Monthly and Six-Monthly Tests (one-hour and three-hour tests)
An emergency light is a battery-backed lighting device that switches on automatically when a building experiences a power outage.
The monthly emergency lighting tests, also known as the 'flick tests', are short functional tests simulating the mains power supply's failure, ensuring the lamp switches on and illuminates correctly. When doing so, the primary lighting circuit must be switched off and emergency lights left on for at least 60 minutes.
For the six-monthly tests, the requirements for emergency lighting are to test for a duration of three hours. When doing so, the primary lighting circuit must be switched off and emergency lights left on for three hours in line with BS 5266-1.
The emergency lights are in all the corridors, the car park, and the common parts of the buildings.