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Emergency lighting in hotel bedroom

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Guest LynnW

I recently stayed at a hotel which had non-maintainted emergency lights in the bedrooms with very bright green indicator LED's, so I complained. I didn't think emergency lighting was required in a hotel bedroom that had a window, and your website appears to confirm this. However, I was informed by the hotel staff that new legislation states that all rooms required emergency lighting.

Please can you confirm whether your website is correct or whether in fact there has been subequent legislation written.

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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the relevant legislation and "Article 14 (h) emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting", is the requirement for emergency lighting. The word requiring is the crunch word and it will be the fire risk assessor who will decide if emergency lighting is required. The DCLG guidance used is Sleeping accommodation and Section 5 Further guidance on emergency escape lighting, is the relevant section. The word borrowed lighting refers to artificial lighting outside and independent of the premises like street lighting. If there is sufficient illumination ( 1 to 2 Lux ) in the room with the curtains closed then emergency lighting may not be required.

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Guest Andy

Hi there. is it a requirement to have emergency lighting in hotel rooms? If so are there any that you recommend that have a low LED beam? Thank you - Andy

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There is a requirement, if necessary, and it is the fire risk assessment will decide, safelincs submission above explains it fully. The LED you speak of, is it an indicator on the unit or the luminaire itself.

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Guest Craig

It is a strong beam of green light coming from the emergency lighting in the rooms

been given a lot of complaints from the customers sleeping in the hotel but very little solutions I can find to resolve this 

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It may look like you are getting contradictory advice but it is how the RR(FS)O is interpreted.

The order says, where necessary in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons, the responsible person must ensure that routes to emergency exits from premises and the exits themselves are kept clear at all times and the following requirement must be complied with in respect of premises where necessary.

Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting.

It is unlikely that a bedroom could be classed as an escape route but that would be up to the person conducting the FRA. I would suggest you check out article 14 to fully understand the situation.

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