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Emergency Light Placement Info

Emergency Light Placement

Where to Place Emergency Lights

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It is important to develop a plan for the most effective placement and use of your emergency lights before installation is done. Emergency lighting units are not cheap for any facility owner or manager, not only are you responsible for the cost effectiveness of your building, but you also have to do so according to all government regulations.


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In accordance with the numerous emergency lighting requirements that deal with placement, youíre insisted by law to install emergency lights in all areas where personnel are likely to be found, and all egress routes (exit routes/pathways) from the building, up to public area (sidewalks and streets) or safe assembly areas. This inherently means the following areas need to be lighted:

  • All work areas
  • All office, vestibules, and waiting areas
  • All corridors
  • All sales areas
  • All exterior walkways up to the public way
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Minimum Illumination Requirements

OSHA codes and regulations stipulate that the entire egress route be lighted to a minimum level of 1 candlepower measures at a height of 1 foot above the floor. It is important to consider this at all times before installation of any emergency lighting. The space between lighting models depends on the amount of light (measured in lumens) supplied by that particular lighting unit. As far as the actual light produced is depended on the wattage, voltage and efficiency of the bulb, we cannot provide you an accurate distance between fixtures, because every application calls for a different solution.

Emergency Lighting Requirements

Every area where visitors or personnel to the building are to be present must be illuminated by emergency lighting in the event of an emergency or complete power loss to the building. Inherently this means that all corridors to all exits must also be illuminated in conjunction with the exit doors themselves. In addition, walkways on the exterior of the facility leading from those egress points to a public way (sidewalks, streets) or a secure assembly area must also be lighted.

Emergency Light Placement

In conclusion any are where people are anticipated to be demands emergency lighting, this can lead to a large number of emergency light fixtures. While offices designed for single occupants may not required to install emergency lighting, they must have the corridor outside of the office properly lit. In Lager Rooms, such as a warehouse or industrial building, perimeter illumination of the room may not be enough. In these applications, lighting units will have to be interspersed throughout the room, either attached to the ceiling or columns.

In warehouse applications, which typically have high ceilings, its more commonsensical to attach the emergency lighting to the storage racks in the warehouse, roughly 10 feet above floor level. This prevents dissipation of the light before it reaches its destination, where it is needed most. Again, careful planning must be taken into consideration before mounting lights to your racks to insure that they will not become damaged during regular operation of the facility.

In corridors, emergency lights should be placed close enough to insure that light from one unit somewhat overlaps the next unit; essentially this will prevent an are from being below the minimum requirement levels.