Stand Alone Systems

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The P4 Fastel stand alone self-testing system is the simplest format and is ideal for existing premises requiring upgrades, new premises with less than 50 emergency lights, premises where there is nobody to regularly carry out testing and premises which are routinely unmanned.

Emergency lights, conversions and signs are equipped with Fastel self-test inverters or drivers. In addition to operating the product into which they are fitted in case of genuine mains failure, the Fastel control modules automatically perform a fully automatic self-testing routine which exceeds the minimum test requirements demanded by BS 5266, without manual intervention.In the event of a failure of the emergency lighting unit to perform to specification, clear visual and audible signals are generated on fittings as shown in the table below. This clearly indicates the nature of the failure to untrained staff so that they can contact maintenance staff to promptly rectify the indicated fault.

This LED Pattern applies to Fastel Standalone, Fastel Link and Fastel Wireless.

Standalone fully automatic self-testing emergency lighting in accordance with ATS type PERC classification, as classified by BS EN 62034.

Luminaires and signs incorporate self-contained emergency lighting operation with built-in standalone self-testing in accordance with ATS type S, as classified by BS EN 62034.

Luminaires and signs automatically carry out testing in excess of the requirements of BS EN 1838 / BS 5266 Part 7. A self-testing programme embedded in the microprocessor built into the inverter / driver modules automatically initiates and controls tests of the emergency lighting unit and provides status indication through a single multi function bi-colour LED indicator. A sounder in control modules operates for 10 seconds every hour until the fault is rectified reinforces fault indication . The sounder may be deleted as an order option.

Nominal Test Cycle – To ensure that adjacent units do not test simultaneously, all test sequences programmed into the integral microprocessor controllers are randomly set during production to test up to +12 hours from a nominal eight day cycle.

Eight days after an uninterrupted mains supply is connected to control modules, a fully rated duration commissioning test is automatically carried out, checking both lamp and battery capacity, followed by continued discharge of the connected battery to a preset deep discharge protection point, after which it is automatically recharged.

Eight days after the commissioning test a brief functional test is automatically carried out checking that the emergency lamp operates
from the connected battery. Every subsequent nominal eight-day period, a further brief functional test is automatically carried out to check that the emergency lamp operates from the connected battery.

After completing 10 consecutive functional test cycles, units automatically carry out a rated duration test to check both lamp operation and battery capacity. The connected battery is then automatically fully recharged. This cycle is repeated until the 44th test when a full duration test with additional battery training is carried out.

Once the mains supply is reconnected after an interruption of greater than 5 minutes, the connected battery will be fully recharged for 48 hours and test cycle will resume. A test cannot be carried out within 24 hours of the previous test or a mains failure exceeding 5 minutes.

To comply with the requirements of BS 5266 the indicator LED status shall be manually recorded at least monthly.

As Fastel Standalone – fully automatic self-testing emergency lighting technology.

A microprocessor within the Fastel inverter or driver module automatically self tests in excess of the requirements of the BS EN 50172 / BS 5266 Pt.8.

• Upon connection to an uninterrupted mains supply or after a battery is replaced or a charging problem resolved, the unit undertakes three battery regeneration cycles, charging and discharging the battery to optimise its capacity. The unit is then fully recharged for 48 hours, indicated by the flashing green indicator LED.
• Eight days after the battery regeneration an automatic commissioning test checks both lamp operation and battery capacity before continuing to discharge to a pre-set deep discharge point.
• Eight days later the unit goes into its standard automatic test sequence of testing every eight days†, carrying out either a 30 second functional test that checks that the emergency lamp operates from the battery or a duration test checking the battery capacity is adequate to achieve the rated duration.

†To ensure that adjacent units do not test simultaneously, all test sequences programmed into the integral microprocessor controllers are randomly set during production to test up to +6 hours from the nominal eight day cycle.

• The test programme performs 10 consecutive functional test cycles, then on the 11th cycle the unit will carry out a rated duration test to check both lamp operation and battery capacity before continuing to discharge to a pre-set deep discharge point. To further ensure that adjacent units will not test simultaneously, test sequences are randomly assigned to units to commence at different starting points. In this way, units will carry out duration tests after different numbers of cycles.
• The battery is then fully recharged for 48 hours, indicated by the green flashing LED after which the unit will revert to the functional test cycle. This sequence of test cycles continues unless interrupted by a failure of the connected supply which will initiate a discharge of the unit for as long as the supply is interrupted or until it discharges to the pre-set deep discharge point.

Notes:
• Once the mains supply is reconnected after an interruption of greater than 5 minutes, the battery will be fully recharged for 48 hours, indicated by the flashing green indicator LED and the test cycle will resume.
• A function or duration test cannot be carried out within 24 hours of the previous test or a mains failure exceeding 5 minutes.
• If either a function test has not been carried out within the past 30 days or a duration test not carried out with the past 50 weeks, the LED indicator will regularly flash alternately red and green. This pattern of flashing will continue until the fault is rectified.
• Failure of a lamp, indicated by an intermittent red flashing sequence as shown in the LED indication panel below, is memorised during interruption of the mains supply or when the unit is reset and will continue to be indicated upon reinstatement of the mains supply until correction of the fault is detected by the unit.

Fastel self-testing emergency lighting systems all comply with BSEN 62034, Automatic test systems for battery powered emergency escape lighting, which provides assurance to the user that the systems will comply with the legislative requirements to carry out testing of the emergency lighting as specified and avoid any risk of prosecution for not doing so.

In order to comply with the requirements of BS 5266 to record the results of testing of the emergency lighting, it is necessary for somebody to record the indicator status of all indicator LEDs on the installed emergency lights at least monthly.