Photoluminescent means of egress are largely underutilized by schools, hospitals, businesses, and transit companies, and the main reason is that most people don’t understand what makes photoluminescent egress systems different or better than other egress systems.
In order to remedy that, let’s compare the three most common forms of egress systems side-by-side to learn what sets photoluminescent exit signs apart.
Electric egress systems can be used indoors or outdoors, as long as the components are protected from the weather. With more than a hundred million exit signs operating 24 hours a day throughout the United States, companies spend about $1 billion to purchase, install, operate, and maintain electric exit signs. The energy costs alone for one hundred incandescent exit signs is $3,500 per year. Plus, over the course of their life, electric egress systems will have a carbon footprint of almost half a million pounds of CO2.
Electric egress systems have the benefit of being constantly illuminated, but if the power ever goes out – as it is apt to do in emergency situations – electric emergency signs will fail unless they are backed up by an emergency generator.
Tritium-based exit signs do not share the operational costs of electric signs because they use radiation to glow 24 hours a day. The tritium found inside such exit signs is monitored by the EPA, because large doses of tritium have the potential to cause cancer. If properly maintained, tritium exit signs are safe, but if they are broken or improperly handled, tritium signs can be very dangerous to anyone who comes into contact with them.
Plus, tritium signs must be properly disposed of in order to avoid damaging the environment. Unfortunately, most signs made with tritium are simply thrown away, causing major environmental concerns.
Like tritium systems, photoluminescent exit signs do not require any electricity to operate. Zero-energy photoluminescent exit signs are non-toxic, non-radioactive, and 100% recyclable. They can be used in wet and dry conditions and will last for upwards of 25 years under the right circumstances. Because photoluminescent signs don’t require any electricity to operate, they are the ideal egress markers in blackouts and smoky conditions. Photoluminescent signs create cost savings, a greener environment, and safer conditions.
Contact Jessup Manufacturing Company, makers of GloBrite®, to learn more about what sets photoluminescent egress systems apart and receive additional information on the company’s product offerings.