View Full Version : Emergency lighting

03-29-2008, 01:28 PM
I was at my favorite store today (Lowes) and was looking at the emergency lighting. They had two types, one that plugs into a outlet and the other is hard wired, both are the same other then how they are hooked up. Can the plug in model be used or must the emergency lighting be hard wired? Also all the emergency lighting I have seen has a white outer caseing, can these be srayed black so they don't stand out so much or must they remain white? Thanks for any info up front.

Frighteners Entertainment
03-29-2008, 01:37 PM
You should be fine with either as long as the lights come on when the power is lost.
The casing coloring shouldn't make a difference.

Howie Slobber Erlich
03-29-2008, 02:17 PM
You should speak to your electrical and fire inspectors before making the purchase. If you are in a temporary location you will probably be allowed to use the plug in style. If you are in a permanent location, they will want you to use the hard wire style.

Howie "Slobber" Erlich
Deadly Intentions Haunted House

03-30-2008, 07:21 PM
We are a temporary structure and ours have to be hard wired in according to our electrical inspector. I have not painted them but i'm sure it would not matter what color they are. I do put little piece of gaff tape over the test light if it is in a dark hall or room and never have been told not to. Peace.

03-30-2008, 07:29 PM
Just make sure that they stay on if the power goes out. Also the covers should pop off. We painted ours black and even lightly sprayed the red to keep it from being so bright. But just go lightly on the red. Spray it to dark and you won't be able to see the exit word.

Phil Miller
03-30-2008, 09:34 PM
our haunt is required to have hardwire exit signs, 2 signs per exit, one 8" off the floor and one over the door.
Actors tend to un plug corded exit signs because they give away their scare so that's one good reason to hardwire. If your a tented haunt then your inspector may allow corded.
The cheapest place that I have found for exit lights is www.4exits.com, they have black sign that are LED, Exit/Flood combo for around $52 each, I bought some white mini LED Exit combos for $36 each, Home Depot has spray paint cans for plastic if you want to spray them black yourself.
they also have non electric, self powered exit signs that last 10 years.
Phil Miller Frightland, DE

Jim Warfield
03-31-2008, 06:12 AM
With the exit sign 8 inches off the floor I could see some people turning around in the dark or smoke because they know they couldn't bend down low enough to escape through an 8 inch doorway.
"This is channel 8 news , and it seems that the parking lot is filled with a great number of extremely small, short people who managed to escape the building on time."

03-31-2008, 12:46 PM
8'' off the floor, that sucks! Jims right, I would think it would get a little confusing. Now another question, the power may have to come from a generator, so when the power is off for the night the E lights will come on and drain down. I want to put in a toggle switch so as to disconnect the battery so it will not drain down. I don't want to have to remove the covers and do it. ( I'm lazy like that.lol.) Would this be a no,no. or would it be allowed? Thanks up front.

Jim Warfield
04-05-2008, 02:20 PM
when half this town would lose power my emergency lights come on, I used to panic after 15 minutes that I was ruining all of those batteries but the last ime I thought I would allow them to all stay on until they died and then see if they all recharged after the power came back. They did!
Maybe I was worrying about little or nothing all this time?
Moving a ladder around my place and yanking a wire off a battery After you pop the cover off is not a fun hobby I looked forward to doing about once every month or so.
Maybe someone reading this knows more about those batteries and keeping them ready and healthy than I do and would like to enlighten us?
A few Octobers ago when big sparks were shooting off the side of a local tavern, power was shut down for several hours while it got fixed and tours proceeded here because with all the emergency lights on I was the brightest, most lit up business in downtown Mount Carroll!
(Some other businesse's emergency lighting was very pathetic)

04-05-2008, 02:51 PM
Any one SHOULD work.

04-05-2008, 05:23 PM
It will drain down but when you start up your generator again it should power them back up.


04-13-2008, 05:12 AM
i was told by my fire marshall u had to have low level emergency lighting as well as hardwired exit signs ,maybe thats why he has exit signs 8" off the floor.