Outdoor Emergency Lighting
Even the temperate parts of the nation have seen windy, blustery weather this year, with the terrifying experience of the loss of power and outdoor emergency lighting suddenly appearing from retail shops and theaters.
It used to be that it emergency lighting was helpful for guiding people safely out of a darkened building. Now it is not only important, but required for commercial buildings, to guide people from the exit of the building to a safer location.
Benefit to Private Residences
There is yet another rainy, windy collection of bad weather in your area and suddenly the power goes out. People need to get out to their car and there is no safe way for them to go without lights– or is there?
Of course, you have a few solar lights scattered around the yard, but that is not nearly enough for this situation. If you have installed outdoor emergency lighting, you and your guests can draw a sigh of relief as you walk outside guided by the light.
Although it would be stretching to say the lighting is a fashion accessory for any building or yard, it saves lives, making it beautiful in every person’s eyes. You can find various shapes, such as rectangular, round, square and even architectural designs that are fashioned to fit on walls, poles and corners.
One LED secondary source fits above the doors on the outside of the building and lights the area in temperatures as low as 4 degrees below zero (F). It can guide people along the path of your garden, keep them away from the pool, or highlight bumps, blocks, and retaining walls.
Recommended Places for Installation
Positioning this type of lighting has several recommended guidelines and definitions, including the definition of a safe public area or public way. It is a parcel of land, such as an alley or street, which is typically dedicated to public use and has clear height and width.
Just as exit signs light up in buildings and illuminated track lighting runs along the floors or railings of theaters and hospitals, points of egress have an emergency lighting requirement.
Lighting, required by the NFPA Life Safety Code, is also subject to the Universal Building code requirements. Both emergency and non-emergency paths are included in this mandate. You may have noticed emergency lights on poles, operating on normal power, but designed to operate on batteries if the power fails.
Safety and Advancement
Installation of outdoor emergency lighting is done with a Ground-Fault circuit to protect against fire when the ground connection is lost. Fluorescent lamps reduce maintenance, saving costs, and increase efficiency. A smaller battery consisting of nickel cadmium lasts longer than the traditional battery.
Ratings and Features
According to the National Electric Code, the two areas for outdoor emergency lighting are wet and damp.
Wet Areas – Used with complete exposure to weather; fully sealed to prevent water from entering the unit. These units are ideal for indoor and outdoor lighting, resist dampness caused by snow and rain, and provide bright lights thanks to halogen lamps. Battery heaters are available for wet area lighting subject to freezing temperatures.
Damp Areas – Used when lights are partially or completely protected from rain and snow, such as an alcove by the porch. Although protected from moisture, complete sealing is not required.
Outdoor emergency lighting for your property is important because it lights up the outside area. Plan your lighting design ahead of time so family can exit your home safely, providing the ability to prepare for any hazards when all is dark.
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