Home Security and Safety – Don’t forget the Basics

Home security isn’t just locks on a door or an alarm system. It’s also about feeling safe, and one of the simplest ways to do that is to have adequate lighting. While many homes are well-lit, they are limited by one thing, having a home that is connected to a functioning power grid. As recent events in Texas have shown, even living in a modern, first world city does not protect against long lasting power outages.

Having working lighting is something we all take for granted. It allows up to see what is going on around our house, and allows us to move safely from room to room. It also lets others know that this house is occupied, and that visitors (especially unwanted visitors) will easily be seen.

The best lighting is lighting that you don’t have to think about. Easily and affordably improve security and safety by adding emergency lighting to your home. Even during a power outage the following products let you see what’s going on and allow you to safely navigate your surroundings.

Our Emergency Table Lamp provides easy emergency lighting for up to 200 hours, but can also be picked up and used as a portable light source. As an added feature, it can be used as a battery source for any other device that can charge from USB, USB-C, micro-USB or lighting connectors (via included 3-in-1 USB charging cable). It even includes a bottom hook for easy mounting, so setting up several of these for lighting larger areas is a snap.

Even a basic source of lighting, such as a flashlight, can be invaluable and provide a much needed sense of security. View our entire line of residential emergency lighting products. Some of these lights even stay permanently plugged in (to stay charged) and turn on automatically in the event of power failure.

Finally, make sure you know:

1) Where your emergency lights are located. Make sure you return your lights to where they belong after use.

 2) That the battery is charged. Regularly check that the emergency light works (once a quarter). Even though a device is plugged in, it may not be getting power, for example (imagine fumbling around in the dark for a flashlight or, even worse, batteries).

With a little bit of planning you will find that surprisingly affordable solutions are available to help keep your home safe and secure, and well lit.

For additional safety and security suggestions, please check out the following article we were featured in at https://www.redfin.com/blog/fortify-home-without-alarm/.

The Exit Light Company, Inc.

The Exit Light Co., Inc. Expands Mid-West Operations

In May we moved our operations in Wichita to a new, larger location in order to better serve our Mid-West customer base. The increased space allows us to stock more SKU’s at higher volume. As always, we still ship most orders same day and are dedicated to providing life-safety equipment to you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if we can assist you with your emergency lighting needs.

Emergency Lights for Homes

The Exit Light Company is proud to feature a selection of Emergency Lighting for Homes. These multi-purpose lanterns and flashlights are kept ready through standard AC outlet or USB charging ports, and can provide hours of light in the event of power outages. For longer outages, they can be further recharged with USB power banks or direct solar.

Home Emergency Lighting

These multi-function devices are useful for more than just emergency backup lighting. They provide plenty of light for camping and hiking, or can even function as everyday work/task lights, as well.

Power Outage at Home – Are You Prepared?

Many of us have been in a situation when the power goes out at home. Sometimes this happens during daylight hours, but it can also happen at night. In most cases power is restored within an hour or two, but in extreme cases the outage may last for several hours or even days.   In 2019 alone, power outages have left over 15 million people without power in the United States alone (eia.gov) .  This can be due to storm damage, rolling blackouts (in place in several states throughout the U.S.) or even massive power grid failures. In public areas and workplaces, laws require emergency preparedness for the safety of the public, but are you prepared at home?

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Emergency Lighting and UL 924 – What do you need to know?

Understanding the UL 924 standards

While shopping for emergency lighting fixtures or exit signs, you have probably seen that many products come with a label or description that says “UL 924 listed”. In this post, we’re going to briefly discuss what UL 924 means, what the UL 924 requirements are, and why Emergency Exit Signs and Lights with this certification are encouraged. 

What does UL 924 mean?

The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is an independent testing organization established in 1894 that provides testing and safety certifications for all types of products, components and materials. UL 924 is the Underwriters Laboratory “Standard for Safety of Emergency Lighting and Power Equipment.”

When you see “UL 924 Listed” or “UL Listed”, this means that a product and all of its components have been tested and reviewed by the Underwriters Laboratory, and has been certified to meet or exceed specific safety and fire hazard codes required for all commercial properties in the United States.*

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Exit Sign Mounting Configurations Explained

When deciding what type of exit signs or emergency lights to purchase, mounting configuration can play a very important role. To those not familiar with mounting configurations, the terminology can be very confusing. The following photos will help you not only to understand what each term means, but will clarify which mounting configuration is best for your installation.

