GasLightGuys is dedicated to providing as much detailed information about gas lights and gas light products as we can. One of the best ways to get that information to you is by answering the question our readers have. We have recently received a question about interior gas lights from Miranda. Miranda said that she recently discovered that a few non-working interior electric wall sconces were, in fact, working gas sconces.
Some of the specific questions Miranda asked were as follows:
I guess my basic question is- are they safe? Do homeowners insurance plans cover them? How do I know how high to turn on the gas? I know I need to crack a window when using them internally- any other requirements I should be aware of?
While interior and exterior gas lights operate off of the same basic principles I decided to go to the source to see if I could find some better answers. The first things I tried to answer were Miranda’s questions about safety:
Are interior gas lights safe?
I spoke to two different gas light technicians – Jane from Legendary Lighting and Art from Gas Light America – and both of them gave me the same basic answer. As long as the interior gas sconces were properly installed and meet your local building codes they should be perfectly safe for use – that is, providing they have a safety shut-off device installed. For Legendary Lighting, the light will actually say Indoor CSA Approved somewhere on the gas light and must have electronic ignition controls.
For Gas Light America gas lights, they will need to have the GLS001 Safety Shutoff Valve or electronic ignition controls. The reason for this is that without some form of safety shut-off, an interior gas light will act much like a gas stove when the pilot goes out. Without the flame gas will slowly fill your home and this could end in disastrous results if a spark is ignited. Safety shut-offs and electronic ignition controls will stop the gas flow automatically if the flame is extinguished for more than a few seconds.
They did also say that as long as the interior gas lights are properly installed there should be no reason to crack your windows while using them – but that is more of an issue of personal safety and comfort.
So the next logical question is…
Does homeowners insurance cover interior gas lights?
For the answer to this question I spoke to State Farm agent Ryan from Baton Rouge, LA.
Unfortunately there is no clear cut answer to this question. According to State Farm, it is more of a state or county question than anything else. They did say, however, that as long as the interior gas lights meet your local building codes then it should be covered, but you will need to contact your individual homeowners insurance agent to be sure.
How high should you turn on the gas for your interior gas lights?
For this question I again went to the source – our friendly technicians at Gas Light America and Legendary Lighting. Art at Gas Light America said that when the gas is set right your flame should be between 1 1/2 and 1 3/4 inches high and flickering. Jane from Legendary Lighting said that if it is a Legendary Lighting gas light you will have a Maple Leaf Flame which they are known for. There are several interior gas light brands out there, however, that do feature gas light mantles. If your gas light is one of these, you should contact the manufacturer to determine how high the gas should be.
Other than meeting your local building codes and having a safety shutoff for your gas there are really no other requirements for the use of interior gas lights. I would recommend that you have your interior gas sconces inspected by a professional in your area before you try to use them to ensure that they are connected correctly. If you did not have the interior gas lights installed and don’t have any documentation for the installation, you are running the risk that they were installed by a home “engineer” and they could be unsafe.
I hope this helps to answer your questions Miranda. If we at GasLightGuys can be of any more help to you or anyone else that has questions about interior gas lights, exterior gas lights, gas tiki torches or any other gas lighting products, please email GasLightGuys at firstname.lastname@example.org.