Because power failures are unpredictable, fire marshals, electrical inspectors, building owners and others want assurance that emergency lighting equipment will function properly when it’s needed. Monthly and annual testing is required by code, but also a smart thing to do.
Bodine’s self-testing fluorescent emergency ballasts, emergency LED drivers, and emergency lighting inverters automatically test emergency lighting operation for 30 seconds every 30 days and for 90 minutes once a year according codes such as the NFPA® 101® Life Safety Code®. In addition, they continuously monitor charging current and battery voltage. Occupants and maintenance personnel are alerted to the product’s status through the charge indicator LED, either through flashing, color, or both.
Because testing is done automatically, building maintenance personnel are not required to manually test emergency lighting each month, which can help building owners and operators save time and labor. Self-testing is ideal for facilities with large numbers of emergency lighting units to test or with difficult-to-access emergency lighting units.