Photoluminescent Safety Signs: Frequently Asked Questions

Self luminous building signage has become the safest type of building signage on the market. Unlike non-luminous signage that depends on backup lighting and reflective surfacing for illumination, luminescent signage increases evacuation safety with its self-sustaining technology. If you are considering implementing luminescent signs in your building, but you have questions about their use and application, the answers below can help.

How long do photoluminescent safety signs remain illuminated?

Length of illumination depends on two factors: the quality of a sign’s technology and its level of photon absorption prior to the discontinuation of ambient light. The best luminescent signage is designed to burn for up to 96 hours in total darkness. Globrite luminescent safety signage burns for up to 96 hours in total darkness.

How long do photoluminescent signs last?

Signs that contain superior technology can last for 25 years or longer, which is at least five years longer than the lifespan of self-luminous Tritium signage. Globrite safety signage is designed to last for over 25 years.

How much does it cost to implement photoluminescent safety signs?

Cost of implementation depends on the number of signs a building requires. Because company maintenance staff can perform the installations, installation cost is usually minimal. Concerning purchase price, most luminescent signs are affordable on almost any company budget.

What types of photoluminescent signs should a building contain?

The types of signs a building requires depends on its construction and the types of areas it contains. But the following types of signage are needed in almost all large commercial and residential R1 buildings: floor identification signage, emergency exit symbols, assisted rescue area signage and fire equipment signage. Because it is more dependable than electrical exit signage, buildings should also contain luminescent exit signage.

What building codes address the placement of photoluminescent signs?

Three levels of codes address luminescent safety signs: federal codes, state codes and municipal codes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establish federal codes. State codes are derived from a combination of OSHA standards, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, International Building Code (IBC) standards, and International Fire Code (IFC) Standards. Municipal codes are also derived from these standards.

What if my building isn’t subject to the codes above?

If your building is exempt from the codes above due to its size or the laws in your municipality, you may choose not to implement luminescent safety products. However, it is important to realize that almost all buildings can benefit from luminescent safety products, and that a lack of legislation requiring their implementation does not equate to a reduced need for their presence.

Why should I choose signs that are made by Globrite?

When you choose signs that are made by Globrite, you receive the best self luminous safety signs on the market, as well as the best photoluminescent safety signs. In addition to burning for up to 96 hours in total darkness, our signage offers superior visibility when smoke is present, is non-toxic, and can be recycled when its lifespan of 25 years or longer is finally over.

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