Choosing the Right Emergency and Exit Lights for Your Building

Posted June 20, 2023 by Koorsen Fire & Security


When it comes to fire safety in a building, emergency and exit lights, play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of occupants. With numerous options on the market, selecting the appropriate emergency and exit lights can be a challenging task. To simplify the process, it is important to keep certain factors in mind.

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  1. Code Requirements: It is important to ensure that the emergency and exit lights you choose meet the local and national code requirements for your building. This includes requirements for the type of light, the duration of illumination, and the placement of the lights.

  2. Building Layout: The layout of your building will influence the number and placement of emergency and exit lights required. Consider the size and shape of the building, the location of exits, and the path of egress when choosing the right emergency and exit lights.

  3. Power Source: Emergency and exit lights are available with either battery or AC-powered options. Battery-powered lights are ideal for buildings without a reliable power source, while AC-powered lights are a good choice for buildings with a reliable power source.

  4. Illumination: The brightness and duration of illumination are important factors to consider when choosing the right emergency and exit lights. Ensure that the lights you choose will provide adequate illumination for the duration required by code.

  5. Reliability: The reliability of the emergency and exit lights is critical in the event of a fire. Choose lights with a good track record of reliability and a warranty that covers the lights and batteries.

  6. Cost: The cost of emergency and exit lights can vary widely, so it is important to consider your budget when choosing the right lights for your building. Choose lights that meet your budget while still providing the level of protection the code requires.

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Choosing the right emergency and exit lights for your building is a critical decision that will impact the safety of building occupants in the event of a fire. Consider the code requirements, building layout, power source, illumination, reliability, and cost when choosing the right lights for your building. To learn more about local codes regarding emergency and exit lights, contact Koorsen today.

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Disclaimer: The information in this article is for informational purposes only. It is believed to be reliable, but Koorsen Fire & Security assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this article. It does not constitute professional advice. The user of this article or the product(s) is responsible for verifying the information's accuracy from all available sources, including the product manufacturer. The authority having jurisdiction should be contacted for code interpretations.