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The Specto-XT emergency system uses luminaires containing wireless transceivers.

In real-time Specto-XT luminaires communicate the health status and routine test results to the Specto-XT Gateway and are uploaded onto the website.

This avoids the need for supplementary data cabling which is required for most emergency lighting monitoring systems. Specto-XT luminaires are wired the same as on any conventional emergency lighting installation.

Using a mesh networking principle luminaires can be commissioned using a handheld IR programming device set. Future extra requirements or changes in emergency strategy can be added to the network quickly and simply.

The network operates at a frequency of 868MHz segregating it from other wireless activity and with <1% data exchange rates the system is inert for the majority of the time.

Test regimes and other user-defined parameters can be programmed via the website and downloaded to the Gateway.

The web portal retains historic records (determined by local standards) which are displayed in graphical form. These records, together with site documentation, are easily accessible by client authorised users.

Up to 500 luminaires can communicate with each Gateway.

The full range of Philip Payne Products is available with Specto-XT functionality.



The Evolution

Philip Payne has a long and proud history of simplifying compliance to emergency standards for its clients and our systems have evolved with advances in technology.

Evolution 2005


SPECTO was conceived when it first became possible for emergency luminaire to routinely self test in line with EN62034.

Evolution 2010


SPECTOLINK made it possible to join self testing emergency products together over different floors and report faults to a single “control” location such as a facility management office with no manual intervention.

Evolution 2012


SPECTOWEB permitted groups of up 64 luminaires using the DALi protocol to communicate to a central controller which could then upload results to a web server.

Evolution 2018


SPECTO-XT via a wireless mesh and a simple gateway requires no wiring and no central control device and is not governed or constrained by DALi grouping restrictions.




Utilises a wireless mesh radio network, the data signals always find a suitable communication path.


An operation fequency of 868MHz provides excellent transmission distances and better penetration of signals.

Efficient Communication

Transmits less than 1% of the total time (99% of the time wireless is off).

Intelligent Connectivity

Software uses simple wait before transmit logic to ensure error free transmissions.

Reduce Costs

Luminaires simply require a mains connection. So there is no need for data cables, additional power supplies or control modules.

Simple & Fast Commisioning

Using a single robust hand held infra-red programmer all luminaire types can be very quickly and easily commissioned.

Made in the United Kingdom

From our factory based in Solihull, UK.

The Specto-XT Gateway

Specto-XT Gateway and Gateway Lite sends out instructions such as emergency lighting automatic testing times. This transmits it to the World Wide Web for simple viewing on any device.


Specto-XT Compliance

Specto-XT standards compliance - UK & Europe Design Considerations
EN 55015: 2013
Limits & methods of measurement of radio disturbances characteristics of electrical lighting & similar equipment

Wireless transmission distance will vary depending upon the type of luminaire and its location.

Maximum achievable for an open area external site is approximately 70 metres from one Specto-XT transceiver directly to another, reducing significantly indoors particularly where transmissions may be affected by thick concrete walls or metallic structures.

Wireless mesh technology significantly improves transmission distances by propagating signals through many Specto-XT devices rather than simply point to point.

EN 61547:2009 Immunity Data Sheet
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) part 4-3. Testing and measurement techniques – Radiated, radio frequency, electromagnetic field immunity test
EN 300 220-2 v3.1.1 Short Range Devices (SRD) operating in the frequency range 25 MHz to 1000 MHz; Part 2: Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU for non specific radio equipment
EN 301 489-1 v1.9.2 Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 1: Common technical requirements
EN 301 489-3 v1.6.1 Assessment of electronic and electrical equipment related to human exposure restrictions for electromagnetic fields (0 Hz - 300 GHz)
EN 60950-1: 2006 2nd Edition + A11 2009 + A1:2010 + A12:2011 + A2:2013 Information technology equipment.



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Operation Diagram

Compatible Specto-XT Emergency luminaires wirelessly communicate with each other and the Gateway through the mesh network.


The Gateway transmits emergency luminaire status to the Specto-XT web server


Users employ their chosen device to access status reports.



Building Address Icon

Building Address

Identifies devices that are within the same system and forms the boundary for the wireless mesh network to prevent adjacent buildings communicating.

Group Address

Group Address

All luminaires with the same building address and the same group address will work together. Up to 254 different zones can be created in one building.

Device Address

Device Address

To provide unique identification, individual luminaires within each group can be given an address.



  • Provides emergency lighting status information.
  • Management of emergency lighting testing dates/times.
  • Easily accessed on any device and platform.
  • Data stored off-site in the cloud via an ISO27001 accredited company.
  • Password controlled access for all users.
  • Interactive drawings available for each building and site.
  • Easy manage multi-sites from any location.
  • Receive auto-generated emails to all users to confirm status of all luminaires.


Status Monitoring

The Specto-XT Gateway provides daily uploads of the system status to the website.

Secure access allows the user to view full luminaire status of the whole installation, individual groups of luminaires or individual control gear items within a luminaire.

The website provides an easy to read visual reference highlighting the below.

Specto-XT Emergency Luminaires

  • Lamp status in emergency operation
  • Number of hours that a lamp has operated from the battery
  • Integral battery is connected and charging
  • Result of the last monthly function test and the date of the next scheduled test
  • Result of the last annual duration test and the date of the next scheduled test
  • Emergency lighting testing schedules

A full history of test reports is also available to view.

Specto-XT Emergency Status Reporting

Specto-XT Software


Interactive Drawings

Philip Payne Interactive Drawings provide a simple and effective method of viewing system information.

Specto-XT Software


Each dataset is shown as a layer allowing the user to zoom in or out as needed. The user can look at data for the whole building, or focus attention on a single room or individual luminaire.

Information Table

If a single luminaire is selected, an information table is displayed with the data for that luminaire.The user can select a date and see how the status for each luminaire.


If a luminaire requires attention the exact position is highlighted on the Interactive Drawing. The Information table will show the status of electronic components within the luminaire.

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Emergency Luminaires

Products with this symbol are compatible with Specto-XT wireless.

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Control Products


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Why Test & Maintain Emergency Lighting

Building owners, employers or “responsible persons” are legally bound to record the regular testing, inspection and maintenance of their emergency lighting system.

Legislation, Standards and Guidance Documents include:

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Building Regulations Approved Document B 2010
  • BS EN 1838:2013
  • BS EN 50172:2004
  • BS 5266-1:2016
  • BS EN 62034:2012
  • BS 5499-4:2013
  • BS ISO 7010:2012+A7:2017
  • SLL Lighting Guide 12 (LG12)

Test Requirements

BS EN 50172:2004 specifies the following routine test schedule for self-contained emergency luminaires:


Full 3 hour test


Each self-contained emergency luminaire must be energized from its battery for a short duration to simulate mains failure. The lamp should illuminate from the battery.


Each self-contained emergency luminaire must be energized from its battery for the full duration (normally three hours).

BS EN 62034:2012 is the European Standard for Automatic Test Systems for Battery Powered Emergency Escape Lighting. One of the main requirements is that the device must be self-monitoring and that it checks all tests are being performed at specified intervals.


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