If your building uses electric exit signs, you’ll have to deal with all sorts of issues, including energy use, maintenance, and reliability. Fortunately, there’s a better option. Energy saving exit signs like GloBrite® photoluminescent signs can save you money year after year while also being better for the environment and safer for your tenants.
Even in a small building, you could spend thousands of dollars every year lighting your electric exit signs. If you replace your electric exit signs with zero energy photoluminescent signs, your new signs will pay for themselves over and over again over the course of their 25+ year life. That’s great news both for the environment and for your bottom line.
Zero Luminance Issues
While electric exit signs might fail during emergency conditions, photoluminescent exit signs are extremely reliable. When properly installed, glow-in-the-dark exit signs will absorb ambient light all day long, allowing them to provide bright and consistent illumination during blackout conditions. They’ll even be visible in smoky conditions, and they are tested to last well beyond the time required by the International Building Code.
Zero Maintenance Issues
One of the main reasons that electric exit signs fail during emergencies is that they require a lot of upkeep which tends to get overlooked. Legally, building owners are required to check their exit signs once a month and drain and fully recharge the backup battery pack in each exit sign once every year. As you might imagine, this ordinance often gets overlooked, creating unsafe situations in emergencies that might put your tenants in danger and open you up to significant liabilities.
Photoluminescent exit signs, on the other hand, require minimal maintenance. They simply need to be wiped down every now and then to clear away dust. There is no need to test any batteries, because photoluminescent signs gain all of their energy from ambient light. As previously stated, GloBrite® Eco Exit signs can serve your building virtually maintenance free in excess of 25 years.
Zero Toxic or Radioactive Materials
GloBrite®’s photoluminescent exit signs are 100% recyclable. They don’t require any sort of special disposal, nor do they require excess parts or wiring, which would add to their carbon footprint. Some building owners choose tritium signs as an alternative to electric exit signs, but tritium is a material that is monitored by the EPA. When improperly handled or disposed of, it can pose a danger to humans and animals. Photoluminescent exit signs, in contrast, don’t rely on any sort of toxic or radioactive materials in order to work.
In addition to all these benefits, photoluminescent exit signs are also much easier to install than electric exit signs. They can simply be mounted in place without any need for wiring or special housing. Just check that your sign is placed somewhere that is exposed to enough ambient light, and your buildings will be safer, greener, and more cost effective for years to come.