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The requirement for emergency escape lighting is detailed in Article 14, paragraph (2), sub-paragraph (h) where it states;
14.(2).(h) emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting.
Conclusion: Electrical emergency lighting has it's benefits as a back up lighting system but it does NOT provide illumination of adequate intensity in terms of emergency ESCAPE lighting in many cases. In contrast low level wayguidance systems DO provide illumination of adequate intensity and should always be fitted instead of conventional electrical emergency lighting in order to provide an adequate emergency ESCAPE lighting system.
Emergency escape lighting is a requirement of the RRFSO 2005, Article 14(2)(h). The system shown is installed in a Local Authority hostel where the existing electrical emergency lighting is not to standard and inadequate.
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