Photoluminescent Exit Signs – CBC & IBC Section 1011

photoluminescent emergency exit signYour safety matters. When it comes to building safety, no one does it better than Active Safety. As a pioneer in the photoluminescent exit signs and markers, we truly believe in protecting our customers through leading the field in what we do.

When it comes to choosing the best exit signs for your needs, no one does it better. Our signs allow for a much safer and greener installation process, and are compliant with most building codes. Whether you need an indoor our outdoor light, our exit signs are equipped to handle all conditions and circumstances.

Most other exit signs come with a whole host of problems, including difficult battery replacement and other safety issues. Our self illuminating exit signs avoid these problems completely by utilizing our latest technologies. No more unnecessary replacements, and harmful exposure to radiation.

If your building requires timers and motion sensing, you’ll benefit from easy lighting circuits that are energized all the time. Which means, our lights will be running when you need them the most. When it comes to safety for all of your building patrons you need a photoluminescent exit sign that can keep up.

If you’re interested in saving money on installation, maintenance, and operating costs, then consider our self luminous exit signs. Below you’ll find all of our technical specs that truly make our exit signs stand out from the rest.

CBC & IBC Section 1011 Code

cbc 2010 1011.4 – Internally illuminated exit signs. Electrically powered, self-luminous and photoluminescent exit signs shall be listed and labeled in accordance with ul 924 and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and chapter 27. Exit signs shall be illuminated at all times. (See CSFM Interpretation( Shall ber illumintated at all times while the builidng is occupied.

2009 IBC1011.4 – Internally illuminated exit signs. Electrically powered, self-luminous and photoluminescent exit signs shall be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 924 and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and Chapter 27. Exit signs shall be illuminated at all times.

2012 IBC 1011.3 – Illumination. Exit signs shall be internally or externally illuminated.

Exception: Tactile signs required by Section 1011.4 need not be provided with illumination.

1011.5 Internally illuminated exit signs – Electrically powered, self-luminous and photoluminescent exit signs shall be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 924 and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and Chapter 27. Exit signs shall be illuminated at all times.

CheckList for Photoluminescent Exit Signs

  • The faces of the exit signs see at least 5 foot-candles of light from an artificial ‘charging light source’ – typically fluorescent. With popular lighting fixtures, this usually means the signs need to be within 6-10 feet of the charging light source.
  • The charging light source is illuminated [irrespective of timers & sensors] during building occupancy and not controlled by unauthorized personnel. [However, no charging light source is needed during emergency conditions.]
  • The exit signs are listed to Underwriters Laboratories UL-924 standard and located in accordance with their rated ‘viewing distance’. Therefore, exit signs with a viewing distance of 75 ft [i.e. Active Safety Series 2002] are located 150 feet apart.
  • The exit signs are not located completely outdoors. Good locations are rooms, hallways, corridors, stairways, lobbies, covered exterior corridors, and parking garages.
  • There is adequate contrast between the exit sign face and the background.
  • Groups A, E, I and R1, R2 require low level exit signs or pathway markers.

Design tip: Layout photoluminescent exit signs first and then position lighting accordingly.

BEST APPLICATIONS: Hotels, condos, schools, retail, offices, military, airports, hospitals, factories, prisons, parking garages, etc.

Note: These are only general guidelines. For specific project applications, please consult codes, and local building & fire inspection authorities.
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