The era of the electric exit sign is coming to an end as major corporations implement photoluminescent exit signs, demonstrating that photoluminescent exit signs are commercially viable.

Bunnings, Visy, Westfield, Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, Mirvac and Woolworths are just some of Australia’s nationally recognised brands and owners of buildings that are using photoluminescent exit signs to reduce costs, reduce emissions and reduce harmful wastes. Globally they join prominent buildings in the UK, USA, EU and Canada that use photoluminescent exit sign technology .

Electric exit signs failure prone, locking in expensive electrical maintenance and replacement signs

Electric Exit Sign Interior
The battery, circuitry and LED lights for some electric exit signs are hidden in your roof space. Complete units are disposed of when a part fails.

Continuing to use old electric exit signs is locking a business into buying and maintaining a comparatively short lived and failure prone technology.  When working, every electric exit sign is a light left shining day and night.

That means increased energy bills and more emissions.

It also means electric components, batteries and globes that can fail.

It means frequent inspections to test that they’re working. Reality is that most units that fail are either ignored or the complete unit is thrown away.

Sleek looking LED blade designs for electric exit signs simply hide the bulky electric components in your ceiling space.

To combat the failure rate of electric exit signs, building owners are then encouraged to install a building management system or central monitoring system to report the status of each sign. That comes with costly installation and networking costs, exit sign upgrades to compatible models and ongoing licensing fees.

In comparison, a photoluminescent exit sign is just the sign itself. Light is stored within the photoluminescent material within the sign face. There’s no electrics to fail, within the sign panel or the roof space.

When there is a better technology for many applications, facility managers should be asking whether it is commercially viable and sustainable to be installing exit signs using the outdated technology in an electric exit sign.

Photoluminescent exit signs commercially viable

Photoluminescent exit signs are commercially viable because they have:

  • No electric components to fail
  • No backup power systems to be installed
  • No batteries to be replaced
  • No need to be connected to a building management system or central monitoring system
  • No emissions from power during their operation
  • No harmful waste compared to electric exit signs, which generate waste every 2-5 years when an electric unit fails
  • Accelerated age testing suggests a 30 year life for Safety Path photoluminescent exit signs.

The business case for their use is clearly there because some of Australia’s biggest companies are installing them.

See how effective a Safety Path Photoluminescent Exit Sign is

When installed in accordance with the National Construction Code, photoluminescent exit signs are fully compliant.

Continuing to use electric exit signs in new and existing buildings is wasteful, locking facility managers into an endless cycle of electrical inspections, replacement units and networking costs for a control system, which only benefits suppliers. With Safety Path’s high-quality photoluminescent exit signs expected to last 30 years, there’s big savings to be achieved.

Any organisation seriously concerned with corporate social responsibility and reducing its costs should be considering photoluminescent exit signs in its corporate social responsibility strategy and cost-reduction strategies. By doing so, they’ll be moving with the rest of the world to reduce emissions, reduce costs and reduce stress.

Find out more about Safety Path Photoluminescent Exit Signs here.