Choosing egress identifiers for your office building is easy with an understanding of what code compliant options are available. The selected identifiers should provide a reliable visual source, be cost effective, and durable. As a building owner, you have the choice of using electric or self-luminous products. Incandescent egress items are not as reliable as their photoluminescent counterparts because they require power to be seen. This option also increases the cost of making your structure compliant with local or national building codes. Incandescent methods use light bulbs in combination with a power source to supply a consistently lit identifier above each possible egress point. Regulations require installed signs to be constantly lit by a backup power source to provide the utmost safety. The operational expenses for this compliance choice often range in the thousands for a multi-story structure. Occupants are left in a completely dark environment in instances where both power sources fail. Photoluminescent options deliver the dependability individuals need to quickly reach the nearest egress point.
What Additional Benefits Do Self-Luminous Exit Signs Supply?
Putting yourself in the most disastrous emergency situation possible is the easiest way to understand the importance of photoluminescent choices. You are working in a cubicle or open spaced office on the seventh floor of a ten story structure. Everyone begins to exit toward the corridor as the alarms go off without warning. As you reach the door to the adjoining hallway, the main power fails and a brief lull exists as the electricity is switched over to the backup generator. In many situations, everyone can find their way to the practiced safety point because the lighting returns as the backup source turns on. A failed generator leaves everyone attempting to find their way down dark hallways and stairs to the nearest exit door. While practice drills aid in creating familiarity with egress paths, they do not prepare anyone for this situation. Incandescent lighted aids have the possibility of failure at the worst times and create an unsafe evacuation environment. Time is essential as a group of occupants makes their way down seven flights of floors and it can take too long to exit when no visual aids are available.
If your office building has multiple floors, it is important to fully weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each choice before making a decision. While incandescent identifiers are status quo, they do not provide the dependability occupants need to safely leave the structure in any situation. Self-luminous exit signs have these benefits:
- Visibility Without Power
- Low Maintenance
- Reduced Installation Expenses
- Safe for the Environment
- Easy to Dispose
An incandescent sign contains materials that are harmful for the environment and is not as reliable due to maintenance complications. These signs require an increased number of installation steps and have particular maintenance needs to remain dependable. Disposal fees, upkeep costs, and usage expenses are higher when implementing incandescent or Tritium choices. Glow-in-the-dark exit signs supply a low cost alternative for any structure where visibility is imperative for a quick departure. An average lifespan of twenty-years and reduced implementation costs make them the most feasible egress choice.