News and Information for Public Egress, Building Safety and Government Compliance
So you just received your new emergency light or lights. What do you do now? Install it of course. To install your unit, read the directions and consider the following for your emergency light’s longevity and your safety.
Electricity is Dangerous
For you do it yourselfers out there, the consequences of installing emergency lights can be great. Shocks, burns, fatal electrocution and falls due to contact with electricity are all realistic dangers. If you are unsure that you can do it on your own, get the help of an electrician. It is important to remember that the light is connected to main power lines.
Keep disconnected or disconnect from power source while working on your emergency lights. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised at the number of people who accidently neglect this detail.
A backup battery comes with most emergency. The main source of power comes from your electrical supply, while the battery powers the unit in case of fire or power outage. To avoid the unnecessary work of recharging your battery in the near future, it’s best to make fully charge batteries before installation. Usually this takes a day.
Out of Reach
Your emergency lights must be reliable. LED lights typically last up to 10 years before major maintenance, but even these reliable lights suffer if damaged. The best way to prevent damage is to install your emergency lights high up, out of the reach of people and machines.
Don’t mount emergency lights near heat. Although the copper wiring used to conduct electricity withstands extreme temperatures, the plastic coating surrounding the copper cannot. Most new plastic coating can withstand temperatures of 190 degrees. Yet it is easy to reach those temperatures as heat is already coming from the wires contained within the plastic.
Electrical wiring has been known to degrade even in warm attics. Without the protection of the plastic coating, the wire can malfunction and become a fire hazard.
To make installation easier, use flexible conduit instead of rigid conduit. Rigid conduit is hard to work with in tight spaces, and emergency lights are typically fastened tightly to the ceiling or wall. Before choosing the type of conduit, consult the manual or instructions included with your emergency lights. Typically, they will recommend flexible conduit, but this is not always the case.
Consult Your Manual
Installing your unit incorrectly creates unnecessary headaches in the future. By following the instructions carefully, you save yourself time in the long run.
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