Kitemark Scheme for Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting

Responding to industry needs, the Emergency Lighting Kitemark scheme completes the Kitemark electrical safety portfolio of products, which includes Fire Alarm Installation and Electrical Contractors. As an existing Kitemark licensee in either or both of these schemes, we felt sure that you would be interested in adding Emergency Lighting to your certification.

Shops, offices, and other premises previously excluded from legislation require the installation of additional emergency lighting to satisfy the Emergency Lighting and the New Fire Safety legislation – the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Not only must premises contain emergency lighting and escape route signage, but the equipment installed must be the correct type, installed in the correct location, and satisfy the requirements of BS 5266.

The new Kitemark scheme complements the Kitemark for Fire Alarm Systems Installations and the Kitemark Electrical Installations. The Emergency Lighting Kitemark scheme is built in a modular format covering Design, Installation, Inspection & Testing, and Maintenance.

What is Emergency Lighting?
In its simplest and most common form, it is "escape lighting", which aims to ensure adequate lighting to escape routes from buildings, so that people may get out easily and safely even if there is a power loss. These systems are most commonly linked to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, and are as such mentioned in the Regulatory Reform Order.

What is the Emergency Lighting Kitemark Scheme?

The BSI Kitemark scheme inspects the quality and safety of work carried out by businesses engaged in the design and/or installation and/or inspection, test, certification, and/or maintenance of emergency lighting systems, according to the various British Standards  BS 5266 parts 1, 7, 8, and 10 and other relevant requirements. If you are certified by BSI as competent to this work, then you are authorised to use the internationally famous Kitemark logo in promoting, marketing and describing your services.

BS EN 60598-1: 2004
Luminaires. General requirements and tests
BS EN 60598-2-22: 1999
Luminaires. Particular requirements.  Luminaires for emergency lighting
BS EN 61347-2-7: 2006
Lamp control gear. Particular requirements for DC supplied electronic ballasts for emergency lighting.
BS EN 61347-2-13: 2006
Lamp control gear. Particular requirements for DC or AC supplied electronic control gear for LED modules
BS EN 50171: 2001
Central power supply systems

Why should I join the BSI Kitemark Scheme?

  • Compliance: This shows that you are fully compliant with the relevant parts of 
    BS 5266.
  • You will be an officially licensed Kitemark Emergency Lighting Installer. This means that once you have your licence, you can use the highly respected Kitemark symbol to promote your business.
  • Customer Confidence: Happy, confident customers will bring unrivalled benefits to your business. Purchasing professionals, whether private or public sector, want to know that they are spending their money wisely. With 73%* of the UK population stating they are happier to recommend Kitemark companies and 93%* of them believing that Kitemark products are safer, you can more easily retain existing customers and attract new ones.
  • Powerful marketing tool: Enhancing your reputation and company profile can be a costly exercise. However, by being a Kitemark licensee and using the Kitemark symbol in your promotional activities, you can gain all the benefits of this prestigious symbol. 88% of the UK adult population believe that the Kitemark shows a reputable company*
  • Competitive Advantage: In tough business environments, companies need to be able to make their products and services stand out from the competition. 75% of UK adults state that the presence of the Kitemark helps them to choose between products – Kitemark gives you this advantage.
  • Increase profitability: Through applying Kitemark practices you can reduce cost and waste, which will help you realise a more healthy profit in your business. A Kitemark scheme offers a blueprint for better, more efficient business performance, and less errors.
  • Increased business: Purchasing professionals in private and public sector organisations often prefer or even specify Kitemark products and services, as it ensures that they deliver the safest, most reliable and consistent projects. Kitemark gives you access to their tenders and projects.

What else will the scheme give me?

  • Licence to use the Kitemark in marketing and promotional activities both print and online as well as other company documentation, such as letterheads, invoices, and signage for your company.
  • Kitemark is a Business Superbrand in its own right and you have the license to use it. A Business Superbrand means that the Kitemark is seen by business leaders as having established the finest reputation in its field, and offers customers emotional and/or tangible advantages over competitors which  customers want, recognise, and are confident about investing in. Business Superbrands must represent quality, reliability and distinction.
  • A Kitemark Marketing Tool Kit includes a CD containing all relevant logos, hints and tips for using the logo, press release template, printer-ready artwork for a Kitemark poster, and sales flyers for your customers.
  • Monthly Kitemark Newsletter updating you on how the Kitemark is being promoted, success of Kitemark licensees, as well as other regular updates on Kitemark and your Kitemark scheme.
  • Company listings in the search function of Kitemark services and products

How much does it cost?
The cost of the Kitemark scheme depends on the number of assessment days required by your business. In most cases, this can be achieved in two days for Initial Assessment and thereafter only one day, providing you can supply site visits near your offices, and that you are not in a very remote location. Normally, two examples of work (site visits) are required at assessment. There will be two inspections per annum for the first two years, which drops to one per annum thereafter.

Prices based on one Qualified Supervisor per company. Costs will vary where there is more than one Qualified Supervisor.