ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
ShoutChat
Recent Posts
Do You Wrap Your Receptacles?
by gfretwell - 02/20/24 10:48 PM
Cable Chase Code Requirement
by renosteinke - 02/16/24 07:00 PM
Do we need grounding?
by gfretwell - 02/16/24 10:37 AM
Cordless Tools: The Obvious Question
by gfretwell - 02/08/24 07:28 AM
Is this really a thing
by renosteinke - 02/07/24 01:15 PM
New in the Gallery:
This is a new one
This is a new one
by timmp, September 24
Few pics I found
Few pics I found
by timmp, August 15
Who's Online Now
0 members (), 35 guests, and 17 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
#154219 10/01/04 07:52 PM
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 19
J
Member
I need help with comments that a plan reviewer made about egress illumination in a commerial office building. He refered to the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code 1003.2.11 that says "The means of egress, including the exit discharge, shall be illuminated at all times the building space served by the means of egress is occupied." His comments indicate to satisfy this requirement there has to be either a wall switch and light at the egress or night-lighting. This is inside the building, not outside and is not related to the requirements for normal power, not emergency lighting. I have not had this requirement noted on plans before. Is anyone familiar with this interpetation? Are there other ways to satisfy this requirement?

Stay up to Code with the Latest NEC:


>> 2023 NEC & Related Reference & Exam Prep
2023 NEC & Related Reference & Study Guides

Pass Your Exam the FIRST TIME with the Latest NEC & Exam Prep

>> 2020 NEC & Related Reference & Study Guides
 

#154220 10/02/04 04:34 PM
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 1,374
R
Moderator
I'm not familiar with NC rules and regulations, but the reviewer is correct regarding the emergancy illumination. All portions of the means of egress that are large enough to require two exits (including outside at the exit discharge) are required to have emergancy illumination. I find the comments a little strange, but the way I always see this requirement satisfied is by placing emergancy lighting at the outside of the exit doors, and all other areas requiring the illumination.


Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
#154221 10/28/04 07:08 PM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 751
E
Member
The exit discharge is the area outside the building, giving the fleeing occupants access all the way to a public way (street, parking lot or alley). In these larger buildings, this "night-light" is required to be lit at all times during darkness when the building is occupied, just the same as the EXIT lights and other egress lighting (night-lights or emergency lights) throughout the building.
A switched porch light would not qualify as this required egress lighting. A photo-cell or time-clock controlled porch light might fit the bill.
All egress and EXIT lighting needs to be on an emergency circuit, or have battery back-up power.


Earl

Link Copied to Clipboard
Featured:

Tools for Electricians
Tools for Electricians
 

* * * * * * *
2023 National Electrical Code (NEC)
2023 NEC + Exam Prep Study Guides Now Available!
 
* * * * * * *

2020 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2020 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
Vlado
Vlado
Croatia
Posts: 28
Joined: February 2011
Top Posters(30 Days)
maxecn 5
Admin 3
Popular Topics(Views)
317,963 Are you busy
242,878 Re: Forum
226,877 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5