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The other night I was out in the shop using a power saw, and had several other electrical loads on the same branch circuit, including a couple of space heaters. Circuit breaker popped, and it left me standing in the center of the shop in total darkness. (I bought a 100 Ft roll of 12 Gauge Romex a while back, to separate the power outlets from the lighting circuit. Obviously I should have completed that job sooner). Big Grin
I honestly have not found myself in complete blackout darkness in a very long time. Fortunately I was only about 20 feet from the walkout door, (which I could not see, but I knew it was straight to my left, and thankfully there were no obstacles between it and myself). Aside from making a mental note that it may be a good idea to keep a cellphone or a penlight in my pocket while working out there at night, I decided I need to install some emergency lighting, in case a power outage or other issue were to occur.

Most hotels and large businesses, stores, etc. have battery-powered emergency lights that are constantly charging from being hardwired to the AC power, and they only turn on when the power source drops out. When I was shipboard in the Navy, we called them battle lanterns. Any of you guys have something like this in your garage, shop or home? Looking for recommendations, as this is one of those things that you just hope will work if and when it is supposed to. Thanks in advance for advice.

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My advice is to get a UL approved fixture at a minimum and better yet get a NYC approved fixture. With these 2 approvals it's likely made in the USA.


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There are a bunch, this is first one that popped up on search for back up emergency lighting.
https://www.amazon.com/Lithoni...Z0NsaWNrPXRydWU&th=1


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With rechargeable battery backup also.

9.6V maintenance-free, rechargeable NiCd battery

https://www.warehouse-lighting...ntegral-remote-heads
 
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As Curly1 posted the Lithonia EM lights are good quality.

I would also install one of these over that outside egress door.

https://www.amazon.com/Lithoni...st_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1

When wiring these up make sure to use the shops general lighting circuit.

I did a locker room remodel at a USPS facility and questioned the no it all guy in charge why he wanted to tie them into the receptible circuit for the area. He told me to do what was on the print. Well OK then. About two months later we got a T&M extra to go back and change them over to the lighting circuit after a maintenance man tripped the lighting circuit and there were no lights in the locker rooms.
 
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The “no it all guy” was right, he/you get paid to build it per the design and or approved drawings. You got a T&M ticket and he/the GC or CM got a change order.[FLASH_VIDEO] [/FLASH_VIDEO]


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The “no it all guy” was right, he/you get paid to build it per the design and or approved drawings. You got a T&M ticket and he/the GC or CM got a change order.[FLASH_VIDEO] [/FLASH_VIDEO]


Yea Ed after 30+ years I was just trying to head off a future problem but nobody at the job meeting figured that one out. They thought the EM lights were only needed if the whole facility lost power.
 
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Understand but after 40 years I’ve learned and I tell all my guys…when in doubt build what’s on the drawings and you’ll never be wrong.


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With rechargeable battery backup also.

9.6V maintenance-free, rechargeable NiCd battery

https://www.warehouse-lighting...ntegral-remote-heads


Thanks TD, that one is exactly what I have in mind. It is NYC and UL Listed, only draws 5 watts to maintain battery charge. Website does not say where it is manufactured. Downloaded the spec sheet, no mention of origin. Assuming that means it is Chinese. I submitted a request for country of manufacture, and told them if that one is domestic, I will buy it. And if it is offshore, to please identify one that is Made in the USA.


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Check that the housing is metal too


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Understand but after 40 years I’ve learned and I tell all my guys…when in doubt build what’s on the drawings and you’ll never be wrong.

Have you ever seen a print call for 16’ of fluorescent lighting on a 14’ wall? I have and if I cut a hole in the wall for the other 2’ of lighting to stick through I am sure I would be in the wrong. Engineers screw up too but usually don’t get blamed
 
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NO and I've built MILLIONS of square feet and hundreds of stories. Yes engineers and architects screw up and are held accountable by owners, CMs and GCs in my world


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From what I've read incandescent and LED lights can charge solar powered lights. A couple of solar LED spotlights that detect darkness or motion would be a cheap solution. For about $20 each it's worth trying.
 
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Eman,

That is what I put in my shop, light inside and the solar panel outside and I got some flat mounted ones for outside the trailer on race weekends. Just turn them off during the week.
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Originally posted by Toad1:
That is what I put in my shop, light inside and the solar panel outside and I got some flat mounted ones for outside the trailer on race weekends. Just turn them off during the week.
Jok

Jok, I was thinking about doing the same on my race trailer. Just for a light over the side door.
I have a tall flag pole alongside the house, and I bought a solar powered illumination kit that mounts down low on the pole, and it has an LED array that is small, 2.5x4", but very bright, it lights up the flags very well at night that are 20' high. The solar panel is only 5x6", and the light must have a great battery, because it lasts all night, even on the brightest of 3 settings. And withstands rain, snow, ice, and many 100* days. I had the same exact one for over 5 years at my old place. I am thinking of mounting the solar panel flat on the roof of the trailer, and the light on a swivel mount above the door, so I can tilt it down flat for travel.


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