Self Illuminating Exit Signs: A Cost Comparison

For many companies, self illuminating building equipment is a viable cost saving option. For example, implementing non-electric exit signage can reduce and eliminate certain expenses. Today, two types of non-electric safety signs are sought for their cost effectiveness: Tritium exit signs, which are powered by radioactive capsules; and photoluminescent exit signs, which are powered by photoluminescence. Below, we look at how they compare to electrical exit signs—and also to each other—in terms of cost.

Purchase cost

If your building needs a large number of exit signs, their unit cost could be an important consideration. According to research, an incandescent exit sign costs an average of $25, a LED sign costs an average of $57, a compact fluorescent sign costs an average of $60, a photoluminescent sign costs an average of $96, and a tritium sign costs an average of $100.

In terms of purchase cost, incandescent signage—the oldest and least energy efficient signage on the market—is by far the least expensive.

Installation cost

Installation cost is a one-time expense that, depending on the number of units involved, could be an important consideration. According to research, incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED signs each cost $80 to install, while tritium and photoluminescent signs each cost $15 install.

Concerning installation cost, self illuminating exit signs are tied for the best value.

Electricity cost

Electricity cost is an area where exit signs show their true value. Over a 10-year period, incandescent exit signage costs $350 in electricity, compact fluorescent signage costs $184, LED signage costs $50, and tritium and photoluminescent signage costs $0.

Concerning electricity cost, self illuminating exit signs are tied for the best value.

Maintenance cost

Maintenance cost is another area where exit signs show their true value. Over a 10-year period, incandescent exit signage costs $1,010 in maintenance, compact fluorescent signage costs $570, LED signage costs $160, and photoluminescent and tritium signage costs $0.

Concerning maintenance cost, self illuminating exit signs are tied for the best value.

Disposal cost

Disposal cost is a one-time expense that, depending on the number of units involved, could be an important consideration. According to research, incandescent, compact fluorescent, LED, and photoluminescent signage cost nothing to dispose of, while a tritium sign has a $75 disposal fee due to its radioactive capsules.

In terms of disposal cost, tritium signage is the least cost effective exit signage on the market.

Conclusion

With a 10-year operating cost of only $111, a photoluminescent exit sign is the most cost effective sign on the market. In comparison, an incandescent sign has a 10-year operating cost of $1,465, a compact fluorescent sign has an operating cost of $894, a LED sign has an operating cost of $370, and a tritium sign has an operating cost of $190.

We offer photoluminescent exit signage in several price ranges. Each sign contains our patented Glo Brite technology that delivers superior visibility and burn time. To learn more about the benefits of photoluminescent self luminous egress lighting, call us today.

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