Whenever there is an emergency at a commercial building or business, it’s critical that customers and employees can evacuate the premises in a safe and orderly fashion. One of the best methods for safely evacuating people, even when the power has gone out, is using photoluminescence. An egress system designed with photoluminescent technology draws 100% of its power from the ambient light it absorbs. The markings re-emit the light and glow in the dark whenever the lights are off. This way, exit routes and stairs are clearly illuminated for a safe evacuation.
Unlike other methods of illuminating spaces, photoluminescence doesn’t need a power supply or any batteries to work. Instead, it’s being charged all of the time by ambient lighting including sunlight, fluorescent lighting, incandescent lighting, and halogen lamps. When your lighting system is completely charged, the photoluminescent lights or material will remain lit for up to 8-10 hours. Instead of adding more batteries at that time, all it takes is more time spent recharging.
Again, unlike traditional battery-powered systems, photoluminescent lighting fixtures and materials don’t need to be tested every month. As a result, you won’t need to worry about constant inspections to stay within code. While this might seem like a relatively small portion of time saved, over the course of one business year you could save hours by not needing to constantly test and re-test your emergency lighting fixtures.
Photoluminescent lighting systems last a whopping 25 years as long as they are properly installed and used. You might not need to use your photoluminescent paint or material ever, but in the event that disaster strikes 10 or 15 years down the road, you will still have a reliable source of safety lighting at your disposal.
Photoluminescent Technology from Concrete Visions
Concrete Visions has over 12 years of experience and expertise in concrete scanning and we know how to detect any problems lurking beneath the surface. We use ground penetrating radar accurately and expertly and are familiar in many other methods that can be used when appropriate like concrete x-ray and electromagnetic conductivity. We are also very familiar with the latest construction safety techniques and train all of our workers to do their work quickly, accurately, and safely. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, give is a call at (410) 766-2210 or visit us online. For more articles and tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.