WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIGHTING LEGISLATION

Lighting consumes a huge 18% of all UK electricity.  In a world where we all need to remain conscious of our environmental impact, the Government put lighting legislation in place to try and kerb usage as much as possible.

When developing your commercial lighting solution, style, functionality, and lighting legislation all need to play their part. There are also plenty of cost-cutting benefits – choosing an energy efficient option will save you money when you consider that 40% of a building’s electricity use is from lighting. Careful planning will ensure that you make the right choice for the long-term benefit of your business and staff.

However, lighting legislation can cause confusion, particularly if when starting out or if you are looking for a complete overhaul of your current lighting system. Here, we look at lighting legislation and how to ensure your commercial premises are not left in the dark when it comes to compliance.

Energy-related products lighting legislation

It is so important for businesses to consider the impact they have on the environment. By boosting energy efficiency, businesses can cut  carbon emissions by an average of 30%. Whilst this obviously makes good business sense, there is also lighting legislation banning wasteful lighting products. LED lighting is one of the most energy-efficient options out there – which is why LED products are expected to grow 20% year-on-year until 2025.

Key lighting legislation points you need to know:
  • In September 2016, all wire wound or magnetic control gear below 400w was banned from production.
  • All mains halogen lamps below 4,000 hours lifespan were also banned from production in September 2016.
  • Certain types of halogen lamp were banned in September 2018. Based on current EU lighting legislation, they all need to be removed from use by 2020.

Emergency lighting legislation

Emergency lighting regulation BS5266 was changed in 2016 to factor in significant updates. Different levels of lighting are now required if the regular system fails. Emergency lighting is needed in any business premises where a lighting failure could compromise people’s ability to safely leave if necessary to do so. However, this does not need to be sufficient lighting for business as usual to continue. Standby lighting is now also needed for when standard lighting fails but this must be a lighting system which will allow the usual tasks to be carried out.

Routine inspections and tests for emergency lighting

Lighting legislation BS EN 50172 says that emergency lighting systems must get inspected and tested on a structured and regular basis to ensure compliance. There’s a number of ways for these tests to be carried out and how often they have to be done. Emergency lighting must have a short test monthly and an annual full duration test. The system also needs to simulate a true failure of the normal supply, either automatically or by manually isolating the device. Visual inspections of every luminaire need to be carried out at least annually. If anything is wrong, it must be fixed immediately. This often needs the helping hand of an expert to ensure:

  • The test is performed when the building is empty to reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Test alternate luminaires at any one time so that the building has a charged luminaire next to the unit under test.
  • Emergency lighting testing equipment must be protected from any unauthorised operation.
  • It also should not interrupt the power to any other electrical equipment which could cause a hazard.
  • If a repair is required, alternative safety arrangements must be put in place until the work, and successful tests, have been carried out.
  • A responsible person on site needs to decide what to do to keep the building safe.
  • If equipment does fail, and safety patrols are needed to assist evacuation, rechargeable and portable hand lamps are needed which should conform to BS EN 60598-2-22:2014.
  • Tests and repairs need to be recorded in a log book.

Commercial enterprise considerations

As a commercial enterprise, you can either undertake this responsibility yourself or employ a lighting maintenance firm to take this hassle out of your business operation. It may sound like a lot to consider but the importance and the benefits of complying with lighting legislation should not be underestimated.

Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) brings with it a host of full corporation tax benefits for all compliant LED replacements, including the cost of installation. Some companies can claim Corporate Tax Relief on 100% of the cost of approved energy efficient kit. Depending on the cost per capital, ECA can be worth up to 10% of the capital cost. That’s sure to light up your bottom line.

ECA is also claimable with HELU – a high-efficiency light unit – if they comply with certain lighting legislation regulations. A HELU is a complete fitting with control gear – currently, retrofit lamps with or without a driver are not valid for ECA. New fittings must also produce 82 lumens of light per circuit watt for general lighting or 75 lumens of light per circuit watt when used for accent or display lighting.

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Lighting maintenance engineer Liam Chambers became a part of the plm team 2 years ago. 50 years ago, the PLM founder, Roy Sands, set up a lighting business from his garage, alongside his two business associates. Your company's' bottom line is key. Our LED lighting projects mean that you get the right products installed the first time. Click to find out more.

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Lighting maintenance engineer Liam Chambers became a part of the plm team 2 years ago. 50 years ago, the PLM founder, Roy Sands, set up a lighting business from his garage, alongside his two business associates. Click to read more.

PLANNED LIGHTING

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Roystan House, Andover Road
Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7RL

 

TEL | 01256 897510

EMAIL | hello@plannedlighting.co.uk

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