As an innovative solution, photoluminescent path markings have quickly become a popular choice among property managers and architects, and are now required by international building, fire, and life safety codes.
Required for their critical role in creating safer emergency egress conditions, utilizing luminous egress path markings in the best ways can benefit your building, and it’s occupants, both with the lights on and off.
Gaining a full charge from exposure to surrounding light sources, luminous egress path markings do not require any electrical wiring or batteries in order to provide back-up lighting. Unlike other emergency lighting systems, photoluminescent path markings do not need to be manually switched on or regularly inspected to ensure their operation.
To get the best results from your photoluminescent path markings ensure they are installed in well-lit areas, and that the building’s lights are turned on during occupation, allowing the luminous egress path markings to gain a full charge.
In all lighting conditions, photoluminescent egress path markings can help occupants to clearly identify and follow the exit pathway.
The use of directional signage, such as photoluminescent exit signs, floor identification signs and door hardware markings all help to guide occupants to the final exit discharge. Installing these, and other photoluminescent path markings, allow occupants to exit the building quickly and safely under any conditions.
Under any lighting condition, locating the step-edge can present a challenge to some. One of the best ways to use photoluminescent path markings to enhance building safety is installing a photoluminescent strip across the step edge of each stair within the exit stairwells.
Not only does this clearly define the step-edge, reducing the risk of trips and falls, but ensures the step-edge remains easily visible in all lighting conditions. The photoluminescent strip will glow brightly in the dark ensuring occupants can safely descend the stairs towards the exit discharge even if the building’s power has failed, enhancing both egress speeds and safety.
Photoluminescent obstruction markings are another way to get the most out of your luminous egress path markings and enhance overall building safety.
While exit pathways should always remain clear and free of obstacles, it’s not always possible. For objects that project into the exit pathway, such as standpipes, obstruction markings should be applied to call occupants’ attention to the object, ensuring they steer clear and avoid injury.
This specially designed photoluminescent strip is comprised of a pattern of equal strips of black and photoluminescent material which calls attention to obstacles that may get lost in the dark.