The Inspection Bureau, Inc.

"Electrical Safety Since 1888"
Serving Cincinnati, Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky


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INSPECTION BUREAU, INC.
250 WEST COURT STREET
  SUITE 125 W
CINCINNATI , OHIO 45202

(513) 381-6080
FAX:  (513) 381-6123

“Electrical Safety Since 1888”

EMERGENCY LIGHTING

UNAPPROVED FIELD CONDITIONS

OBC & NEC REQUIREMENTS

Emergency lights do not operate upon failure of egress lights.
Egress lighting shall be connected to an emergency electrical system. OBC 2702.2.4, 1006.3, NEC 700.12(F)
Emergency lights installed, no egress lights installed. Provide egress lighting in accordance with OBC 1006.1, 1006.3, NEC 700.16
Egress lights can be switched to “Off” by unauthorized persons while the building is occupied.

Egress lighting shall provide the required illumination at all times that the area is occupied.

(NOTE: At all times can be accomplished by using key switches, 24 hr. circuits, locating egress lighting switches in areas inaccessible to unauthorized persons or other approved means. Where panelboards are accessible to unauthorized persons, egress lighting shall be locked on and identified as “Emergency Lighting”.)

OBC 1006.1, NEC Art. 110.22, 700.16, 700.20, 700.21

Explanation of terms

Installers and designers frequently refer to “Egress Lights” and “Emergency Lights” as if the two terms are interchangeable.  They are not.

“Egress Lights” are lighting fixtures connected to the normal power supply system and are to function at all times the area is occupied.

“Emergency Lights” are (typically) battery type emergency unit equipment that provide no illumination until failure of the egress light circuit.  These fixtures serve as “backup” for the egress lights. Together they form an Emergency Lighting System.

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