Wireless Exit Signs Provide Your Building with Reliable Egress Identification
You can greatly reduce energy costs by installing wireless signing and lighted products. Exit signs are a building code requirement every owner must fulfill to be safety compliant. An owner has four main product choices when implementing the necessary items for compliance. Traditional signing consists of incandescently lighted products designed to run off of an electrical source. These items change over to a backup source when a power failure occurs. They have increased energy costs and decreased reliability.
If the backup source happens to fail, then occupants are left without a visible egress path. Light Emitting Diode (LED) products use less energy, but have the same general disadvantages of incandescent lighting. Tritium was the first non-energy solution offered to building owners. It uses radioactive decay to create helium, which in turn causes illumination. Wireless exit signs do not use toxic materials and gain their energy from regular lighting. Disposal is not difficult or expensive due to their lack of hazardous materials.
Self Luminous Safety Signs: How Do They Compare to Other Products?
Self luminous safety signs have the most significant cost, safety, and sustainability benefits. You can expect the average expense to be less than one hundred dollars. Low end LED signs have lower costs, but far surpass photoluminescent products because of energy usage. Tritium identifiers are the most expensive of the three, with the lowest average cost being above one hundred dollars.
Luminous identifiers are the least expensive of the three to install and costs far less to employ over a span of ten to fifteen years. In the expense department, they are the most cost efficient choice due to minimal maintenance, zero energy use, and reasonable installation expenses. These products will also last the longest when installed in your building.
When compared for safety, identifiers made out of photoluminescent materials can operate as a failsafe by absorbing energy before the lights quit functioning and emitting it as a glow when the building becomes dark. LED signing must have functional bulbs, working batteries, or a backup power source. Those using radioactive materials could also work, but have been banned in many locations due to their use of hazardous chemicals.
Circuit boards or batteries used by LED items create hazardous waste and emit greenhouse gases. Tritium identifiers add an additional risk of radioactivity during usage. Inability to be recycled makes their disposal more expensive. Self luminous safety signs can be recycled, do not use electricity, and contain zero hazardous materials. They are completely safe both for the environment and your building.
It is important to know how available products affect your building in case of an emergency. Incandescent and LED signs can fail, making them an insufficient backup. Tritium products are expensive to purchase, install, and dispose no matter where your building is located. GloBrite photoluminescent products use what is considered to be the best technology available. Many code regulations recommend them over other types of signing. Consider wireless exit signs to improve your building safety, cut costs, and obtain a sustainable visibility source.