The StairLite System is designed to satisfy all stairwell lighting requirements in one easy to install package. StairLite consists of a surface mounted, two lamp fluorescent lighting fixture that incorporates an integrally mounted ultrasonic motion detector, a system display panel, and an optional full battery backup. The StairLite System will deliver vastly reduced operating and maintenance costs due to virtually no power consumption. It will enhance the usefulness, safety, and reliability of any emergency lighting system. The StairLite System is designed for use in stairwells or any other area of a building where the occupancy level or usage factor would be considered minimal.