As a facility manager, you have a responsibility of ensuring systems are running seamlessly and keeping everyone safe in the event of emergencies. Installing photoluminescent exit signs and egress path markers is one way of ensuring that the fire protection systems of your building are updated and the evacuation route is clearly marked. Photoluminescent exit signs meet the requirements of the latest codes and standards for both existing and new buildings. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider installing photoluminescent exit signs in your building regardless of its size or budget type.
Photoluminescent exit signs are very reliable in the event of a power failure because they have the potential to absorb light emitted from light sources such as LED, halogen, and incandescent. As required by code, the photoluminescent exit signs can illuminate for over 90 minutes in complete darkness, if charged adequately from a light source. This level of illumination is invaluable in situations where the priority is reaching an exit. A practical example of the value of Photoluminescent exit path markings is how they helped people evacuate the Twin towers during the 9/11 tragic terrorist attacks, where the emergency electrical lighting was not working. Architects and Engineers prefer installing photoluminescent exit signs in high-level applications such as hotels, parking garages, and schools.
Reduces operating costs
Photoluminescent exit signs don’t require electricity like traditional exit signs. Therefore, if you install photoluminescent exit signs on an existing building that has been using the traditional exit signs, you will realize a significant reduction in electricity bills, as a result, you will reduce the overall operational costs of the building. Moreover, electrical exit signs require a sophisticated electrical conduit that can only be operated and installed by a professional electrician. Hence, instead of wasting time and money in hiring a trained electrician to install a traditional exit sign, you can install the photoluminescent exit signs all by yourself within a few minutes.
Electrical exit signs require batteries to continue illuminating during power outages. In order to be OSHA compliant, the batteries have to be tested monthly and that will lead to costly maintenance practices and replacements on a regular basis. On the other hand, photoluminescent exit signs need little to no maintenance at all. Employees in charge of maintenance can free up enough time to focus on other core projects of the building. In fact, with these exit signs, you can eliminate the need to bring in electricians every month to test your exit signs.
Although the LED lamps found in the electrical exit signs are energy efficient, the components of these signs are very expensive and can be costly to repair or replace. In contrast, photoluminescent exit signs can last up to 25 years or more with minimal maintenance. Since you won’t be spending money on monthly tests, installations and other maintenance costs, installing photoluminescent exit signs is a viable idea.
The exit signs are a generally an acceptable alternative to standard exit signs. Photoluminescent exit signs meet the same code requirements as traditional exit signs. The signs are UL924 Listed for buildings in the United States and Canada, when installed properly. Proper installation refers to when the charging light source:
- Provides the amount of illumination specified on the sign
- Is on at all times when the building is occupied
- Is not on a dimmable, switched or motion circuit.
Photoluminescent exit signs will improve safety in your building by providing sufficient illumination in any emergency situation. Most building owners and manager depend on Photoluminescent exit signs as their default option for emergency exit safety. If you want to save money on energy bills and reduce your building’s carbon footprint contact Jessup Manufacturing.