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Chicago Emergency Light

15.00 LBS
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Product Description


Emergency lighting and exit signs that are installed in any building in the city of Chicago must meet stricter guidelines than most other U.S. cities. These local building and fire codes stipulate Chicago emergency lights can have no less than a 12 volt capacity (most cities require only 6) and must be constructed with impact resistant materials.

The CEL series emergency lights are the most popular Chicago-approved fixtures we carry. 


  • 12 volt, 24 watt capacity
  • Approved by Chicago City Code
  • Robust 20-guage steel housings
  • Exceeds National Electric Code and NFPA Life Safety Code 101 standards
  • 90-minute emergency run time


The CEL can be installed in any public or commercial interior in the Windy City. Their housings are strong enough to withstand most impacts and moisture, however, a wet location model will be needed for any outdoor application 


Chicago lights are built with 20-gauge steel housings that are powder coated with a baked enamel finish. Standard color is white, though black, gray and other colors are available. A number of keyholes on the back allow these fixtures to connect to any building conduit.


  • 120/277v AC electricity to operate and charge the battery
  • Solid state charging circuitry
  • Low voltage disconnect 
  • AC lockout with brownout protection. 
  • Available in custom voltages upon request.

Lamp Specifications

Standard models are equipped with two Par36 halogen lamp heads molded from high impact thermoplastic. You may, however, order these in a variety of lamp types depending on the size of the space you wish to light.

Other lamp wattages are available in 12, 18, 25, and 30 watt types.


A 12-volt, 24-watt sealed lead acid battery powers the entire unit for at least 90 minutes following a power failure. SLA batteries will last between 3-5 years and can operate at a ceiling temperature of 122° F.

Higher capacity batteries are available, just specify when placing your order.


Self-testing - This option eliminates monthly and yearly testing of the battery backup system and alerts you when a malfunction occurs.

Nickel Cadmium Battery - NiCads will last between 5-7 years and their lightweight construction will reduce the fixture's shipping cost.

Time-Delay - Chicago gyms, parking lots and stadiums, among others, use fluorescent and HID lamps for general lighting purposes. These contained gas lamps take up to 15 minutes to reach a full brightness considered safe by OSHA standards. Time delay extends the emergency lighting fixture runtime for an additional 15 minutes during this warm-up period.

Cord Set - Allows you to connect your emergency light to any standard 120v AC outlet.

Voltmeter - Gives a real-time display of the voltage and condition level of the battery.

Ammeter - Visual display of the current being consumed by the fixture.

Warranty Information

5-year warranty against product malfunction. 5-year prorated warranty, 20% per year, for the battery.

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