Limited Use/Limited Application Elevators or L.U.L.A.
Lower cost alternative to a full passenger elevator
Limited Use Limited Application (L.U.L.A) elevators were developed as a lower-cost, highly functional alternative to a commercial passenger elevator and are a more refined, fully featured alternative to a vertical wheelchair platform lift. It is essential to understand where and why a commercial LU/LA elevator is the best solution.
Comparison to Commercial Passenger Elevator
A Limited Use Limited Application (L.U.L.A) elevator can comply with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if used in the right application. It can provide accessibility where vertical travel does not exceed 25 feet. When combining the equipment, construction and installation costs, LU/LA elevators can provide substantial savings. Advantages are achieved primarily through design:
- Smaller LU/LA hoist way and machine room space allows for smaller footprint.
- Lower overhead ceiling height often avoids extensive roof modifications.
- Shallower elevator pit depth, as little as 13 inches, lowers site preparation costs.
- Requires only single phase power versus three phase power typical of passenger elevators.
There are limits as to where the LU/LA commercial elevator can be used, however. It’s worth the phone call to confirm whether a more cost effective commercial LU/LA elevator will meet the needs of a specific project.