Frequency of testing of emergency lighting systems is derived from your risk assessment. An acceptable schedule of testing would be:
Daily Emergency Lighting Test
Check for operation. A simple walk around and visual check for illuminated neon indicator lamps.
Monthly Emergency Lighting Test
Functionality test not exceeding 25% of rated duration. A basic switch off, check lamps illuminate, switch back on.
Six Monthly Emergency Lighting Test
Test of at least one hour for a three hour rated system.
Annual Emergency Lighting Test
Full duration discharge test
Emergency Lighting Site Log Book
The emergency light testing should be recorded within an emergency lighting site log book. Failures and repairs should also be recorded in the site log book and any emergency lighting repairs should be actioned urgently.
Emergency Lighting Test Certificate
An emergency lighting test certificate should be produced at the annual emergency lighting full duration test. Here at NC we recommend and use the NICEIC Emergency Lighting Test Certificate.