Choosing a Green Exit Sign: Does it Really Matter?

Green Exit Signs can greatly reduce our carbon footprint and YOUR Electric bill!

If your building contains IFC compliant exit signs, then it likely contains photoluminescent exit signs—the luminescent exit signs of choice. But if your building doesn’t contain IFC recommended exit signs, then you’re probably overpaying on your annual electric bill by using electrical exit signs (incandescent, compressed fluorescent, or LED), not to mention contributing to environmental decline by using electricity to power your signs. Although exit signs would seem to be a minor contributor to carbon pollution, taken as whole, they represent a measurable tax on the environment, especially considering that most buildings still contain incandescent exit signs, each of which consumes 40 Watts of electricity over a ten-year period.

For companies that are committed to going green and realizing cost savings through green design, the implementation photoluminescent signs—also referred to as eco friendly exit signs—is a common step toward reducing both carbon emissions and annual utility costs. Unlike electrical exit signs, photoluminescent exit signs use no electricity and are maintenance free. Working by principle of photoluminescence, the signs absorb ambient light from their surroundings and re-emit them in the form of a distinct glow. Unlike Tritium signs, which are also electricity-free but are powered by radioactive capsules, photoluminescent signs are non-toxic and 100 percent recyclable.

As an idea of how much you can save by switching from electrical signs to eco friendly signs—energy efficiency research shows that companies who replace 100 incandescent signs with photoluminescent signs can save roughly $3,700 a year in annual utility costs—money that some companies use to budget for larger green projects. If you’re tired of the cost and maintenance associated with an electrical exit sign, switching to a photoluminescent sign—the green exit sign of choice—is a great way to both save on utilities and save the environment.

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