When shopping for elevators to install in a commercial space or residential building, you will find many models on the market that might suit your needs. If the main purpose is to install a small commercial elevator that makes your building accessible to people with limited mobility, then you’re looking for the Limited Use/Limited Application (LULA) elevator.
Unlike traditional commercial elevators, LULA elevators are not meant to be used by the general public; they are designed to cater to the needs of passengers in wheelchairs. Generally, they are used to be installed in small commercial spaces and only used if someone cannot climb the stairs. Read on to learn more about LULA elevators and how they’re different from commercial elevators.
Are LULA Elevators Different From Traditional Passenger Elevators?
While all elevators are considered suitable for all passengers, LULA elevators are explicitly designed for passengers with limited dexterity. So, for commercial spaces that require the installation of an elevator to ease passengers’ transport in wheelchairs, installing LULA elevators would be the ideal solution.
Since commercial spaces such as hospitals, libraries, or low-rise office buildings have limited space, the LULA elevator is engineered to only take up about half the space of a traditional elevator. Rather than worrying about construction expenses and undergoing complete renovation throughout the floors of your building, you can seamlessly install the LULA elevator in almost any existing space as the maximum platform size is only 18 square feet. Not sure where to install the LULA elevator? RAM Elevators + Lifts provides you with onsite consultation services free of charge.
Are LULA Elevators More Affordable Than Traditional Passenger Elevators?
LULA elevators are more economical than traditional passenger elevators since they do not travel at a fast speed, long-distance or require any costly add-ons. According to the standards set out by the ASME code and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all LULA elevators must abide by the following specifications:
- Maximum speed of 30 ft./min.
- Maximum weight capacity of 1400 lbs.
- Maximum vertical travel of 25ft.
- Maximum car size of 18 sq. ft.
Compared to traditional passenger elevators, LULA elevators require low maintenance, which typically happens only once or twice a year, whereas conventional elevators require approximately monthly maintenance to maintain safe operation. Installing a LULA elevator will most definitely cut down on your maintenance costs and help you stay within your budget.
As a commercial building owner, ensuring the safety of your passengers is your number one priority, which is why all RAM products are manufactured with three options of emergency auxiliary power backup.
- Emergency manual crank and a backup battery for car lighting and controls. (Standard in all products)
- Battery backup motor that will lower the car in the down direction during a power outage. (Optional add-on)
- Full battery 40-cycle backup that runs the motor with full load for 40 cycles during a power outage. (Optional add-on)