photoluminescet safety products have been available for decades, new generation pigments have ushered advanced, photoluminescent
emergency Exit Signs into the mainstream. With today’s luminosity and increased luminance duration, it's no
wonder that many building codes and are now including the use of new generation photoluminecent Exit Signs into the mainstream.
What we call photoluminescent material is actually a special inorganic pigment that is incorporated into the lettering of
the Exit Sign. The photoluminescent pigments used in the sign absorb and store energy from normal, ambient light. In the case
of sudden darkness such as a power outage or the spread of smoke, the Exit Sign releases this energy in the form of a luminous
glow and is immediately visible.
According to recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy, there are over
100 million electric exit signs operating across the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The companies, schools, government
facilities, hotels and other public buildings that use these electric signs pay a combined cost of over $1 BILLION
a year in energy and maintenance costs. When it comes to saving on energy costs, photoluminescent exit signs are clearly the
solution. By switching to photoluminescent exit signs, it is estimated that U.S. companies could save thousands of kilowatts
of electricity each year. That translates to an annual energy cost-savings of hundreds of millions of dollars.
As we see national safety trends moving towards the mandated addition
of low-level exit signage and emergency egress systems, U.S. businesses and public and private institutions will look to save
money on product installation and maintenance costs. Photoluminescent exit signs and egress
pathway components can save you money in many ways.
to electric exit signs, photoluminescent exit signs are simple to install and require no additional electricity to operate.
This means you will not incur the additional labor and electrical costs associated with the installation of electric exit
electric exit signs also require electricity to operate the individual components, the photoluminescent exit signs are fueled
by the absorption and storage of ambient fluorescent light and require no additional electricity to operate.
costs are also less with photoluminescent exit signs. Most electric exit signs are illuminated through the use of light bulbs
and as we know, light bulbs burn out over time. There are no bulbs to replace with photoluminescent exit signs, and once installed
they are easily maintained for 25+ years. This increased reliability also ensures against potential life safety hazards that
could result due to the lack of maintenance for electric exit signs.