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Discussed in this article : Step by Step Instructions on How to Connect a Compatible Remote Head to an Emergency Light

Tools Needed:

  1. Wire Strippers. Any type of electrical wire strippers will work; preferably with a 10-18 AWG.
  2. Low Voltage Wire. Take in mind that the gauge (thickness) of the wire can determine how far the remote head can be installed from the emergency light. It is recommended to use a voltage drop calculator to ensure proper voltage.
  3. Wire Connectors. 72B or 73B wire connectors are recommended.
  4. Turn off the circuit. Never attempt to install an exit sign on a live circuit. Rather, turn off the power at the panel and follow lockout/tagout procedure.

1. Check Compatibility:

  • Ensure that the remote head you're using is compatible with the emergency light. Verify the remote head's voltage and capacity by checking the battery voltage.

2. Prepare Low Voltage Wire:

  • Strip the ends of the low voltage wire using wire strippers. Use the appropriate wire gauge for the connection.

3. Identify Remote Head Wires:

  • Examine the remote head's labeled wires. These may be marked as positive and negative or have color codes such as yellow and blue/purple, or red and black.

4. Connect Low Voltage Wire to Remote Head:

  • If necessary, strip the ends of the wires from the remote head.
  • Attach your prepared low voltage wire to the remote head's wires.
  • Ensure a secure connection by tugging gently on the wires.

5. Emergency Light Wires for Additional Remote Heads:

  • If your remote head-capable emergency light supports multiple remote heads, identify the labeled wires for connecting additional remote heads.

6. Splice and Twist Wires:

  • Splice and twist the corresponding wires from the emergency light for additional remote heads.

7. Connect Battery to Circuit Board:

  • If needed, connect the battery to the circuit board of the emergency light.

8. Feed Wires Through Plate:

  • Knock out one of the cutouts on the back plate of the emergency light to feed the wires through.

9. Attach Back Plate:

  • Once all necessary wires are fed through, snap the back plate of the emergency light in place.

10. Wire Remote Heads:

  • Wire the two remote heads to the appropriate low voltage wires of the emergency light.
  • Connect the negative wire of the remote head to the negative wire of the emergency light, and connect the positive wire of the remote head to the positive wire of the emergency light.
  • Again, ensure a secure connection by tugging gently on the wires.

11. Power Up the System:

  • Once all connections are secure, connect the emergency light to power.
  • Test to see if the emergency light powers the remote head(s) correctly.

12. Final Checks:

  • Verify that all connections are secure and properly insulated to prevent any potential hazards.

By following these steps, you can successfully connect a remote head to an emergency light, ensuring reliable and safe operation.