The International Building Code and the International Fire Code were both updated in 2009 to include glow-in-the-dark egress systems as a perfectly safe and reliable option for public and private buildings. Both these codes were updated in 2012 and 2015, and both have affirmed that photoluminescent path markings and signs are a viable and cost-effective way to provide safe egress in emergencies.
However, some companies in the construction industry have failed to explore the possibility of using photoluminescent egress systems in their new construction. Such companies remain entrenched in the belief that electric exit signs are the best or only option. However, more and more companies around the globe are realizing that wireless egress systems using photoluminescent safety grade materials are actually more reliable, more cost-effective, and more eco-friendly than electric systems.
In a wide variety of emergency situations, the power is likely to go out. When this happens, most electric emergency signs have a battery pack that is supposed to allow them to continue functioning for the required 90 minutes following an emergency. However, in order for these batteries to function properly, they must be drained and recharged once every year. Most building owners simply do not go to the trouble to do this, which means that in an emergency, electric signs are likely to fail. In fact, it’s estimated that 40% to 60% of all building exit signs do not work properly.
Photoluminescent signs, on the other hand, don’t rely on any external power source in order to function. When the lights go out, photoluminescent exit signs are made to last in excess of the 90 minute requirement. There are no batteries to drain and recharge — maintaining photoluminescent signs is as simple as wiping the dust off of them every now and then.
Electric exit signs require wiring, bulbs, batteries, and complicated installation. Glow-in-the-dark egress systems are completely wireless. Installation can be completed in a matter of minutes, saving construction companies a great deal of time and money, not to mention the cost savings that building owners will enjoy when their exit signs don’t require any money to operate.
Every construction company that is dedicated to making their buildings more green should consider the benefits of photoluminescent signs. The signs made by GloBrite are 100% recyclable, they have a low carbon footprint and do not consume excess energy, and they can last for upwards of 25 years.
If you haven’t considered utilizing photoluminescent egress systems in your construction jobs, contact Jessup Manufacturing, the makers of GloBrite, to learn more about the numerous benefits and savings associated with this proven technology.