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Fire Safety & Detection

At Emergency Lighting, we offer a variety of products beyond lighting.  Our goal is to have you covered in case of any kind of emergency.  Another important category of products we offer is fire safety & detection equipment.

For existing buildings, smoke detectors should be placed on every habitable level and within each bedroom.  New construction requires that emergency smoke detectors be hard wired into the building’s electrical system, have a dedicated battery backup,  and include an interconnect wire between them to sound all alarms in a network when one is triggered.

We are happy to see that regulations are shifting towards additional measures that will protect people in case of an emergency.  Please note that we offer carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide/smoke detector combos, and fire extinguishers.

It is important to check with your fire marshal or building inspector to ensure your facility is in full compliance.  Whatever your local codes require, you can get all the fire and safety detection equipment you might need from Emergency Lighting. To browse through our product, check out our fire and safety detection page. We have everything you need to keep your facility safe. Or, give us a call at 800-521-4045 and receive expert guidance from one of our knowledgeable reps.

What if Something Happened at the Super Bowl?

The stakes are high and the Super Bowl is being held at U.S. Bank Stadium this week.  But… what if something were to happen?

At Super Bowl XLVII, a power outage caused the biggest game of the year to be delayed 34 minutes.  The players felt they had lost their momentum. This was bad news for everyone – viewers at home, players, and fans at the stadium.  A loss of electricity also impacts things like temperature control, refrigerators, and other large systems that keep operations flowing smoothly.  So, what is the backup plan moving forward?

Emergency lighting

In short, an emergency light is a battery-backed lighting device that switches on automatically when a building experiences a power outage.  This has become mandatory in many large, commercial buildings.  It is typical nowadays to see LED lights rather than incandescent bulbs.

According to Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Minnesota is going to be tested very soon – the Super Bowl is one of the highest stakes events of the year.  They must ensure that everything is in place and every catastrophe has already been considered and allotted for.

Luckily, Emergency Lite Service Center provides all types of emergency lighting to keep people safe in case of an emergency. Its offerings include five different types of emergency lights, five different types of exit signs, and five different types of batteries. Clients of E.L.S.C. include N.A.S.A., 3M, Honeywell, The U.S. Army and Marine Corps, Amazon, Medtronic, U.S. Bank Stadium, McDonald’s, and many other companies and corporations that have high stakes. These companies are well aware that the best time to plan for the future is now.

And if there were to be a power outage for this year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the exit lights would be ready. We should know, after all, we provided the exit signs for US Bank Stadium.

T5 Emergency Ballast - ISL-54

Why the ISL-54?

T5 Emergency ballasts pack a strong punch within a 5/8ths inch cylinder. Though T5s are almost 40% smaller than T8s, they can often provide just as much or even more light. But what T5 emergency ballast should you choose? We dug into the subject and found a solid choice in the ISL-54 T5 emergency ballast.


For almost 50 years, Iota has offered powerful and versatile solutions to lighting. Their ISL-54 model of emergency ballast continues the trend. The system allows facilities to use the same fixture for emergencies and regular operation. When the power fails, the IL-54 will switch to its emergency mode and continue to give light for 90 minutes. It uses battery backup power to do this, which fully recharges itself after 24 hours.

Aside from quickly adapting to emergency and non-emergency statuses, the ISL-54 can accommodate most two to four feet T5 and T8 fluorescent lamps.


Included with the ISL-54 system is a Ni-Cad battery. These types of batteries not only have a long life, usually 7 to 10 years, but they are also resistant to high temperatures. This is particularly important when it comes to fluorescent lamps, which produce a lot of heat.


The ISL-54 T5 emergency ballast can be had for under $200 and has a high lumen output. With a 54W T5 lamp, this emergency ballast can produce up to 825 lumens, helping you light a space with fewer lamps and fixtures, which save you money.

To learn more about the ISL-54 T5 emergency ballast, check out our product page, which gives a full breakdown of the features.

