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So get at us, let us know. (780) 935-0622. That’s the best way to contact us by phone. And other than that, we’ll dive right in. Today we want to talk about emergency lighting and exit lighting. So this video is aimed mostly at commercial, mostly at our commercial clients here.
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But we’re going to dive in here to emergency lighting and exit lighting. So what’s the difference? Well, they’re pretty similar. Exit lights are the lights that are going to go above and exits.
And the emergency lights are what is going to eliminate the pathway to that exit.
So your emergency lights are going to be either individual mounted labs mounted on the wall or the ceiling or they’re going to be maybe a booster pack with a built in battery backup feeding more labs or feeding just the two lamp heads that are going to be installed on it.
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So one thing to note here is if you have those red exit signs, those are no longer for use here that you might be able to grandfather and amend depending on what inspector you get. However you want to go with the green running man, especially in new construction.
So if you have an older building, you’re just swapping out, a couple of, you might be able to grandfather in those old existing red exit signs. But other than that, you need the new green running man style. That’s what you want to look for. And that’s a, that’s going to be your exit lights.
Other than that, your lighting has to be good for 90 minutes runtime. So power goes out and your emergency lighting that’s gonna eliminate all those pathways. It has to be good for at least an hour and a half that that’s how long the battery has to be good for.
That’s how long it has to be able to power it up for it because in the event event of an emergency and your place is burning down, you want everyone to find those exits as quickly as possible. It’s a little expensive to have these systems in place, but it’s a whole heck of a lot more expensive if you don’t.
Get a professional to install this for you. There’s a lot of factors to consider. Aside from your basic battery, your basic circuit board requirement that that unit is going to have as well as those par labs whether it’s led or incandescent or halogen whatever it might be.
The battery’s got to be rated to hold it for 90 minutes run time and you’re going to want to test these units as well for about 30 seconds monthly and for that full 90 minutes annually.
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So if you don’t have a testing program in place, get out us our team of technicians, we’ll help you out. We’ll set out with a great team of electricians, have a look at your system and give you the best option for what you need to do for your emergency lighting and for your exit lighting.
Other than that, I mean, you’re going to have those varying voltage factors, right? Whether it’s one 22, 800 2240, whether you have three 47, 600, whatever’s feeding that system, it needs to be accurately rated to effect, to reflect that if, if your ballast for that, for that unit isn’t graded to handle the correct voltage and you tie that all in, you’re going to have issues.
Whether it’s just frying the equipment or whether it’s something more, something worse property damage, et cetera. We don’t want to, we don’t want to touch on any of that stuff.
So at the end of the day, it’s probably your best case. Just get a professional electrician and have them look at your system, how the, swap it out with the right rated parts and having them warranty it and then have a nice day.
That’s how it should be. So again, when we, when we come out to a customer’s building facility and they want exit lights, emergency lights, that’s good. That’s great. They’re following the right stuff. We pull the permit, do the work, have it inspected, sign it off and everyone’s happy at the end of the day.
But some of the things when we go back for periodic inspections as we get hired on for other other tasks and jobs, we’ll see that maybe the storage is blocking those exit lights.
Maybe they’ve built up a bunch of cardboard boxes or some temporary storage and maybe they put up some new walls, maybe they’ve moved around some doorways.
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That’s going to affect those exit lights. Those exit lights have to be visible and those lights, those emergency lighting, they have to be pointed to eliminate that walkway. If your emergency lighting is pointed up at the ceiling, that’s not doing anyone any good cause in the case of a fire, they need to see where they’re going.
So you want to shine it at the floor, not at the walls, not at the ceiling, shirtless emergency lights right at the floor to eliminate that walkway to expedite the process of an exit. Shouldn’t emergency have to occur like that.
Right now anyways, due to COVID, there’s not really a whole heck of a lot of occupancy in a building. So it’s a good time to get these emergency lighting and exit lighting installed. Especially that way when you ramp back up and people are looking for the exits in the case of another emergency and then you, you have them there ready to go there.
But where you need these exit lights, emergency lights any really any commercial business, if you have a warehouse, if you have a school, if you have a hospital a laboratory any sort of commercial or business facility where you’re going to have occupants for a commercial purpose, you’re going to want to have exit lighting and emergency lighting.
So maybe you have a home office that’s probably not really going to need emergency lighting, rice it lighting for your Homebase permit or something like that. Maybe that won’t, that won’t be a concern. But if you have a home-based business and you’re bringing customers in and out.
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Then you might want emergency lighting, exit lighting. That’s in the smallest case scenario. Big case scenario, it’s pretty cut and dry. You need emergency lighting and exit lighting. You’re not going to need it in bathrooms or internal rooms or storage closets, utility rooms, stuff like that.
You probably won’t you don’t really have any issues there with emergency lighting or exit lighting, but in the hallways interconnecting those rooms, storage hallways, bathrooms in the hallways, the foyer is the entrances, exits. That’s where you’re going to want emergency lighting and exit lighting because at the end of the day, just like we mentioned it’s, pretty expensive to have all these units in there.
They range one to 200 bucks per piece, but it’s gonna be a whole lot cheaper in the long run. And then not having them and needing them, you’d rather be looking for them when you need them, then started looking at them when you need them, then looking for ’em when you need them.
So what else, what else we want to touch on here? If you have any further questions concerning their comments about your emergency lights, exit lights that maybe we didn’t touch on.
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