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This European Standard specifies the luminous requirements for emergency escape lighting and standby lighting systems installed in premises or locations where such systems are required. It is principally applicable to locations where the public or workers have access.


Who is this standard for?

  • Lighting engineers
  • Electrical contractors
  • Landlords, employers and any individual with responsibility for premises such as hospitals, care homes, hotels, schools, laboratories, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, sports halls, libraries, shops, museums and sports stadia


Why should you use this standard?

The overall objective of emergency escape lighting is to enable safe exit from a location in the event of failure of the normal supply. The standard outlines recommendations for appropriate visual conditions and direction finding on all escape routes with a view to reducing panic and to enable safe movement from the building plus assistance with proper shut down procedures.

Use of BS EN 1838 can help save life and unnecessary anxiety and confusion can be alleviated by strategically placed visible signs indicating the way out of a location.


What’s changed since the last update?

BS EN 1838 has been fully revised by experts to bring it up to date with technological developments and industry best practice. Changes include:

  • Illumination of the points of emphasis has been clarified and improved and external illuminations has been clarified as needing to extend to a place of safety
  • Illumination of fire alarm call points and first aid posts are now consistent, regardless of location
  • The colour and style of safety signs is amended to the revised ISO format
  • A deviations of some countries has been amended

BSi BS EN 1838:2013 Lighting applications. Emergency lighting

SKU: BS18382013
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  • Standard Number BS EN 1838:2013
    Title Lighting applications. Emergency lighting
    Status Current, Under review
    Publication Date 31 August 2013
    Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard) EN 12665:2011, ISO 7010, ISO 3864-4, EN ISO 7010, EN 50172, ISO 3864-1, EN 62034, EN 60598-2-22, IEC 62034, IEC 60598-2-22
    Informative References(Provided for Information) ISO 17724:2003, CR 14380, IEC 60050-845, CIE 39-2, CIE 121-SP1, EN 13032-1, EN 13032-3, ISO 9186-2, ISO 16069:2017, EN 12193:2018, BS EN 12193:2018
    Replaces BS EN 1838:1999, BS 5266-7:1999
    International Relationships EN 1838:2013
    Draft Superseded By 11/30235103 DC
    Descriptors Sign lighting (buildings), Luminous intensity, Safety colours, Optical measurement, Luminosity, Emergency electrical installations, Escape lighting, Exits, Means of escape from fire in buildings, Test equipment, Standby lighting, Lighting systems, Emergency lighting, Emergency exits, Siting, Fire-escape routes, Signs, Glare, Visibility
    ICS 91.160.10
    Title in French Éclairagisme. Eclairage de secours
    Title in German Angewandte Lichttechnik. Notbeleuchtung
    Committee EL/1/1
    ISBN 978 0 580 72957 7
    Publisher BSI
    Format A4
    Delivery Yes
    Pages 20
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