Dual-Lite LTURW Emergency Light Combo

The Power Of Bundling

Thanks to a steady diet of cell phone and T.V. ads, you’ve probably heard of bundling, but it isn’t just telecoms offering bundles. With emergency lighting, you save by combining purchases of products. The most common bundle is the combo emergency light—half exit sign and half emergency light.

Which Combo Light Is The Best?

That’s a bit of a loaded question. The ideal emergency light usually depends upon your facility. However, there are quite a few high value systems that can serve a range of facilities. One of those is the Dual-Lite LTURW combo.

Great Value for Indoor Use

The model offers great durability for indoor use. Its UV stable thermoplastic housing offers protection against dust and dampness. It also meets applicable standards set in UL 924, NFPA 70 and NFPA 101 guidelines. In the event of a power outage you can expect it to last at least 90 minutes, offering sufficient time for individuals to evacuate a building.

The Battery

Designed to be maintenance free, the lead-calcium battery also helps with longevity. By using lead-calcium instead of just lead, the battery becomes less prone to dry out. They also are better adapted to colder temperatures.


The combo light uses both halogens and LEDS. For the dual head emergency light, the Dual-Lite-LTURW uses two halogen lamps. While the exit sign relies on LEDs. The benefits of the lighting system offer economy. The halogens use little energy and the LEDs even less.  To reduce operational costs, customers can go with the LTURW-03L model, which uses 3W LEDs instead of the two halogen lamps.


The Dual-Lite LTURW series offers multiple options for customization. Choose between red and green lettering and black or white housing. Include self-diagnostic testing , damp location listed models, fire alarm panel interface and more.


The Dual-Lite LTURW pairs versatility with value. You can have the standard model for under $160 dollars. To learn more about the model, check out its specs.

Wet Location Emergency Light – What You Need To Know

Wet Location Emergency Light

Electricity and water don’t mix. That’s why your emergency lighting needs to be ready for storms or daily exposure to moisture. Enter wet location emergency lighting.

All About The Enclosure

The main difference between wet location emergency light and regular equipment comes down to the enclosure housing the components vulnerable to water. Manufacturers of wet location emergency light design these enclosures to be air tight, durable and resistant to wear, but not all enclosures are equal. Some will perform fine under some conditions, while others won’t be tough enough.

NEMA Ratings

Before deciding on any wet location emergency light, you should make sure it has a NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturer Association) rating. For almost a century, NEMA has been creating standards to keep electrical materials safe from water, dust, dirt and inclement weather. Today government entities use these guidelines from NEMA to create their rules. By using NEMA rated emergency light, you’ll be on your way to creating a safe facility.

NEMA Enclosure Types

NEMA rated enclosures are the standard, but there are several different ratings designed to meet specific environmental conditions. Sixteen of the NEMA ratings protect from moisture among other things. These ratings set the specifications of some heavy duty equipment with resistance to oil, harsh weather, ice formation, temporary submersion, dust and foreign objects. For most facilities, many of these protections aren’t necessary.

Many wet location emergency lights only have ratings for indoor use and provide protection from falling dirt, dripping or splashing water. For most emergency lights located indoors this is enough to ensure the longevity of the system and the safety of nearby persons. However, for outdoor use or caustic environments, you should familiarize yourself with the different ratings to ensure you find a system strong enough to handle the dangers of your facility’s environment. Fortunately, NEMA made it easy for consumers with this simple guide.

Still have questions about NEMA and wet location lighting? Don’t worry. Our team has been in the business for over 30 years, and they’re happy to help you find what you need. Browse through our wet location emergency lighting today and give us a call. Our team of specialists will help you determine the type of light that fits your need.

Maintained Emergency Lighting Definition

What Is Maintained Emergency Lighting?

The lengthy name makes this type of system seem complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. Maintained emergency lighting is a luminary system that remains on at all times, even when there isn’t an emergency.

What’s Special About This Type of System?

To get a better understanding of the definition of maintained emergency lighting, you need to know about its opposite, non-maintained emergency lighting. Non-maintained emergency lighting is usually off, and only turns on when the regular lighting system and its power systems have failed.

The non-maintained emergency lighting uses backup power in case of an emergency like a fire or power outage. These systems are special because they use both backup and regular power sources to remain lit at all times, including emergencies.

