EN 1838: “Lighting applications – Emergency lighting”

EN 1838 describes the photometric properties that emergency lighting needs to meet.

Emergency lighting 
This is the lighting that comes on as soon as the mains voltage, and therefore the normal artificial lighting, fails. It allows people to safely finish their work without panicking and evacuate a building.

Anti-panic lighting
Anti-panic lighting allows people to safely finish their work, take their bearings, identify and avoid obstacles between the workstation and the escape route and get to the escape route without panicking.

Escape lighting
Escape lighting allows people to recognise obstacles and safely get to the escape routes.  It comprises the escape route lighting and the signage with lit signs.

  • Escape route lighting
    To evacuate a building safely, the escape routes need to be efficiently lit.
  • Illuminated safety signs (signage)
    Signage indicates the closest escape route. Good visibility and rapid recognition of escape route markings are matters of life-and-death in emergency situations. EC directive 92/58/EEC of July 1992 lays down uniform signs that contribute to a smooth and safe evacuation of a building thanks to their universal character.

High-risk workstations
The aim of high-risk workstation lighting is to guarantee the safety in places where a potentially dangerous activity is carried out. They can be places with high temperatures, where noxious vapours are released, with moving machinery or areas of high electrical voltage.

EN 1838 also specifies the minimum uniformity of the emergency lighting:  anti-panic lighting (1/40), escape route lighting (1/40), high-risk workstations (1/10) and signage (1/10)