Exit & Emergency Lighting Installation
In an emergency, proper lighting becomes critical to protecting the safety of your employees and customers. Exit and emergency lights illuminate and guide people to the exits so anyone can quickly and safely evacuate a building during an emergency.
Whether a power outage, gas leak, or fire prompts a building evacuation, you want to make sure you’re ready with emergency lights that guide the way out.
With over 40 years of servicing West Michigan, Fire Pros’ highly trained professionals will help you purchase the right exit and emergency lights based on NFPA compliance requirements.
Does My Building Require Exit & Emergency Lights?
All public facilities are required to maintain adequate and reliable lighting in the event of power failure. The International Building Code (IBC) and National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) list requirements for emergency lighting systems, calling for egress lighting for nearly all occupancies.
The IBC and NFPA have slightly different system placement and power supply requirements, so be sure to use professional emergency lighting installation that’s guaranteed to meet code standards.
Where Should Exit & Emergency Lights Be Installed?
When planning emergency lighting installation, you should know the NFPA and IBC guidelines that specify lighting in certain locations.
Egress lighting requirements:
- Exit accesses: Any stairs, corridors, escalators, or ramps that lead to an exit.
- Exit discharges: Those that lead to a public area.
- Emergency areas: Electrical rooms, generator rooms, fire pumps, and fire command centers.
- Internal rooms: Bathrooms or storage areas larger than a broom closet that have no windows.
It’s also important to note that emergency light fixtures must be spaced correctly to provide even illumination.
How Do Exit & Emergency Lights Work?
There are many types of emergency lighting options for your facility. These include thermoplastic lights, which can be used indoors in hallways, warehouses, and office spaces.
There are also steel lights that are available in a range of voltage and wattage capacities. These are ideal for warehouses and industrial facilities because they can provide sufficient illumination in large spaces.
There are also waterproof lights that can be positioned within walk-in freezers, outside the structure, and in other areas where temperatures and moisture conditions can cause damage to other types of lights.
Similarly, Class 1 Division 1 and 2 emergency lights are specifically designed to operate within hazardous locations — for instance, in areas where flammable gases are present.
Since people rely on exit lighting in an emergency, it needs to be supported by a backup power supply. This can be accomplished with an onsite generator or battery power that will kick in when the main power supply shuts down.