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Author: Philip Payne Admin | Date: 23rd Jun 2021

Part 3 – Testing Schedules

Self Contained Luminaires – Testing

Test schedules stated in BS5266-8 :2004 are as follows :

COMMISSIONING STAGE

Energise lamp from the battery for full discharge at rated time (i.e. 3 hours)

If Automatic Test System is used, emergency module will carry out initial battery charge and discharge at rated time (i.e. 3 hours). Results reported to system. 

MONTHLY

Energise lamp from the battery (short duration) and record in the test schedule.

If Automatic Test System is used, then the procedure is carried out and results recorded by the system.

  •  Switch on the emergency mode of each luminaire and each internally illuminated exit sign from its battery by simulation of a failure of the supply to the normal lighting for a period sufficient to ensure that each lamp is illuminated.
  • During this period, all luminaires and signs shall be checked to ensure that they are present, clean and functioning correctly.
  • At the end of this test period, the supply to the normal lighting should be restored and any indicator lamp or device checked to ensure that it is showing that the normal supply has been restored.

YEARLY

Energise lamp from the battery for full discharge at rated time (i.e. 3 hours) and record in the test schedule.

If Automatic Test System is used, then the procedure is carried out and results recorded by the system. 

  • Each luminaire and internally illuminated sign shall be tested for its full rated duration in accordance with the manufacturer’s information.
  • The supply of the normal lighting shall be restored and any indicator lamp or device checked to ensure that it is showing that normal supply has been restored. The charging arrangements should be checked for proper functioning.
  • The date of the test and its results shall be recorded in the system logbook.

 

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