The Canadian National Building Code, which was created in 2010, lists requirements for emergency lighting for commercial and public buildings in the case of a power outage. There are Canadian Emergency Lights, created for installation in these buildings, as a separate light source than the normal building lighting, and for automatic use in the case of power outage. All of the emergency lights are CSA Listed for use in the United States AND Canada. You can be confident in the compliance of our emergency lights for use in Canada. Pick any model, compliance is assured!
The lighting units are battery powered, running off of an internal rechargeable battery. All the emergency lights within a building are connected to the building’s power grid; usually on their own circuit. When the units are installed, the batteries needs to fully charge, an activity that can take up to 3-1/2 hour, depending upon the model and options.
There is circuitry within the lighting unit that charges the battery and maintains it charged at all times, pulling AC power from the building and converting it to DC for this purpose. The same circuit board senses when the building’s power has been cut, automatically turning on the lights.
The lamps themselves are located in adjustable lamp heads, which allow the beam to be focused and directed to the walkway that you are trying to illuminate. These are low voltage DC bulbs, because they need to draw their power from the battery. The battery in these units is sized to provide enough power to keep the lamps illuminated for a minimum of thirty minutes, without any loss of illumination
All exit routes from the building or facility are required to be illuminated in the case of power loss. The normally acceptable illumination level is 1 foot-candle of illumination, measured at a distance of 1 foot above the floor. Depending upon your municipality, the 1 foot-candle illumination specification can either be considered an average or a requirement throughout the exit route.
The adjustable heads on Canadian Emergency Lights allow you to point the beam of light directly down the center of the corridor. Some models even allow for turning one lamp head to shine around a corner, allowing you to illuminate a short corridor without the addition of another lighting unit.
Canadian Emergency Lights are tested by and listed with CSA. Even so, once installed, you are required to perform monthly and annual tests of their function.
Should a unit fail to pass the monthly or annual test, it must be repaired. The most common repairs are replacement of bulbs and batteries. For this reason, a stock of bulbs and batteries should be maintained in your maintenance department. Other components, like transformers and circuit boards are much less likely to need replacement.