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5 Clever Ways to Enhance Your Emergency Exit Lights that Could Save Lives

by Cooper Clark on Nov 28, 2018

Building safety regulations require that every commercial facility be fitted with a minimum number of lit emergency exit signs. Anywhere the closest fire escape route is not immediately evident must have a visibly lit exit sign with an arrow pointing in the correct direction. Exterior doors must be marked with a similar exit sign, letting everyone know which door leads them to the safe outdoor areas. However, you have no reason to stop at the bare minimum of what the fire marshal demands.

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Topics: Emergency Lighting, Emergency Lighting CT, Emergency Lighting Systems, Understanding Emergency Lighting Fire Code, Emergency Lighting Made Simple

Winter is Coming: Are Your Exterior Areas Safely Lit?

by Cooper Clark on Nov 13, 2018

 

Facility safety is a crucial part of any maintenance plan. No doubt your regular facility maintenance team is capably keeping the walkways clear, the handrails secured, and the HVAC system running smoothly. But in the yearly hustle and routine, it can be all too easy to lose sight of seasonal safety concerns. As the weather begins to turn cold, outdoor safety becomes a particularly serious matter for any commercial facility. Particularly those that serve a large number of customers or clients each day. 

Winter Slip and Fall Risks    

Winter time and the pavement ice it brings are the number one cause of both employee and customer slip-and-fall accidents. Whether someone is stepping out of their car, walking across the parking lot, or taking the few short steps up to your front door, a single misstep could lead to a serious injury. Businesses should be doing everything they can to reduce the chances that someone could get hurt on their sidewalks, grounds, and parking lot pavements. 

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Topics: Lighting Maintenance

The Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Business to LED Lighting

by Cooper Clark on Oct 31, 2018

Successful businesses are always looking for ways to increase long-term profits with low-cost investments.

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Topics: LED Lighting

How Important Are Inspections of Emergency Exit Lights?

by Cooper Clark on Oct 15, 2018

Emergency exit lights are fixtures in most modern buildings. They are familiar enough that we may take them for granted despite their essential role. What may be less familiar to some is the fact that these lights must undergo regular inspections. Building managers should be aware of the fact that these lights are installed to make fast egress possible in emergencies. How well they function can literally make the difference between life and death for a building's occupants. If you manage a building, you should understand the laws that govern emergency and exit light inspections. 

Emergency and Exit Lighting Regulations 

The National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) is one of the organizations that govern emergency and exit lighting. You can find the various rules on emergency and exit lights in the NFPA's Life Safety Code. The most important of these rules dictate factors like: 

  • The placement of emergency and exit lighting. The NFPA's rules specify the location of signs and how floors should be illuminated. No point in an exit access area should be beyond 100 feet or the sign's rated viewing distance, whichever distance is less. 
  • The amount of emergency illumination. Emergency lighting should not be less than one lumen per square foot. At no point should maximum illumination at any one point exceed 40 times the minimum illumination. The point of this is to prevent overly bright and overly dark areas.  
  • How long emergency lights should last in an emergency. The NFPA states that emergency illumination should not last for less than 1.5 hours on full battery power in the event that normal lighting fails. 
  • The schedule for inspecting emergency and exit lighting. You should inspect emergency and exit lights every month. The NFPA's code also specifies that the monthly functionality tests of emergency and exit lights should last for 30 seconds. They also advise that building managers keep written records of monthly inspections. These records are important since the local authority having jurisdiction may require them. No more than five weeks should pass between monthly inspections. Along with the 30-second tests, building owners and managers should test emergency and exit lights once per year for 1.5 hours. 
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LED Lighting Upgrades: Using Better Lighting in Parking Areas

by Cooper Clark on Sep 27, 2018

   

No doubt you've heard plenty about LED lighting and what it can do to save energy and money. If you've considered it for the interior of your industrial facility, what about outdoor areas as well?

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Emergency Exit Lights Provide More than Fire Safety

by Cooper Clark on Sep 11, 2018

Fire safety is one of the biggest reasons that building codes mandate emergency exit lights, but it isn't the only reason to have these fixtures. In fact, fire is thankfully rare in buildings that comply with local building codes. This makes it so that emergency exit lights are usually activated in other situations. Here are some of the most common ones:

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Topics: Emergency Lighting

Don't Forget Aerial And Exterior Lighting Maintenance And Upgrading

by Cooper Clark on Aug 30, 2018

    Big businesses are always on the lookout for a good way to benefit their company, but they sometimes focus on the inside of their buildings to find them excluding the exterior. This is a problem when it comes to regular light maintenance and replacement. It skips the following advantages. 

Serious Money And Energy Savings  

    It's always a good time to think about replacing your current exterior lights. It can save you a lot of energy and money if you have old MH lights which can use up to 324 watts in your parking lot. Replacing just half of them with LED lights can cut your exterior's energy expenditure by up to 70%. You can imagine how much your electricity bill can drop after that considering that the US Energy Information Administration reports that the national average spent on electricity is 13.05 cents per kilowatt-hour. 

     Even if you don't replace your exterior and parking lot lighting with LEDs, keeping them maintained and regularly replaced reduces how much light is consumed and how efficiently that energy is used. Lights lose their oomph as they age, illuminating less over time. This is a waste of money since they consume energy at the same rate, but you can develop a schedule of replacing bulbs before they dim to keep their efficiency.

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Topics: Energy Savings

What To Expect Out Of Lighting Maintenance

by Cooper Clark on Aug 13, 2018

  

Interior and exterior lighting are more than simply lighting a path for people to find the building or their path while inside. Lighting is also in place for emergencies as well as to adhere to fire code.

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Topics: Lighting Maintenance

Emergency Exit Lights: What You Need To Know

by Cooper Clark on Jul 26, 2018

     When there is an emergency in your business, school, warehouse or other building, you need to make it easy for people to evacuate. This can be extremely difficult when it's pitch dark. Rather than trapping everyone inside, you can use emergency exit lighting.

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Topics: Emergency Lighting, Emergency Lighting Systems

LED Lighting Keeps Your Business Cool in the Summer

by Cooper Clark on Jul 10, 2018

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Topics: LED Lighting

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