BLE Lighting & Power Ltd worked with a leading fashion retailer to provide the emergency lighting power within their new-build distribution centre.


A multinational clothing-retail company with over 5000 stores, required an emergency power system. It required designing from scratch for their brand new, state of the art UK distribution centre.

The new distribution centre features newly increased capacity and technological foundation. This to meet the demands of customers, who have been identified by the brand to increasingly choose to shop with them in an omni-channel way; requiring flexible distribution both to stores and direct to customers.

To support this, a smart DALI lighting system was chosen in the initial project design. Our task was to design a central emergency power system which would seamlessly integrate during a power failure. Over 800 personnel are located within the facility; highlighting the need for a reliable emergency lighting system that will ensure the safety of the workforce.

Our technical experts installed 68 assorted static inverter systems (ranging between 400w and 5.5KVA) into the distribution centre, and then adapted them to become bespoke for the purpose of connecting to the DALI lighting system.

The emergency lighting system within the distribution centre required some emergency lighting to remain in ‘maintained mode’ and BLE Inverter systems can provide power to both maintained and non-maintained lighting.

BLE Inverter systems allow some of the amenity lights to be identified as emergency lighting and should the mains power fail to these fixtures, BLE Inverter Systems activate the backup power system and the fixtures continue to function.

The battery build was commissioned and installed by BLE Lighting & Power Ltd too.

We worked alongside Smart Systems, a lighting specialist for F.M customers. Smart Systems have been in the emergency sector since 2000, from initial project design through to handover to the customer.

Although the requirements changed at various times throughout the project, we were happy to assist and re-design throughout. We also  advise on any technical queries and questions regarding legislation using our 50 years of experience within Emergency Lighting and Emergency Power.

Our adaptability and experience are key factors to BLE being chosen time and again for large scale and complex new build projects.