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LULA Elevators: What are they?

Although gaining popularity, the limited use, limited application (LU/LA) elevator is still unknown to many who might benefit from having one in their home or building. LULAs are ADA compliant and cost significantly less than a full commercial elevator.


Acceptable Uses for a LULA Elevator

There are several applications that can contain a LU/LA Elevator. The limited use part refers to building occupancy and rate load. Unlike a fully rated commercial capacity elevator, the LU/LA elevator’s rate load is 1400 lbs. The application part refers to the amount of rise the elevator is allowed to travel.


Can LULA Elevators be used in homes?

Yes they can! LULA elevators can be customized in different sizes, making them small enough to fit inside of a home.


Planning for a LULA Elevator

If you’re thinking about putting a LULA elevator in your project, here is a list of things you’ll need to know:

-13″ pit depth*

-106″ overhead*

-maximum rise 25 ft

-maintenance significantly lower than that of a commercial elevator


To get more information about LULA Elevators, please contact us today by phone at 203-757-5000 or email.



*differs by manufacturer

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Elevator 5 Year Full Load Test


An elevator is a vehicle and requires maintenance just like a car, train or a plane. The required testing is for the safety of the users. Having a 5 year full load test on time saves a home owner lots of headaches and money in the long run. Not only is it required by the state of Connecticut, it is also a requirement of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Per ASME 17.1, requires testing be done every five years. Not having this test could result in your elevator being red-tagged or dubbed as unsafe and therefore disabled.


125% of rated load is placed inside the elevator cab and the elevator is run several times. The mechanic would then reset the governor switch and operate the car at a normal speed in each direction to ensure the ropes stay in place and make sure it stops with distance applicable to the code. This also ensures that the break system is working properly.

The 5 year full load test is not the same as a pressure test. Pressure tests should be done annually.

To schedule elevator testing please call 203-757-5000.