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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.

Edge-Lit Exit Signs

Exit signs are designed to be understandable and easily found by anyone.  They denote the closest emergency exit.  It’s estimated by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency that more than 100 million exit signs are in use today within the United States alone.

There are many types of exit signs.  If you are looking for minimum disruption of your building décor, we’d suggest an EdgeLit Exit Sign. EdgeLit Exit Signs offer quality, as well as attention to detail, often with rounded corners and soft finishes.

We offer the following EdgeLit Exit Signs , just to name a few!

Let us know if we can help you decide which Exit Sign is right for you!