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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

How To Effectively Meet Fire Code

by Cooper Clark on Jun 07, 2018













It's important that you meet all mandatory fire code regulations              at all times. You never know when there will be Fire Marshall inspections to see what's going on within your building. Various forms of equipment need to be present in your building.

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Topics: Emergency Lighting Systems

Don't Fear Your Fire Marshall Inspection

by Cooper Clark on Jun 20, 2016


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Topics: Emergency Lighting Systems

Don't Take Emergency Exit Lights for Granted

by Cooper Clark on Mar 01, 2016

In the midst of every day "normal" life, when the sun is shining and everybody is going on about every day business, it's easy to take for granted those little things we routinely walk past. But emergency exit lights, like alarms, are something you never want to dismiss.

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Topics: Emergency Lighting Systems, Emergency Lighting, Emergency Lighting CT

Lighting Services, Inc. Tradition: More Than LED Lighting Upgrades

by Cooper Clark on Feb 22, 2016

Lighting Services, Inc has been shedding light on the US north-east coast for over 80 years. Our founder, Francis Clark, was a forward-thinker and a fellow of the Illumination Engineering Society (IES). The Society still uses criteria based on the thoughts and ideas of Clark and his fellows.

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Topics: Emergency Lighting Systems

D.C. Emergency Lighting Systems – 3 Signs You Have Them

by Cooper Clark on Sep 03, 2013

  1. You have 5-6 inch recessed lamps or light heads in your hallway ceilings or doorways.
  2. Your facility was built prior to 1990 and has never had a major upgrade to its electrical and/or life-safety systems.
  3. You have various different types of visible stand-alone emergency lighting units in some areas but are void of units in many others.
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Topics: Emergency Lighting, Emergency Lighting Systems

Wireless Emergency Lighting - Tritium Exit Signs

by Cooper Clark on Jul 25, 2013

Some locations where it is difficult to install electrically powered emergency exit signs, such as above doorways, are perfect locations for Tritium exit signs. Tritium exit signs are signs that glow in the dark and contain a radioactive gas called tritium. The gas is enclosed in sealed glass tubes with a light-emitting compound inside. The tritium gives off low-energy beta radiation that causes the lining to glow inside the sign but the radiation is unable to penetrate even a piece of paper or clothing. Just like other more common exit signs, these units serve an important safety function by marking exits to be used during power outages and other emergencies. Tritium signs come in 10 year and 20 year expiration models and are available in a number of colors and configurations.

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Topics: Emergency Lighting, Emergency Lighting Systems, Emergency Lighting CT

Do I Really Need a Larger Emergency Lighting Unit?

by Cooper Clark on Jun 24, 2013

Most manufacturers of 6 and 12 volt emergency lighting equipment use a cabinet that is frequently larger than needed for the particular battery specified for the wattage of the unit itself. These manufacturers have found that it is less costly to supply only two or three cabinet sizes. However, it is very common that these cabinets have the capacity to hold batteries ranging from 8 amp-hours to 80 amp-hours. In fact, your D.C. wattage load may be as little as 27 watts but can be increased to 200-300 watts just by replacing the battery and increasing its capacity. You must be sure to use the proper voltage and cannot use a 12v battery in a 6v unit; both the charger and lamps are not compatible. With this information in mind, and using larger amp-hour battery, you may be able to add emergency light heads to the top of the unit, run remote fixtures, or increase the run-time of the emergency lights up from the fire-code-required 90 minutes to 3-4 hours for minimal investment.

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Topics: Emergency Lighting, Emergency Lighting Systems

Obsolete D.C. Central Emergency Lighting System?

by Cooper Clark on May 23, 2013

Over the last few decades there were many 32v D.C & 36v D.C. central emergency lighting systems manufactured by Dual-Lite, Light Alarms, Chloride and others.

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Topics: Emergency Lighting Systems, Emergency Lighting CT

What is an Emergency Lighting Ballast (EMB)?

by Cooper Clark on May 17, 2013

The emergency lighting ballast, also referred to as the fluorescent power pack or emergency power pack, allows the same lighting fixture to be used in both the normal and emergency operations.   In the event of a power failure, the EMB switches to the emergency mode and operates one or two of the existing lamps in the fixture for the emergency lighting fire code required ninety minutes.  These units are UL listed, have both 120/227 voltage capability, an indicator light, and test switch.  The units contain a battery, charger, and a inverter circuit in a single package.  They can be ordered in new fixtures or they can be used to retrofit older fixtures and they are able to be utilized in many different types of fixtures (flush mount fluorescent, recessed cans, etc.). The only negative factor is that the EMB is a sealed unit and when the battery fails (approx. 4-5 years later) the entire unite must be replaced.
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Topics: Emergency Lighting Systems, Understanding Emergency Lighting Fire Code

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