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6 Tips for Fining the Right Lithuania Battery Replacement

January 15, 2016

Published by Battery Plex 

Lithonia is an industry-leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial lighting systems, and they are widely recognized for their full line of emergency lighting products, which include fluorescent battery packs, exit signs, and emergency lighting units. Their battery-powered emergency light products provide illumination that allows a building's occupants to safely exit the premises in the event of a power outage, storm or any other type of disaster or emergency.


They manufacture fixtures for commercial buildings, industrial buildings, hazardous locations, wet locations, and they have systems that meet the strict requirements of specific municipalities, such as Chicago and New York City.

After using an emergency light for several years, the rechargeable batteries that power it will eventually stop holding a charge. In most areas, they are required by law to provide at least 90 minutes of illumination, so that everyone can exit the building safely during an emergency, and so that emergency workers have sufficient time to respond to the incident. If the Lithonia battery in your lighting system can no longer meet the minimum requirements, it should be replaced.

Here are a few tips that can help you find the proper replacement for your Lithonia battery:

#1 Determine the Model Number of the Fixture

Lithonia manufactures dozens of different emergency light models, as well as other battery-operated products, and they all have specific battery requirements. Find the model number of your fixture by looking for a name plate on the fixture or by referencing the owner's manual. It may be necessary to remove the fixture from the wall to find the model number, but only do this with the help of a professional electrician if the system is directly wired into the building's electric supply. If it is a model with an electrical cord, you can safely do this yourself. Once you have the model number, write it down for future reference.

#2 Find the Model Number of the Battery

Once the light fixture is safely disconnected from the electrical system, open the battery compartment and find the model number on the battery. If the battery must be disconnected and moved to access the model number, be very careful not to short the battery terminals with any tools, or to let the positive and negative wires touch each other or nearby metal surfaces.

Record the model number.

#3 Determine the Capacity of the Battery

Somewhere on the battery it should list the capacity in amp-hours or milliamp-hours. The capacity of the battery determines how long the light will run on a fully-charged battery. When selecting a new battery, this number should be equal to, or larger than the current battery. Typically, due to size limitations, you will only be able to replace the original battery with one of the same capacity.

#4 Find the Voltage of the Battery

A battery that is not the same voltage as the current battery could cause damage to the fixture, the recharging system or the battery itself. It could also cause dangerous incidents like overheating or increase the risk of fire. Make sure the new battery operates at precisely the same voltage as the original.

#5 Determine the Type of Battery

Batteries come in several chemical compositions, including lead acid, nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride. They each have different charging requirements, lifespans and maintenance regimens. Find the type of battery on the battery's label. Lead acid batteries may be abbreviated as SLA, nickel cadmium as NiCd or NiCad, and nickel metal hydride as NiMH. Choose a replacement battery that is the same type as the original to avoid damaging the fixture, the recharging system or the battery itself.

#6 Shopping for the Correct Battery

Search for replacement batteries by either the model number of the fixture, or the model number of the battery. Batteries from manufacturers other than Lithonia may offer a compatibility list to make finding the correct replacement easier, or the vendor may offer one. Once a compatible battery is found, verify that it meets all the other requirements, including voltage, capacity and battery type.

Caring for the New Lithonia Battery

Be sure to install the battery correctly. If it uses a harness or plug, make sure that it is orientated correctly, so that negative connects to negative, and positive to positive. If it uses terminals, connect the positive wire to the positive terminal first, then the negative. Make sure all connections are tight, then reinstall the fixture and connect it to the electric supply. Allow the battery to charge fully before testing or using the light.

To keep the battery operating at peak performance, and to make sure the lights stay on for the at least a full 90 minutes and operate properly, test the emergency light at least once a month. Unplug the light, turn of the breaker, or switch the light to “Test” mode. Use a watch or timer to keep track of the time from the start of the test until the lights shut off. If the time falls below 90 minutes, consider replacing the battery.

Where To Place Emergency Lights

Standard emergency lights should be placed in common corridors, stairwells and individual rooms that are open to the public. They should be placed high enough to illuminate a large area, and where they will be less likely to be disturbed. Adjust each light properly so that the amount of light is maximized in the targeted area. Place illuminated exit signs at each emergency exit, and use directional signs along the path to the exit to lead occupants in the correct direction. Combination signs are available with both an exit sign and emergency lighting.

Emergency lights are critical to the safety of any publicly-accessible building. Keeping the lights operational with regular testing and battery changes can prevent injuries, property damage and other liabilities, and it takes only a few minutes of maintenance a month.With these tips you can be sure that your 


 

Sources:

http://batteryplex.com/lithonia-battery.cfm

http://www.batteryplex.com/faq.cfm

http://www.lithonia.com/pt/emergency/#.VnTNcl6FTIV

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