Photoluminescent Exit Sign Regulations
Photoluminescent exit signs are revolutionizing exit signs and safety egress products. Photoluminescent technology has changed this landscape of emergency exit signs permanently, ushering in a new era of one-time costs, product longevity, and greatly increased reliability.
Photoluminescent exit signs drastically reduce the costs typically associated with traditional electrically powered exit signs. Electrical exit signs require an electrical conduit, which usually means hiring an electrician. However, photoluminescent exit signs can be installed by just about anyone in no time. Electrical exit signs rely on batteries to remain illuminated in the event of a power outage, which means maintaining, replacing, and testing the battery backup system. OSHA requires battery testing every month.
The LED strips inside most electrical exit signs are efficient, consuming only three to five watts of electricity, with an average lifespan of eight to ten years. Batteries in exit signs have a lifespan of three to five. Compare that to the twenty-five year, maintenance free lifespan of a photoluminescent exit sign, and the conclusion is often that photoluminescent exit signs are the easy, efficient, and affordable alternative to electrical exit signs.
Photoluminescent exit signs are UL924 listed, meaning it meets the same code requirements and certified to the same standards as electrical exit signs. The UL924 standard is based on regulations set forth by the IFC (International Fire Code), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), IBC (International Building Code), and ICC (International Construction Code. Therefore, it can be used as a replacement for electrical exit signs. Code compliant photoluminescent exit signs are the most affordable and long-term exit sign solution.
Photoluminescent exit signs illuminate by absorbing light emitted from regular light sources, such as incandescent, halogen, and fluorescent, needing only a small amount of light to charge. Photoluminescent exit signs are suitable for placement in indoor applications where the lights are on while the facility is occupied. Examples of facilities ideal for photoluminescent exit signs would be offices, hotels, schools, retail stores, and other commercial facilities.
For more information on photoluminescent exit sign regulations, contact Ecolink. Ecolink can provide you a detailed breakdown on everything you need to know regarding photoluminescent sign regulations, and how your business or building can successfully implement this reliable and safe emergency lighting technology.