FAQ: Is it cheaper to replace your Exit & Emergency Lighting unit instead of the batteries?

FAQ: Is it cheaper to replace your Exit & Emergency Lighting unit instead of the batteries?

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We posed this question to the professional fire specialists at Linkfire who confirmed that in theory replacing a battery is cheaper than replacing a full light fitting, but unfortunately, it is not as simple as that.

Read their full answer below where they define three reasons why most professional fire specialists prefer to replace the fitting.

There are many parts of an Emergency Light that can cause the light to not work / fail the testing requirements. – battery, circuitry, charging device can all cause faults. Because of this, there is no guarantee that the battery was the problem in a failed light.

Labour time

If we replace a battery, then in order to confirm that the battery was the issue we would need to run another 90-minute discharge test. If the fitting fails again, we could try replacing parts of the charging device or circuitry etc. The cost of diagnosis, parts and multiple 90-minute tests would soon outweigh the cost of installing a brand-new fitting instead.


Furthermore, we are not able to provide any warranty on battery replacement or repairs to an old fitting, whereas we can provide a warranty on the new fittings we install. With our profile and capacity, we can source high grade fittings that are warrantied for a full 2 years.

Electricity efficiency

All new fittings we install are LED as well, saving costs on globe replacements and electricity usage in future. Of course, you also get a certificate of electrical safety with all our electrical work.

For help with fire safety compliance and maintenance in your property, contact the fire specialist at Linkfire, or contact our friendly team to discuss your property’s strata management needs or receive a FREE management proposal. We also offer more helpful resources and community living news in our FREE newsletter.

The information provided is a general guide only and is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. The company disclaims all responsibility and liability for any expenses, losses, damages, and costs which might be incurred as a result of the information provided by the company. This content is published in partnership with Linkfire.

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