Self luminous products have the ability to “glow-in-the-dark” by storing energy acquired from surrounding ambient light and then emitting it when typical lighting sources are not present. Quality of used materials along with the product design determines how long the supplied glow lasts. Some items can remain visible for many hours with visibility slowly tapering off. The concept is most familiar in children’s toys and novelty items; however, photoluminescent properties are also applied to industrial grade products such as safety signing. Egress identification items are a requirement for various commercial structures including school buildings. While self luminous exit signs are not a legal requirement, they present multiple advantages over the characteristically installed choices.
Incandescent forms are fairly safe in regards to usage; however, they consume energy and add toxic waste to landfills. Electrically powered options are not as effective low-light or thick smoke emergency conditions. This compliance choice requires a backup power source, extensive installation practices, constant energy, and several maintenance tasks. Tritium was the original energy saving alternative to incandescent forms, but poses specific safety risks during use and maintenance procedures. The tubes used for illumination hold radioactive materials that use a chemical reaction to produce the glow necessary for visibility. Radioactive materials can be released into the building if these tubes become broken while performing maintenance or in severe emergency conditions. Self luminous exit signs remove safety concerns by providing an affordable, environmentally safe alternative.
Why Choose Photoluminescent Designs to Assist With Egress Identification?
A school building must have the most dependable products to ensure every occupant is capable of following set exit routes. Egress identification items are required by state building safety codes to make certain each person in a structure has visual sources for exiting a structure quickly without injury. Photoluminescent options make less of a carbon footprint and deliver cost savings by:
- Reducing Power Consumption
- Cutting Maintenance Costs
- Requiring Minimal Installation
- Supplying an Average Lifespan of 25 Years
- Including Safety Grade Materials
- Offering a High Performance Design
- Eliminating Toxic Materials
This choice significantly decrease expenses in a state regulated area while supplying the dependability your school needs to keep everyone safe. The average incandescent sign consumes a small wattage of power at all times and this cost can be magnified into the thousands when a high count must be installed throughout your building. Photoluminescent products cost approximately the same to purchase, but do not require professional installation or an extensive amount of maintenance during their lifespan. These characteristics automatically cut down expenses thus allowing your school to move funding to another needed area.
An increased lifespan makes it possible to use less materials and further decrease costs. Each photoluminescent identifier can last for a long time with a minimal amount of upkeep. An extended lifespan limits resource consumption to promote the concept of sustainability while meeting compliance standards. Self luminous exit signs do not deplete resources like Tritium or incandescent options because they are designed from non-toxic, recyclable materials. Utilization of self luminous products throughout your building protects future resources, reduces costs, fosters sustainability, and increases student safety in the event of extreme emergency situations.