Our MEP Engineers give you the proper satisfaction before leaving you with the system they have designed. As part of our procedure, right after the design and implementation are complete, our professionals will start to test and evaluate the existing design and troubleshoot if there’s an issue.
To basically test the emergency lighting system there has to be an emergency, so they stimulate a hoax power failure in the main lighting circuit or the individual lights. After the power is disrupted, the emergency lighting system should kick in using the power from their batteries. Manual and Automatic testing are the two ways to carry this test.
Manual Testing : Firstly a switch is introduced which is capable of isolating the entire lighting system. This switch is used to stimulate a complete main failure. Now there are two ways to do that too.
The first way is to have a primary alpha switch that controls the entire lighting system. If this system is used, then our engineers would have to walk through the whole building to manually check whether the emergency lighting has started to work by using the power from its batteries. Later on, when the main power is enabled again, the engineer should walk again to see whether the recharging of the emergency lights has begun.
The second way is to give each luminary a personal switch. The drawback of this is that it’s not aesthetically pleasing to have a switch on the wall for each emergency light; imagine the number of switches in the corridor of a hospital. Furthermore, the switches should also be tamper proof. The advantage is that if this is implemented, then if the manual test is carried out, only one round of the building is required to check that all luminaries are operating perfectly.
After either step is carried out, the performance will be jotted down by our engineer in a logbook.
Automatic Testing : For a certain cost, it is possible to opt for “self-testing emergency lightings”. This method is opted for if the premises are large and time is of the essence.
With automatic testing, there’s another factor to consider. There’s a possibility of fault in the normal power supply soon after the testing is done while the recharge is still underway. This will result in the emergency lights not functioning properly. Due to this, all full-scale tests with maximum duration should be carried out before the time of low risk, so as to allow for recharging of batteries. Otherwise, a backup power supply should be introduced while the batteries are recharging, until they recharge fully.
In either case, a regular checkup of the lighting system is necessary to avoid any unwelcomed miss happenings and legal prosecutions. Therefore, the owner of the building should empower our engineers with enough authority to carry out these tests to maintain the full functionality of the emergency lighting service.
In this testing system, the monthly and annual results will be recorded.
Maintenance : Now that the designing phase is complete, it is time for evaluation, maintenance and working on the efficiency to minimize the running cost in the long run. Maintenance may seem like a costly thing, but in the long run, it saved a lot of money and so our MEP engineers figure out ways so that the system has an overall lesser operating cost but without compromising on possible long-term durability.