Why are Photoluminescent Exit Signs Good for the Environment?
Exit signs that use photoluminescent materials are consistently the most eco-friendly exit signs available. They don’t consume any excess energy like their electric counterparts, and they are completely safe to handle, unlike tritium exit signs.
Better for the Environment than Electric Exit Signs
Electric exit signs constantly draw electricity in order to glow. If the lights ever go out, they rely on a backup battery pack in order to work. Both the electricity and the battery pack have a negative impact on the environment that can be eliminated by switching to photoluminescent exit signs.
While electric signs require complicated wiring, laborious installation, and regular maintenance including the draining and recharging of backup batteries and the replacement of burnt out bulbs, photoluminescent signs don’t require any of that. They can simply be screwed in place in a matter of minutes.
Once the installer verifies that enough light is hitting the sign, photoluminescent exit signs can function virtually maintenance free and without any additional energy for 25 years or more. That equates to major energy savings over electric signs, as well as significant cost savings.
Better for the Environment than Tritium Signs
Tritium exit signs are another alternative to electric signs that don’t require an energy source. Tritium is the radioactive form of hydrogen. The tritium in exit signs is man-made and combined with other chemicals to create a continuous, self-powering light source.
The big problem with tritium exit signs is the hazard that they present to people. If during an emergency situation a tritium sign were to fall down and break, high levels of tritium would be released and could have harmful effects on anyone in the nearby area. In fact, the EPA has guidelines and regulations for the use of tritium signs because they can be so harmful when they are broken. In addition, when tritium signs need to be replaced, they can’t simply be thrown in the trash. They need to be properly removed and placed in a waste repository for radioactive materials.
None of these problems exist with photoluminescent signs. The material used to create the glow of photoluminescent exit signs is man-made, but it is completely non-toxic. Photoluminescent signs are safe to touch and handle, even if they break or become damaged. When the time comes to dispose of a photoluminescent sign, you can rest assured that GloBrite® Eco-Exit signs are 100% recyclable.
Learn more about the eco-benefits of photoluminescent signs by contacting Jessup Manufacturing, the makers of GloBrite®, today.