How to save money with photoluminescent and technology
According to recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy, there are over 100 million electric exit signs operating across the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The companies, schools, government facilities, hotels and other public buildings that use these electric signs pay a combined cost of over $1 billion a year in energy and maintenance costs.
When it comes to saving on energy costs, zero energy photoluminescent exit signs are clearly the solution. By replacing 100 incandescent exit signs in a building with eco-friendly photoluminescent exit signs, a building owner will save over $3,500 a year in energy costs – while reducing air pollution by almost a half a million pounds of CO2 over the life of the product.
Looking at the bigger picture, it is estimated that U.S. companies could save thousands of kilowatts of electricity each year by switching to photoluminescent exit signs. That translates to an annual energy cost-savings of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Along with this tremendous cost savings come the life-saving benefits of photoluminescent exit signs: a substantial increase in reliability and a greatly decreased risk of panic or injury during blackout or smoky conditions.
As we see national safety trends continuing to move towards the mandated use of photoluminescent safety signage, U.S. businesses and public and private institutions will look to save money on product installation and maintenance costs. Photoluminescent exit signs and egress pathway components can save you money in many ways:
- Compared to electric exit signs, photoluminescent exit signs are simple to install and require zero electricity to operate. This means you will not incur the additional labor and electrical costs associated with the installation of electric exit signs.
- Whereas electric egress pathway systems also require electricity to operate, the photoluminescent components found in a complete photoluminescent egress system are – like a photoluminescent exit sign – fueled by the absorption and storage of ambient fluorescent light and require no additional electricity to operate.
- Maintenance costs are also less with photoluminescent safety signs. Just like a normal lamp, most electric exit signs are illuminated through the use of light bulbs – and as we know, light bulbs burn out over time. There are no bulbs to replace with photoluminescent exit signs, and once installed they are easily maintained for 25+ years. This increased reliability also protects against potential life safety hazards that could result due to the lack of maintenance for electric exit signs.
- Where tritium exit signs are radioactive and incur expensive hazardous material disposal, photoluminescent exit signs are non-toxic and non-radioactive. Should you need to dispose of photoluminescent exit signs, all you have to do is put them in the nearest metal recycling bin.
When it comes to saving lives and saving energy dollars, photoluminescent exit signs, fire safety signs and egress components offer unsurpassed reliability while also saving you money on installation, maintenance and energy costs.