Why Maintained Emergency Lighting Systems?

Few facilities benefit from these systems. Most offices, schools, shops and other buildings use non-maintained emergency lighting. However, large assembly spaces, like auditoriums, movie theaters and night clubs use this type of lighting. These spaces need to have emergency lighting just as schools, shops and offices, but they don’t need as much day-to-day lighting as them. To get more bang for their buck, theaters, auditoriums and clubs use their emergency lighting to illuminate spaces.

These spaces also enjoy the benefit of simplified maintenance. With non-maintained systems, facility managers need to regularly test the equipment to see if it will work in the event of an emergency. Testing is the only way to find out if a luminary works for them, but for a facility with maintained emergency lighting, facility managers can immediately see when a luminary has failed.

What System Is Right For You?

There’s no one size fits all when it comes to emergency lighting. Depending on the facility, your needs will be different. Ultimately you want what’s practical. Our team has been in emergency lighting for over 30 years. For help understanding legal requirements or lighting options, give them a call today. They’ll lead you to the right solutions for you.

Emergency Lighting Guide

The Emergency Lighting Roundup

Emergency lighting is complex. To simplify it all, we dug up a few resources from our archives and sniffed out some of the best tips we could find from emergency lighting experts, creating a useful emergency lighting guide.


Emergency Lighting Rules

There’s plenty of strange language, complex rules and details when it comes to emergency lighting. These resources will help you get a good hold on them.

  • A foot candle, what is that? In this overview, we give the basic guidelines your emergency lighting needs to meet.
  • What are the codes you need to follow?


Maintaining Your Emergency Lighting Systems

Maintaining an emergency lighting system may seem daunting, but it is a must to avoid liability and meet regulations. Here are a few helpful resources to get you started.

  • Is your facility a church, hospital or apartment? This resource breaks down a few helpful tidbits for each type of facility.
  • Your emergency lighting needs to undergo regular tests to stay up to code. These emergency lighting testing tips will help you get started.
  • The Electrical Construction & Maintenance Magazine put out a robust article on managing emergency lighting systems a number of years back. It covers codes, emergency lighting tests and offers tips on how to maximize your emergency lighting investment.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Batteries

Batteries are expensive. That’s why you need to get the most out of them. Over the past year and a half, we’ve delved into the topic. Here are just a few of the nuggets we found.

  • The manufacturer’s estimates for battery longevity often fall short. Here’s why.
  • What type of battery do you have? Nickel-metal hydride? Nickel-cadmium? SLAs or VRLAs? Find out how long you can expect each battery type to last.
  • A few tips on how to get the most out of your batteries.


Emergency Lighting Installation

To make installing emergency lighting just a bit easier, we’ve hunted up a few resources to help.

  • A Few things you should consider before installing exit signs or emergency lighting.
  • One of the best ways to learn about something is to see it done with your own eyes. That’s why the series from ExitSign 250 is a great place to learn about emergency lighting installation. Ran by a safety fanatic, this YouTube channel will also show you how to install other emergency equipment to get your facility ready for danger or future inspections.


For even more info on emergency lighting systems, check out our blog, or give us a call. One of our experts will be happy to help!

Emergency Lighting Inverters

Why Emergency Lighting Inverters?

According to Inside Energy, the five year annual average of outages doubles every five years in the U.S.  Whether the power outages derive from minor incidents or catastrophic situations like a fire, your emergency lighting needs to be ready.

Meeting Requirements

Inverters help provide uninterrupted power to lighting systems in the event of an outage. This is important for facilities because emergency lighting must remain lit for at least 90 minutes when the power goes out. They also help facilities meet NFPA’s life safety requirements and UL’s 924 code, two standards your systems must meet.

How They Help

You can buy emergency lighting units with backup batteries, which can meet the requirements without an inverter. Depending on the size and makeup of your facility, you may need more power to meet demand. Usually this comes from a backup generator or battery sets connected via diodes. The inverter helps provide power by converting electricity to a useable format. Facilities use alternating current, while the backup (emergency) power generally comes from a direct current. The inverter will convert the DC power to an alternating current, allowing your facility to continue functioning as it had before the outage.

