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Emergency lights in the hallwayAug 21, 2021

We’re expecting a storm and I let the management company know if anyone checked our lights? Super and porter? In the past they worked briefly and it was pitch black in the hallway and to me that is dangerous of course and a liability. I told them let’s get back up lighting that the super can put on the walls and then take out after the storm is over.

No one on the board looked into this and once again all we hear are excuses instead of finding solutions. My recommendation is a cheap solution since a backup generator is expensive.

Has anyone come across this and any thoughts or suggestions?

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We put ocupancy sensing - Grant Aug 22, 2021

stairway lighting with battery backup in all both of our stairwells. Lutron system.
Converting the existing hallway lighting with an emergency mode would be even more expensive.
Hallway separate emergency lighting is affordable until it comes to the labor to mount and hardwire them in.
Conversely you could purchase separate lantern/battery operated units and store them where someone could retrieve them in case of an outage.

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Emergency lights - Pooh Aug 22, 2021

Thank you so much!

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Emergency lights in the hallway - Steven424 Aug 22, 2021

I believe it is a violation of some DOB or other agency regulation to not have emergency backup lighting a multi-family dwelling. The FDNY makes spot inspection and if a building is in violation it can be fined.

The most common solution is something like this: https://www.exitlightco.com/product/EL-STLED.html At $65 each the cost per resident is probably extremely low. You want something that is set and forget because in an urgent situation like smoke from a fire you don't have time to first deploy the lighting devices.

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Yeah, sorry I did not make it clear. - Grant Aug 23, 2021

I suggested auxiliary lantern style lighting to augment automatic switching emergency lighting, not stand in place of it.

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Emergency lights - Pooh Aug 23, 2021

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