1. Do BATLITE lights connect to one another?
Yes, each BATLITE has a short cable terminating in a standard NEMA 5-15
female receptacle and a longer cable terminating in a standard NEMA 5-15
male plug. The lights are connected to one another by inserting the next
light's male plug into the previous light's female receptacle.
2. How long are the BATLITE cables?
The cable is integral to the light. The total cable length, measured from
end to end, is 60". Any excess cable length
may be coiled up, if desired.
3. How many BATLITEs can be used in a series?
Up to 60 BATLITE fixtures may be connected to one another in series. (Using more
than 60 may degrade the illumination output and/or trip the circuit breaker.)
4. How many BATLITE lights are needed for a shelter or tent?
US Military standards call for using 30-50 foot-candles of illumination
for most tasks and activities. To achieve this illumination, a rule of thumb
is to use one BATLITE per 25 square feet of shelter floor space. (This
assumes a floor-to-light height of about 90"). A single 20' x 32' shelter
will need about 24 BATLITEs. The spacing would be 60". The mounting
"quad" would be 5' x 5'. Lowering the mounting or hanging height
reduces the number of lights needed per shelter.
5. Can different mounting "quads" or spacing be utilized?
Quads can be shortened by coiling up any excess cable. Use of 4' x 4' quads will provide 50% more
illumination than 5' x 5' quads, though correspondingly 50% more lights
are needed to install/implement denser and smaller quads.
6. How is the BATLITE light attached to the shelter?
A single hanging/adjustment strap is manually fed through the integral
BATLITE hanging port, then extended and wrapped around any available support
point. Only one strap is needed in most cases. Normally, no leveling is
required, as each light auto-levels upon being unfurled. A second strap
may be used to coil up any excess cable.
7. May lights be added or adjusted after installation?
These are the most versatile shelter lights available. Changing their spacing
or quad is as simple as re-attaching the hanging strap to a new support
point. If an area of extreme light illumination is needed, four or five
of these BATLITEs may be removed and re-hung in a very tight arrangement
to provide more than 150 foot-candles at the task.
8. How is a BATLITE light plugged into power?
The first BATLITE in the series is plugged into a regular NEMA 5-15 female
wall receptacle or a switched receptacle or an optional Master Control Switch.
9. May the lights be switched ON/OFF by a main light switch?
If the first light in the series is connected into a switched receptacle,
then the entire string may be turned ON/OFF by flipping that single switch.
10. If one light fails or is turned off, do all in the series go off?
No, all lights in a series of lights remain ON even in the event of failure
of any of the other lights or if any other lights in the string have been
individually flipped OFF.
11. Is each individual BATLITE controllable individually with its own switch?
Yes, each individual BATLITE is engineered with a top-mounted three-way
switch allowing the single light to be flipped ON, flipped OFF, or flipped
to Low Power Black-Out Blue
12. How are the lights maintained?
The BATLITEs are designed and built to need Zero maintenance. There is
nothing to reset on the lights. No part of the light is replaceable or maintainable.
Keeping dust off the lenses will assure good illumination.
13. Are the lights heavy?
No. BATLITE helps you battle lite. These are the most lightweight lights of which we know, weighing in at less than two pounds each.
14. How are the lights initially shipped?
Normally BATLITEs are shipped in shipping cartons accommodating 7, 8,
14 or 16 lights. If a Master Control Switch has also been ordered, it is
included in the shipping carton. All required straps and instructions are
typically packed into each carton.
15. How are the lights taken down and repacked when not needed?
The beauty of these BATLITEs is that they are so rugged that no special
handling or packing is required. They don't need to be handled with kid
gloves. Simply unplug them, remove the hanging straps, then use the strap
as a band for the coiled up light. Place the light back in its shipping
carton. Heavy Duty shipping containers are available as an option, but you won't need it. (See #16)
16. Can the lights be left in a tent/shelter at strikedown?
Yes, the lights are engineered and built to simply leave in place and attached inside most shelters. There is no need to remove them. They can be left attached
and folded up with the tent/shelter. Basically the light is unbreakable
unless there is severe misuse.