Getting The Right Inverter

The costs of inverters can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars. You may easily be able to get by with a low cost solution, but before you decide, it’s good to get a second opinion before making a big investment. Whether you want to go at the shopping process alone or consult a guide, you should ensure each inverter you look has two very important listings: NFPA 101 and UL924. To meet inspection and avoid liability, your backup power system will need to at a minimum pass these codes.

To find the perfect inverter for your facility, we encourage you to give us a call. Our team has been working with emergency lighting inverters for over 30 years. They can help you find the inverter you need to meet your needs at the right cost. Just give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.

Iota Mini Inverter

Iota Mini Inverters

It can be easy to take emergency lighting for granted. After all, it’s only there for emergencies, but what happens when an emergency comes? If your emergency lighting equipment is ready, you’ll have the necessary illumination to guide individuals to safety. Inverters are one of the key pieces of equipment used in emergencies.

The Case For Inverters

In situations of power failure, your emergency lighting needs to kick in 10 seconds after the lights go out. An inverter will store power for such cases and feed much needed juice to lighting fixtures and lamps. Though your inverter shouldn’t need to be used often, it will play an important role in safety.

The Cost

As far as inverters go, the costs can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. For this reason, you’ll want an inverter you now will last, like Iota inverters. These inverters are UL certified, which means they’ve passed stringent standards and even exceeded them. Having one of these inverters could save your facility and personnel from serious harm and protect your organization from liability.

Why Iota

Iota inverters provide a level of reliability and sophistication you need in your emergency lighting. They will automatically run a variety of lamps and fixture types. They’ll also automatically run switched, normally-on, or normally-off fixtures. Last of all, they lengthy warranties from the manufacturer—three year warranty and a seven year warranty on the battery. Your iota inverter will be ready for emergencies years down the road.

You can learn more about Iota inverters from our products page, or you can give us a call at 763-542-3155.

Emergency Lighting Testing

Emergency Lighting Test Guide

You might think your days of tests ended with school, but you’re wrong. Even though you retired your number two pencil years ago, leaving only the memories of filling in those nasty little alphabetized bubbles, the ominous aura of tests follows. For emergency lighting, passing the test can be easy, if you know the rules.

Look Into NFPA Guidelines

Unfortunately, there are a lot of rules, and depending on what facility you’re talking about and where this facility rests, the rules can be quite different.  Start with the NFPA guidelines. OSHA and a number of other regulators across the country use these guidelines as their rules.  In fact, every state uses their NFPA 70 code and 43 use their 101 guidelines.

Lighting To Egress

Highlighted in NFPA 101, the requirement for illuminated pathways all the way to an exit is pretty standard. This rule will apply no matter the state or facility. It’s also likely you’ll need to go even further. Changes in direction to an exit, such as turns in a hallway, must be marked clearly.

90 Minutes

Your lighting needs to stay lit for 90 minutes or more during an emergency or power outage. These 90 minutes of light give the needed time for individuals to evacuate.

The Transfer

When the lights go out, your emergency lighting needs to be ready. The transfer must be automatic and replace normal lighting within 10 seconds. Anything short of these standards will likely result in a failed test for your emergency lighting, leaving your facility open to greater liability.

Foot Candle

To pass most code, your emergency lighting must provide one foot candle of initial light. A foot candle is a measurement of light coming from a single source. A light offering a foot candle of light would cast a glow on an object a foot away. Your emergency lighting will most likely need to maintain an average of .1 to 1 foot candle. Last of all, the light must shine on the pathway to the exit.

Specialty Lighting

Depending on your situation, you’ll need to have lights specifically adapted to your area’s natural hazards. For wet or damp locations, you’ll need NEMA lights and exit signs. For areas susceptible to flames, explosions or vandalism, you’ll need emergency lights and exit signs that meet the location’s demands.

Nailing down all the rules can be a tough task, but you don’t have to gather all the answers by yourself. Get the help of our team who has over 30 years of experience in emergency lighting.