency situations in buildings -  apartments, public spaces, workplaces etc. - when the mains power fails. The emergency lighting system shall supply adequate lighting levels along escape routes, clearly illuminating directional displays to the nearest designated exit, and illuminating all life safety systems such as fire extinguishers etc.

Guidelines are set by IS:3217:2013:NSAI Standard (last updated 27 December, 2013) which determines the minimum standards to which all emergency lighting installations must adhere to:

  • Minimum light level of 1 Lux on all defined escape routes (e.g. Centre line of Corridor)
  • Minimum light level of 0.5 Lux on all undefined escape routes (e.g. Open plan area)
  • A minimum illuminance level of 5 Lux to the vertical (face of equipment/device) on all fire-fighting equipment, Manual Call Points, Fire Alarm Panels, First Aid Posts and Electrical Distribution Panels. In practice, in order to obtain the required lighting level an emergency fitting is required above locations.
  • In areas of high risk the maintained illuminance on the task area plane shall not be less than 15 Lux

Specific locations where emergency lighting must be provided are:


Security lighting can help to reduce crime and act as an effective deterrent to burglars. Properly installed lighting will help to make your home and/or business more visible to neighbours and passers-by increasing the likelihood of discovering intruders. Lighting also makes people feel safe and welcomed on arrival. It be noted that lighting is best utilised with other security such as CCTV.


Floodlight with Motion Detection (PIR)

Installing a floodlight with motion detection results in the floodlight being off for the majority of the time, and only activated when someone is in proximity of it.  Additionally to security the floodlight will assist to light your path in the darkness.


Bulkheads give off less light pollution than floodlights, allowing your premises - home or premises - to be illuminated with the light target at the most needed areas. Because they give off less light pollution it means not interfering with your neighbours.

Bollards and Garden Lights

This type of lighting is the most attractive for your garden or premises, with lots of options to fit in with your current landscaping. They can be activated by light levels or movement.


There are three ways for lights to be activated.

Dusk to Dawn Outdoor Photocell Lighting

This is Lighting that’s automatically activated to come on at dusk and turn off at dawn. This provides continuous lighting throughout the night and acts as a powerful deterrent to intruders. It is best to use lights that are not too bright and that are installed in the right areas so as not to create dark spots or shadows. We fully advise on where they should go.

Motion Activated Outdoor Lighting

Motion activated lights are a great option if you want to save on electricity and don't want constant light. They are also a great deterrent to intruders who get startled and usually leave the premises once they are activated. Intruders also don't know if they were automatically activated or turned on by someone in the premises. We will survey the premises and advise on the best places to install the motion detectors.

Hi/Lo Motion Activated Outdoor Lighting

This is a combination of the two other options, lights stay on from dusk until dawn at a low level, but when motion is detected the brightness is increased.