Lighting Inverters – Backup Power for Exit and Emergency Lighting
Inverters are easy to install, maintain, repair, and replace. Designing an emergency lighting system in a building is an essential, life safety code-mandated piece of the overall lighting system. Traditional solutions for emergency lighting have left a lot to be desired—providing limited options that poorly fit the needs of the lighting system and often require extra components and complex wiring exercises to deliver more power to a space than is necessary. A lighting inverter provides the backup power for a lighting system by converting DC battery power into the standard AC voltages that lights need to operate during an emergency.
Inverters are made up of several components:
- UPS Module
- Battery Module
- Battery Charger
- Output Power Transformer
- Display and Controls
- Battery Assembly
Emergency lighting inverters are often distinguished by the battery capacity they offer. The smallest size, often referred to as a micro inverter, converts 25-35W of battery power. Mini inverters feature a battery capacity range of 100-350W, while large inverters are often described as having a battery capacity of 350W+.
No matter the battery capacity, an inverter provides several advantages over other systems.
Inverters are easy to install, maintain, repair, and replace. They’re also easy to upgrade when you need more power or want to change the emergency lighting system in your building. The system is also durable—your inverters will last longer than traditional ones because they don’t have any moving parts like motors or switches that wear out over time. Lighting inverters represent a cost-effective way to achieve automated code compliance and offer alerting and reporting through in-phone apps, allowing immediate notification to building management.
If you need a comprehensive building life-safety plan or desire inverter training on the Isolite family of inverters, call us at 800-967-5573. The team at Isolite is your emergency lighting experts.