Preparing your building for a fire begins with mounting signage that indicates the points of discharge. Exit signs come is several varieties, specifically: incandescent, compact fluorescent, LED, tritium, and photoluminescent. Although the incandescent sign is still found in most buildings across the U.S., its status as the preferred exit sign is quickly fading due to the better performance and lower operating cost of its competitors. If you need to implement exit signs in your building, you have five choices. Here is how they compare:
Incandescent signage has the lowest purchase price, but its operating cost quickly negates the value of that price. Over a ten-year period, an incandescent sign costs a total of $1,465 to operate and maintain, more than any other exit sign. In addition, its continuous use of electricity encourages carbon pollution. If you would like to reduce operating cost while supporting the environment, an incandescent fire exit sign is not a good choice.
Compact Fluorescent Signage
Compact fluorescent signage has a higher purchase price than incandescent signage, but it costs less to operate and maintain. Over a ten-year period, a compact fluorescent sign costs a total of $894 to operate and maintain – a significant reduction compared to an incandescent sign, but not as low as the operation and maintenance cost of the signs below. A compact fluorescent sign also contributes to carbon pollution by continuously using electricity.
LED signage has a higher purchase price than compact fluorescent signage, but it costs less to operate and maintain. Over a ten-year period, an LED sign costs a total of $370 to operate and maintain – a significant reduction compared to a compact fluorescent sign, but still not as low as the operation and maintenance cost of the signs below. An LED sign also uses electricity continuously, but its efficiency makes it less burdensome to the environment.
Tritium Signage has a higher purchase price than LED signage, but it costs nothing to operate and maintain. Powered by radioactive capsules, a tritium sign allows you to eliminate the operating cost of exit signage. But it does come with a caveat: unless you replace it with another tritium sign, each sign has a $75 disposal fee, a fee likely to go up over the lifespan of these signs. The radioactivity of a tritium sign also makes it a bad environmental choice.
Photoluminescent signage has roughly the same purchase price as tritium signage, and it costs nothing to operate or maintain. Being 100 percent recyclable, it also costs nothing to dispose of, and has no ill effect on the environment. Considering its purchase price, operating cost, ease of disposal, and environmental safety, a photoluminescent fire exit sign is the optimal choice.
Globrite has the Exit Signage Your Building Needs
Exit signage is seldom thought of as having a significant operating cost or environmental impact. But, as the comparisons above demonstrate, the type of exit signage your building contains can indeed have an impact financially and environmentally. At Globrite, we supply exit signs, fire safety signs, and luminescent egress markings that improve personal safety while eliminating the traditional cost and environmental impact of fire safety implements. To learn what implements are right for your building, call us today.