Bodine Tech F. A. Q. s

What Is Emergency Lighting?

Many national, state and local building codes, including the National Electrical Code® (NEC), the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Code® (LSC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), require reliable and sufficient emergency illumination for all commercial, industrial and institutional buildings in the United States.

In the event of an emergency situation requiring building evacuation, stairs, aisles, corridors, ramps, escalators and passageways leading to safety must be illuminated continuously for a minimum of 90 minutes. Emergency lighting guides occupants to the nearest path of egress.

Why Use Bodine Fluorescent Emergency Lighting?

Complements original lighting designs. Commonly referred to as fluorescent battery packs, Philips Bodine emergency ballasts provide instant backup lighting when normal power fails. Each emergency ballast works in conjunction with an AC ballast to convert new or existing fluorescent lighting fixtures into emergency lighting equipment.

Looks like normal lighting. Philips Bodine fluorescent emergency ballasts use the same light source for normal and emergency operation, complement original lighting plans and do not detract from interior design. Emergency lighting appears similar to that under normal conditions. No drastic changes in lighting or unwanted glare results.

Reduces the risk of unauthorized tampering. Philips Bodine fluorescent emergency ballasts may be installed inside, on top of or remote from the fixture. This inconspicuous positioning inhibits unauthorized tampering and reduces the risk of vandalism.
Saves time and reduces labor costs. Philips Bodine fluorescent emergency ballasts can be either factory or field installed. In field retrofit applications, a qualified electrician can install our products in less than 1/2 hour.

How Does The Emergency Ballast Work?
When the normal supply of AC power fails, the emergency ballast senses the power failure and immediately switches to the emergency mode to illuminate one, two or three lamps at a reduced lumen output for a minimum of 90 minutes. If multi lamp operation is selected, light output is evenly divided among the lamps for better distribution of emergency illumination. When AC power is restored, the emergency ballast returns to the charging mode until the next power failure or emergency situation. The battery fully recharges within 24 hours.
Can I Install Bodine With A Switched Or Unswitched Fixture?

Philips Bodine emergency ballasts may be used with either a switched or unswitched fixture. If a switched fixture is used, an unswitched hot lead must be connected to the emergency ballast.

Switched and Unswitched Fixtures

The emergency ballast must be fed from the same branch circuit as the AC ballast. Note: Illustration shows primary circuit only. Lamp leads not shown.

Are Bodine Emergency Ballasts Suitable In My Application?

Philips Bodine emergency ballasts may be installed in a variety of fixture types. They are compatible with most one-, two-, three- and four-lamp electronic, standard, energy-saving and dimming AC ballasts and are designed to operate most single, bi-pin or 4-pin fluorescent lamps including U-shaped, HO, VHO, circline, energy-saving, twin-tube, double twin-tube (quad), triple twin-tube, long compact and 2D lamps.

Products are available for use in indoor-dry, damp or hazardous location fixtures and, depending on emergency ballast can size and application, they can be installed inside, on top of or remote from the fixture.

Most products may be modified to accommodate special voltages, line frequencies and runtimes. Alternate configurations are also available for lighting fixture manufacturers.

Why Does Bodine Use A Nickel-Cadmium Battery?

Because high temperatures exist in fluorescent fixtures, Philips Bodine emergency ballasts use a specially constructed, high-temperature nickel-cadmium battery. This battery requires no maintenance and has a life expectancy of 7 to 10 years.


REDiTEST is a fluorescent emergency technology that performs automatic code-compliance testing. This product automatically tests itself according to the schedule established by the Life Safety Code: 30 seconds every 30 days; 90 minutes once a year. REDiTEST ensures readiness of emergency lighting, so you know it will work when it is needed the most -- during the next power failure.

Why Test Emergency Lighting?

Because power failures and emergency situations are unpredictable, fire marshals, electrical inspectors, building owners and specifiers want to know that emergency lighting equipment will function properly when needed. Codes and regulations require periodic testing, visual inspections and written records of test results for all emergency lighting equipment.

What Is A Damp Location?

Because the path of egress often continues outside a building to a public way, codes may require emergency lighting outside the building itself. Partially protected locations (canopies, stairwells, etc.) and interior locations (outdoor parking structures, cold storage facilities, etc.) indirectly exposed to moisture or humidity are considered damp locations. These special areas require emergency lighting specifically rated for damp locations.

Emergency Ballasts For Damp Location Fixtures

What Is A Hazardous (Classified) Location?

Locations such as oil refineries, paint booths and textile mills contain potential fire or explosion hazards due to the presence of flammable gases or vapors, flammable liquids, combustible dust or ignitable fibers. These areas must use emergency lighting equipment classified for use in that specific environment. For more information about applicable classifications, please refer to the National Electrical Code, Article 500.

Emergency Ballasts For Hazardous (Classified) Location Fixtures

Are Bodine Emergency Ballasts Backed By Full Warranties?

Depending on the model, Philips Bodine products are fully warranted for one, two, three or five years. This warranty covers only properly installed Philips Bodine products used under normal conditions. For the warranty period, Philips Emergency Lighting will, at its option, repair or replace without charge a defective unit, provided it is returned to the factory transportation pre-paid and our inspection determines it to be defective under terms of warranty. Repair or replacement, as stated above, shall constitute the purchaser's exclusive warranty, which does not extend to transportation, installation, labor or any other charges; nor does it apply to any equipment of another manufacturer used in conjunction with the Philips Bodine product. 

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