Reducing expenditures and environmental impact are two important goals of businesses today. A number of the eco-friendly solutions made available cause companies to experience an increase in expenses rather than a reduction. Tritium gas exit signs have been one applied effort for maintaining a code compliant building; however, they are not the best choice when “going green” is the objective. Egress signing has a large impact on the amount of energy used by a building each year. Traditional options powered by electricity entail a yearly expense ranging from five to fifty dollars each year per sign. Five incandescent lighted identifiers average just below two-hundred dollars a year to operate. This expense does not include the purchasing price, professional installation, maintenance, and required backup measures. These costs make it important to seek an alternative option that is capable of meeting building safety regulations without the need for electricity.
The Impacts of Choosing Tritium
Tritium gas exit signs have long been the choice for eliminating energy costs; however, they are not the safest available option for business owners. This signing choice does decrease installation, maintenance, and electrical usage costs. Tritium identifiers do not have to be wired to a main or backup power source since illumination occurs without electricity. It is the materials used to generate illumination that make them the less ideal choice for a greener, safe building. Tritium gas exit signs contain a radioactive hydrogen isotope housed in a phosphor coated tube. The gas reacts with the phosphor coating as beta decay takes place to provide non-electrical illumination for an average of ten to twenty years. Improper disposal or care during maintenance allows the gas to escape into the atmosphere. Cleanup and disposal procedures entail a higher overall expensive since leakages pose harm to humans, animals, and plant life.
Photoluminescent Products Offer Additional Benefits
Tritium gas exit signs can be substituted with newer, zero-energy options designed to be non-harmful to the environment. Photoluminescent identifiers are an affordable, environmentally safe option offered to building owners. They deliver the same benefits of Tritium based products, but do not contain materials capable of harming people or the environment. Identifiers containing a self-illuminating pigment are the most efficient safety product currently available on the market. A pigment included in the film placed on the metal substrate absorbs energy throughout the day and then releases it when lighting is minimal or non-existent to provide increased visibility at the time of an emergency.
Photoluminescent choices are free of toxic materials, easy to install, environmentally safe, and an affordable way to keep a structure compliant with local codes. In addition to these initial perks, photoluminescent signing costs less to purchase than other zero-energy alternatives. These products require minimal installation and maintenance tasks over their twenty-five year duration of life. Wiping them off once or twice a week is enough to ensure visibility during an emergency. Photoluminescent options are also completely recyclable meaning they do not get added to a landfill or allow toxic materials to enter the atmosphere. Countless owners are substituting their Tritium gas exit signs with these newer self-luminous products to reduce operational costs and create greener, eco-friendly structures.