Flush Mount / Wall Mount:

Does not involve the use of mounting canopy.  Units typically have knock-out pattern on back plate to mount directly to junction box. (May also allow for “Ceiling Mount” in emergency light fixtures only.)

Wall Mount Exit Sign

Ceiling Mount:

Typically requires use of mounting canopy from top of fixture. Some units may further specify Drop Ceiling/New Construction or Sheet Rock/Remodel applications. Use of ceiling mount for exit signage may require double face. (May also allow for “Wall Mount” in emergency light fixtures only.)

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Emergency Lighting 101 – Crash Course

Emergency Lighting encompasses Emergency Light Fixtures, Exit Signs, Exit Sign + Light Combos and more. These units often go unnoticed until they are needed. Neglecting your facilities emergency lighting is a decision that could put you in risk of fine, legal action or serious danger for you or your patrons. What rules govern emergency lighting? What should I know post-purchase?

There are a number of regulations or codes that are imposed on Emergency Lights and Exit Signs from various authorities such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Additionally, your local jurisdiction may impose their own codes and requirements for emergency lighting. Your local Fire Marshal or Inspector is your go-to resource for understanding these code requirements.

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The Exit Light Co. Launches New Website

We are happy to announce that over the New Year we updated our ExitLightCo.com website.  If you’ve visited our site in the past, you will notice some major differences.  Our goal is to provide an exceptional Customer Experience through our easy to use website.  In this post, we will highlight some of the major changes that were made.

Condensed Products

In an effort to simplify the process of finding the Emergency Lighting or Egress Lighting product of choice, we have condensed many products that used to have their own individual listing, into one individual listing for all available options.  For example, our top selling Exit Sign is the “Standard Red LED Exit Sign | White or Black Housing“.  This Exit Sign has a number of options, such as ordering the unit in white or black and choosing the Operation Type of the exit sign.  Continue reading “The Exit Light Co. Launches New Website” »

CEC and Title 20 – New Regulations for Emergency Lighting

Newer Lighting Regulations have come to California under Title 20.  What is Title 20?  Who Created it? Keep reading to find the answer.

What is the CEC? The CEC (California Energy Commission) is the state of California’s primary energy policy and planning agency. It is focused on reducing energy costs and the environmental impacts of energy use—such as greenhouse gas emissions— while ensuring a safe, resilient, and reliable supply of energy. While the CEC has regulatory authority for most products sold or offered for sale in the state of California, its policies impact products produced for other regions as well.

What is Title 20? Title 20 is a part of the CEC’s Appliance Efficiency Regulations, from the California Code of Regulations.  The California Energy Commission adopted new standards updating the 2015 Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20) for lighting appliances. The first updates to this set of Regulations was released in January 2018 and Tier 2 will be effective July 1, 2019. Continue reading “CEC and Title 20 – New Regulations for Emergency Lighting” »

A switch to led lighting met amazing results in one Indian Factory

This week in an “All Things Considered” story from NPR, we learned a good lesson in Energy Efficiency from a factory in India that switched its clothing factory from fluorescent light tubes to energy efficient LED lights. Generally, factories in India don’t have fans, Air Conditioning none the less. When a company representative visiting the factory realized the hot temperature that thousands of workers had to endure, he knew something had to change. The whole factory removed its fluorescent lighting, and replaced the factory with LEDs. What was the expectation of switching to LED lighting? The Company Representative stated : “Look, if you’re consuming a seventh of the energy, you’re probably dissipating something like a seventh of the heat as well.” It was expected that a swith to LED lighting would reduce the temperature inside the factory. What results did this experiment result in?

Switching to LEDs did indeed prove to reduce the factories temperature. The evidence shows that a switch to LED lighting reduced the temperature of the factory by over 4 degrees. This switch resulted in a boost in profits due to increased productivity, covering the cost of replacing the fluorescent lighting fixtures in just eight months. Continue reading “A switch to led lighting met amazing results in one Indian Factory” »