What regulation is of concern?


A number of laws and standards have been designed to guarantee safety:

NEN-EN 1838:
NEN-EN 1838 defines the mandatory technical requirements which emergency lighting must meet within buildings. For example, a norm that requires emergency lighting to alleviate emergency exits for at least 1 hour and with at least 1 lux (autonomy) in the event of power failure.

NEN 1010:
The NEN 1010 sets various requirements that must meet emergency lighting installations. For example, NEN 1010 sets requirements to escape route illumination (1 lux) and critical area lighting (10 lux). It also includes various techniques which have to be taken into account.

NEN-EN 1838 distinguishes three types of emergency lighting:

  • Escape route lighting:
    This lighting type ensures that escape routes are clearly identified and can be used safely. It includes lighting the escape routes themselves and their designation. The escape routes consist of the familiar icons.
  • Anti-panic lighting:
    This lighting type should ensure that people are led to a place where the escape route is recognized, with the aim to prevent panic.
  • Lighting of work places with increased risk:
    When power failure occurs at a workstation, it is intended that this emergency lighting is used to ensure work still can be done. For example, in case of dangerous situations it can be ensured that hazardous operations can be completed.
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