The installation count of electrically powered signs to meet local building code regulations has consistently decreased over the last few years due to both reliability and operational costs. Numerous building owners are considering self-luminous options as a more affordable choice. An incandescent, compact fluorescent, or LED sign has a price tag of anywhere from thirty to over two-hundred dollars to purchase; however, it is the continued operational expense that makes them the less ideal compliance product. One incandescent model costs up to thirty-five dollars to operate per year and this total drastically inclines as the number of identifiers increases within a structure. Compact or LED options may be less costly to operate, but are incomparable to the zero-energy characteristics of Tritium or photoluminescent alternatives. Additional factors such as frequent bulb replacements and installation expenses have caused many owners to switch from electrically powered to self-illuminated products.
The Drawbacks of Tritium Identifiers
Tritium exit signs are the longstanding choice for those wanting an affordable alternative to the high operational overhead of electrically powered signs. Inclusion of radioactive materials, a higher purchasing price, and specific disposal requirements make them the most expensive non-electrical option. A single Tritium identifier entails a purchasing price of as much as three-hundred dollars. Their ability to eliminate electrical expenses and backup power source needs has caused this option to become a popular building code compliance implementation.
While less costly to use than incandescent signing, Tritium identifiers are regulated by the federal government due to the inclusion of radioactive materials. They must be handled carefully during regular maintenance procedures and have the highest disposal costs. A tube break requires special clean-up procedures along with notification to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Failure to report a breakage or appropriately follow disposal guidelines results in expensive NRC fines. A tube breakage creates an environmental hazard by releasing radioactive materials into the atmosphere. Newer self-luminous alternatives provide a dependable zero-energy option that is completely safe for the environment.
Photoluminescent Signs Reduce Costs While Helping the Environment
Photoluminescent identifiers require no power or backup sources to operate and do not contain toxic materials. Maintenance is far less since each sign does not contain bulbs or glass tubes. Photoluminescent building safety products average around eighty to one-hundred dollars to purchase with no extensive installation expenses. They do not involve operational costs, have the highest durability, and can be recycled. A photoluminescent sign lasts for approximately twenty-five years with minimal maintenance requirements and is not added to a landfill when replacement becomes necessary.
This newest form of glow-in-the-dark signing offers a reliable solution for creating a sustainable structure. The installation of photoluminescent signs throughout a building often results in thousands of dollars in savings. This choice also ensures a reliable resource is available to occupants any time an emergency occurs. Photoluminescent products allow the same benefits to be received without the risk of emitting harmful radioactive particles into the environment or harming individuals as structural conditions change. They are the most economical choice for ensuring code compliance and allow owners to easily incorporate eco-friendliness as part of their building design.