What to Consider When Choosing Luminous Egress Path Markings

As an important aspect of building and fire safety, luminous egress path markings are required in all new and existing high-rise buildings in order to act as a fail-safe emergency lighting system.

While there may be many options available, weighing out the considerations below will help to ensure you chose the right luminous egress path markings for your building.

Code Compliance

Although there may be many choices for luminous egress path markings, not all are made equal! International building, fire, and life safety codes outline stringent standards that photoluminescent egress path markings must meet in order to be considered code compliant. These include features such as luminescence, operation, time, and visibility from a distance.

Before settling on a luminous egress path marking system for your building, it is critical to ensure they meet code compliance.

Installation Application

As there are many aspects within an egress system, choosing the right luminous egress path marker depends greatly on where it will be installed. Where more general products, like photoluminescent strips may be seen as versatile and suitable to be installed anywhere, they may not be able to withstand the use of every area, such as step-edges.  


Can the luminous egress path markings you chose be trusted to turn on when you need them the most? Gaining a charge from surrounding light sources, photoluminescent exit signs and other luminous egress path markings are ready to emit a bright glow of emergency lighting, without the need to flip a switch.

By operating completely independently of your building’s power systems, luminous egress path markingscome on without a thought, giving you peace of mind knowing your building is always equipped for emergency egress.

Consider choosing luminous egress path markings that have been proven to stay on for hours after power failure, to ensure your building remains well-lit, supporting a safe emergency egress.

Luminous egress path markings are required by international building, fire and life safety codes in high-rise buildings to ensure the egress path remains well lit. Luminous egress path markings must be installed in several key areas of the egress pathway, including step-edges, handrails, exit doors and around the perimeter and any obstructions. Because they rely only on surrounding light sources to gain a charge, luminous egress path markings are a fail-safe, non-powered emergency lighting system you can rely on.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Avoid replacement costs by ensuring the luminous egress path marking products you chose are durable enough withstand the wears and tears caused by daily use. Additionally, labor costs can also be reduced with the right luminous egress path markings, requiring no maintenance for reliable operation. Because they do not rely on batteries or any power, luminous egress path markings do not require frequent maintenance or inspection.

Some photoluminescent path marking products, however, can suffer from the settling of photoluminescent particles, which results in an inconsistent light source and ultimately requires replacement.

Well-built luminous egress path markings will not suffer from settling and require minimum maintenance, perhaps just the occasional dusting.

To equip your building with the best safety features, make sure you chose the right luminous egress path marking system for your building! Installing the best photoluminescent products gives you peace of mind knowing your building is equipped to support a safe and efficient emergency egress.

Ecoglo® has been providing industry-leading luminous egress path markings and photoluminescent signs around the world for over two decades, and our patented manufacturing process and innovative photoluminescent technology provides you with a world class product! Ecoglo®’s wide range of photoluminescent products includes everything you need to create a code compliant luminous egress pathway.