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    Emergency lighting for small office

    I just take on a new office project.

    There are many small offices, each small office is about 180 sqft. Is there any code requirement to show that we need to provide emergency lighting?

    For example, if the area of small office is only 180 sqft, there are only three recessed LED lights. Is it necessary to use an emergency recessed LED light near the door? Is there any code requirement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Christian View Post
    I just take on a new office project.

    There are many small offices, each small office is about 180 sqft. Is there any code requirement to show that we need to provide emergency lighting?

    For example, if the area of small office is only 180 sqft, there are only three recessed LED lights. Is it necessary to use an emergency recessed LED light near the door? Is there any code requirement?
    You will need to check local building codes. Is there an Architect involved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
    You will need to check local building codes. Is there an Architect involved?
    Hi Roger,

    Thanks for your advice. I will check California building code. The architect only provide RCP and does not include emergency lighting for each office. I just want to double check whether we need to provide emergency lighting for office based on its real area.
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    I just read some articles about emergency lighting. "If the Open areas and other spaces with 2 or more means of egress, we should provide emergency lighting".

    Therefore, if the office has two doors, we need to provide emergency lighting. If not, we do not need to provide
    emergency lighting. Is my understanding correct?




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    Quote Originally Posted by David Christian View Post
    I just read some articles about emergency lighting. "If the Open areas and other spaces with 2 or more means of egress, we should provide emergency lighting".

    Therefore, if the office has two doors, we need to provide emergency lighting. If not, we do not need to provide
    emergency lighting. Is my understanding correct?



    See post #2.
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    Varies by municipality, but this illumination requirement is typically only required on egress paths. A small office may not apply. Ask your Arch for a Life Safety Plan.

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    I believe it's found in one of the fire code books. Fire marshal or fire code enforcement should be able to help.

    We used to use either bug-eyes (often a pack with 'Exit') or troffers that had the battery.

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    Hi David Christian,

    I believe that the primary codes you'll have to be concerned about are the NFPA 101:Life Safety Code, International Building Code (IBC), NFPA 110: Standby Power Systems, NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, NFPA 111: Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems, and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code.

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