Self Luminous Egress Lighting: Its Advantages over Backup Lighting

Self luminous safety products are required by the majority of large U.S. commercial and residential buildings. In particular, photoluminescent egress markings are required in their egress paths, even when they contain backup lights. Backup lighting, one of the oldest emergency egress solutions, has documented drawbacks, which is why self-luminous egress lighting is increasingly becoming a legal requirement. If the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not require your building to contain backup lighting, below are eight reasons to implement luminescent egress markings instead.

Not Reliant on Generator or Battery Power

Battery or generator powered backup lighting depends on a self-contained or remote power source for operation. Failure of battery powered lighting usually results from poor maintenance. Failure of generator powered lighting occurs following generator failure, which could result from a destructive event—as happened during the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center—or poor emergency power supply system (EPSS) maintenance.

Self-sustaining photoluminescent egress markings eliminate these concerns.

No Cost of Operation

Because photoluminescent egress markings use no electricity, their operation costs are minimal. Backup lighting relies on battery or generator fuel purchase.

No Maintenance Cost

Unlike backup lighting, photoluminescent egress markings contain no breakable parts, moveable parts, or any aspect of operation that requires maintenance. Backup lighting requires regular testing, occasional parts replacement, and battery replacement in the case of battery powered lights.

Low Purchase Price

Self luminous egress lighting can be purchased in the form of photoluminescent tape. A 50-yard roll of tape can cost less than a single commercial grade backup light.

Low Implementation Cost

Photoluminescent markings require no wiring, no drywall work, nor special mounting supplies. Building owners or staff can install the markings on their own by referring to International Fire Code (IFC) and National Fire protection Association (NFPA) guidelines.

Performs Better in the Presence of Smoke

Backup lighting performs poorly in the presence of dense smoke, its illumination mostly blocked by smoke particles. Conversely, photoluminescent egress markings remain visible when dense smoke is present due to the lower wavelength of their illumination.

No Breakable Parts

Due to its many breakable parts, backup lighting is vulnerable to falling debris and shockwaves from explosions, but photoluminescent egress markings are impervious to such events. In addition to containing no breakable parts, they remain firmly in place in the midst of falling debris or shockwaves.

Easy to Replace

Photoluminescent egress markings are as easy to replace as peeling tape away and reapplying it. Backup lighting, on the other hand, requires remounting and rewiring.

Glo-Brite has the Luminescent Egress Markings You Need

At Glo-Brite, we sell luminous egress lighting in the form of egress markings, safety signs, and exit signs. If you need to improve the fire safety and evacuation safety of your building, do not wait until an evacuation tragedy leaves you with no choice. Be proactive and implement egress markings and fire safety signs that protect your building occupants from injury, and you from lawsuits. To learn more about the best products for your building, call Glo-Brite today.

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