Emergency Systems

Example escape route diagram

The purpose of emergency lighting is to provide light in the event of a mains or local power supply failure.

The emergency lighting design must take into account the following:

  • Escape route signs
  • Stairs so that each flight receives direct light
  • Changes in level
  • Changes of escape route direction
  • Corridor intersections
  • First aid posts
  • Fire alarm call points or pieces of fire fighting equipment
  • External areas in the immediate vicinity of final exits
  • Moving stairways and walkways
  • Toilet facilities exceeding 8m² or any multiple closet facility without borrowed light
  • Toilet facilities for disabled use
  • Motor generator, control and plant rooms
  • All other areas as deemed by the Risk Assessment

Philip Payne

Philip Payne is a leading UK brand of Emergency Lighting and exit signage favoured by many top architects and building designers with reference projects including: The Royal Opera House, Wembley Stadium, the Shard and the Qatar National Conference Centre.

Philip Payne recognise that most Emergency Exit Signage products are designed with function in mind and that many building designs can be compromised by mis-selection of emergency product.

Philip Payne always attempt to meet design aspirations and legal prerequisites by delivering quality product on time and on budget.

Philip Payne Emergency Products contained on this website are Kitemarked by BSI and widely approved by Civil Defence departments across the Middle East.

Specto-XT icon


The Specto-XT emergency system uses luminaires containing wireless transceivers.

In real-time Specto-XT luminaires communicate the health status and routine test results to the Specto-XT Gateway and are uploaded onto the website.

This avoids the need for supplementary data cabling which is required for most emergency lighting monitoring systems. Specto-XT luminaires are wired the same as on any conventional emergency lighting installation.

Using a mesh networking principle luminaires can be commissioned using a handheld IR programming device set. Future extra requirements or changes in emergency strategy can be added to the network quickly and simply.

The network operates at a frequency of 868MHz segregating it from other wireless activity and with <1% data exchange rates the system is inert for the majority of the time.

Test regimes and other user-defined parameters can be programmed via the website and downloaded to the Gateway.

The web portal retains historic records (determined by local standards) which are displayed in graphical form. These records, together with site documentation, are easily accessible by client authorised users.

Up to 500 luminaires can communicate with each Gateway.

The full range of Philip Payne Products is available with Specto-XT functionality.


  • ISO 9001 Licence

    ISO 9001 Licence:

  • Kitemark Licence

    Kitemark Licence:

  • Kitemark License

    Kitemark Licence:

Civil Defence Approval in many Middle East states is dependent on a third party approval.

There are a number of international bodies acceptable to the various Civil Defence departments in the region, but amongst the most recognisable of these is the Kitemark which is a product quality certification mark owned and operated by BSI (British Standards Institution) and is best known to identify products where safety is paramount.

Philip Payne always attempt to meet design aspirations and legal prerequisites by delivering quality product on time and on budget.

Philip Payne Emergency Products contained on this website are Kitemarked by BSI and widely approved by Civil Defence departments across the Middle East.

Philip Payne products have been extensivly tested by BSI in their laboratories to gain the Kitemark and Civil Defence compliance certificates.

Emergency System

Specto-XT Gateway


Master control and web interface with Specto-XT wireless communication

The Specto-XT Gateway provides daily uploads of the system status to the website providing an easy to read visual reference highlighting the following:

  • Lamp status in emergency operation
  • Number of hours that a lamp has operated from the battery
  • Integral battery is connected and charging
  • Result of the last monthly function test and the date of the next scheduled test
  • Result of the last annual duration test and the date of the next scheduled test
  • Emergency lighting testing schedules
  • This information is transmitted to the world wide web for viewing using tablets, smart phones, laptops and computers.
  • Controls up to 500 Specto-XT emergency luminaires.

Emergency Luminaires

Architectural Range

Architectural 250 FC


The original Philip Payne FC was one of if not the first slot or ‘blade’ fitting to be made.

Plagiarism is the highest form of flattery with many variations on this theme reaching the market since its launch. The original has been re-dimensioned and re engineered many times. However, the essential design of fixed void bracketry and a demountable gear section remains unchanged, making installation and maintenance as simple as ever. As with all Philip Payne products the FC is LED with options for self contained or central battery and controls for monitored systems. Trim-plates are available in all the Payne finishes.

Architectural 250 FC


The 250DW offers clean architectural lines.

Its versatility ensures the 250DW remains one of Payne’s best sellers. It can be mounted above the door but the slim profile also makes it possible to mount the product to the side of high feature doors whilst remaining compliant with the statutory mounting height. Rear or top cable entry provides options where surface conduit is required although the geometry of the product lends itself to concealed cable entry particularly in stairwell mounting situations. The wide variety of available finishes has seen the product extensively used in theatre and cinema applications.

Architectural 250 FC


Conventional down-facing signs can cause conflicts with door opening requirements.

The ability to invert the product and the accompanying graphics provides a simple but effective solution. Largely fixed to frames and mullions the product can be finished to suit most architectural glazing surrounds and ironmongery.

Architectural 250 FC


The 250CM can be fixed directly to the ceiling or suspended using a versatile rod suspension kit.

Payne have always favoured rods over the more commonly used chain suspension method as this provides superior rigidity and appearance. All rod kits are colour coordinated with the CM covers which are available in all Payne finishes. The standard rod kit comes with 12.5mm rods through which mains cables are fed directly into the sign. Batteries if not centrally located are housed inside the CM enclosure.

Architectural 250 FC


The visibility of any sign is crucial for it to be effective.

Although explicit in most local standards this can present a real problem to designers to ensure a safety sign is clearly within peoples viewing normal area and range. The side option provides a direct fix to the vertical plane particularly useful in Atriums and other high ceiling applications.

Mini Cylinder

Mini Cylinder

The Philip Payne Mini Cylinder offers compact, sleek, curved lines to an architectural space.

This ‘LED only’ range with comprehensive options of mounting has the full spectrum of modern emergency control/test options and a first fix installation benefit. It is quick to install as it can be fully wired at the first fix/decorating stage leaving the legend and covers assembly to be simply plugged in with no tools required.



The SPRITE offers a compact surface LED alternative to outdated emergency solutions. It is available in a number of standard and special finishes ensuring that impact on building design is minimal.

The SPRITE has been devised for surface mounted applications on solid ceilings where cabling may be contained in trunking or conduit. Side and rear cable entry points and BESA Box fixings are included for ease of installation.

Super 7

Super 7

Super7 combines exciting design lines with installation simplicity.

Moulded in PC/ABS, the Super7 clips together easily and quickly resulting in rapid installation.

A first fix option permits the installer to complete mains (and data) wiring before decoration. Removal of the outer cover exposes the battery, providing simple maintenance.



Modern LED technology permits the use of high powered LED products to provide dedicated emergency illumination previously provided by expensive converted mains luminaires or standalone fluorescent products.

The TYKE offers recessed LED alternatives to outdated emergency solutions. It is available in a number of standard and special finishes ensuring that impact on building design is minimal.

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