Photoluminescent LED Exit Sign
The Safety Path Photoluminescent Exit Sign with an in-built low-wattage LED, for general use.
The LED provides a dedicated light source to recharge the photoluminescence.
In an emergency, photoluminescence illuminates the exit sign.
There’s no battery and no need for a networked monitoring system.
Photoluminescent LED Exit Sign Benefits
The Acrylic Case Photoluminescent exit sign is our best-selling sign. The following mounts are available:
- Suspended from ceilings
- Wall face-mounted
Each style is available with the following options:
- Size, for different viewing distances
- Single-sided or double-sided
- Straight ahead, left arrow, right arrow, left and right arrow (double-sided signs)
- Low-power LED option.
In low-light environments like storage areas and service tunnels where 100 lux cannot be provided to the face of the sign, a low wattage LED option can be used to ‘charge’ the PL sign. Power consumption ranges from 1.4W to 5.9W depending on the size and type of exit sign. No backup power is required. If power to the LED fails the sign will emit its own light – that’s the power of photoluminescence!
Safety Path Product Specification – Photoluminescent LED Exit Sign
|Viewing Distance||Product Code||Description||Width|
|Power PL & LED
|16m||EP16SS (N/R/L)||Industrial (Panel)||293||185||5.0|
|EP16DS (N//D)||Industrial (Panel)||293||185|
|24m||EP24SS (N/R/L)||Industrial (Panel)||423||250||5.0|
|EP24DS (N/D)||Industrial (Panel)||423||250|
|32m||EP32SS (N/R/L)||Industrial (Panel)||563||325||5.0|
|EP32DS (N/D)||Industrial (Panel)||563||325|
|40m||EP40SS (N/R/L)||Industrial (Panel)||703||400||5.0|
|EP40DS (N/D)||Industrial (Panel)||703||400|
Photoluminescent exit signs must be installed in accordance with NCC (2019) Specification E4.8.
When installation involves replacing a legacy electric exit sign a qualified electrician must be used.
The following maintenance (inspection) regime for photoluminescent exit signs may be undertaken by any competent person.
For signs that have an LED light panel, the light panel or PSU should be replaced when it expires. Being low voltage, a qualified electrician is not required.
- Survey to ensure signs are in place, legible and not obstructed. Clean as necessary.
- Survey to ensure the LED light panel is operational.
- Test to ensure the signs receive the minimum illumination requirement from the general building light sources and/or the LED light panel. The illumination at the face of the sign should be checked with an illuminance meter.
LED Exit Signs
Yes. The use of photoluminescent exit signs in place of electric exit signs is permitted by Part E4.8 and Specification E4.8 of the Building Code of Australia. The Building Code of Australia is part of the National Construction Code.
Specification E4.8 includes a requirement that photoluminescent exit signs are maintained in a continuously charged state by a minimum illumination of 100 lux at the face of the sign. The in-built LED provides 100 lux to the face of the exit sign.
Our hybrid LED/photoluminescent exit sign is designed to work where there are sensor lights, as well as low-light environments or just where you’d prefer to have an illuminated exit sign.
The Building Code of Australia’s Specification E4.8 includes a requirement that photoluminescent exit signs are maintained in a continuously charged state by a minimum illumination of 100 lux at the face of the sign.
The low-powered high-efficiency LED in the Safety Path hybrid exit sign illuminates the sign with a minimum of 100 lux. Should there be a power failure, the photoluminescent component of the exit sign will emit its own light.
There’s no need for a connection to an emergency power supply or battery, so this sign has a lower installation cost and lower ongoing environmental impact than a standard electric exit sign.
The power consumption of our LED / PL hybrids ranges from 1.4W to 5.9W. Example applications of our LED / PL hybrid exit sign are in low-light environments such as store rooms, service tunnels and buildings that have sensor lights in infrequently or inconsistently used areas.
Safety Path photoluminescent exit signs release 52 millicandelas per square metre (mcd/m2) at 90 minutes, exceeding the minimum luminance requirement of the Building Code of Australia.
The Building Code of Australia requires a photoluminescent exit sign to provide a minimum luminance of 30 mcd/m2 for not less than 90 minutes.
The LED within the hybrid LED/photoluminescent exit sign has a 5-year warranty for the LED and PSU electrical components. There is a 12-year warranty on the photoluminescent materials and casing.
Independent accelerated age testing of the photoluminescent materials gives an expected life of more than 30-years.
No. The photoluminescent materials in our exit signs are non-toxic, non-radioactive and environmentally stable. No glow-worms are harmed in their production. Seriously. The lithium battery in a traditional exit sign is of more concern.
Photoluminescent exit signs are used by major corporates, office landlords and public institutions that are reducing their environmental impact and their annual operating costs. A good example is national hardware and electrical retailer, Bunnings, which has been retrofitting photoluminescent signs across its national portfolio.
The USA, Canada, European Union, England, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Asian nations have regulations permitting the use of photoluminescent exit signs as an alternative to traditional electric exit signs in commercial buildings. They can be found in many buildings including multi-story commercial buildings, entertainment venues and international airports.
Australia’s performance requirements for photoluminescent exit signs are significantly higher than in other countries. Safety Path’s photoluminescent exit signs exceed Australia’s tough requirements.
The USA requires more than 5 mcd/m2 for 90 minutes after an input of 10.8 lux for one hour.
The European Union requires more than 2.8 mcd/m2 for 60 minutes after an input of 1,000 lux for five minutes.
The main benefit of our hybrid LED/photoluminescent exit sign is the total absence of a battery. This reduces its environmental impact compared to legacy electric exit signs that use batteries as their backup power supply. Without a battery and associated electronics, the Safety Path hybrid LED/photoluminescent exit sign has less ways to fail.
Our hybrid LED/photoluminescent exit signs consume much less electricity than many electric exit signs, and as a consequence, have comparatively low emissions. The power consumption of our LED/photoluminescent exit signs ranges from 1.4W to 5.9W.