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Retrofitted Exit Signs Can Save Up to 90% in Energy Costs

exit signBecause illuminated exit signs shine 24/7 and are required by law in commercial facilities, they are one of the first areas that a company should consider for a lighting retrofit.

Exit signs using LEDs can save up to 90 percent in energy costs, according to BigNews.

Older exit signs require frequent maintenance because the incandescent bulbs burn out more often than LEDs. Some older bulbs require replacement up to four times a year, according to the article.

The return on investment for switching to LEDs is typically about nine months.

Another study found that older exit sign models can consume over 350 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and cost $28 each annually to operate, while Energy Star labeled LED exit signs use only 44 kWh of electricity, and cost less than $4 annually to operate, according to a study by SolutionsforRemodeling.com.

As an example of a recent retrofit, Misericordia University is using federal stimulus funds to replace 42 incandescent exit signs with LED fixutres, according to the Times Leader. The exit sign retrofit is part of a larger lighting retrofit at the Pennsylvania-based university, which received more than $170,000 in stimulus funds for the project.

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One thought on “Retrofitted Exit Signs Can Save Up to 90% in Energy Costs

  1. LED exit signs can provide significant savings in energy and maintenance costs over older electrical signs using incandescent and fluorescent lamps. LED lighting of all kinds holds the promise to provide tremendous savings over the next several years and decades as older lighting is retired and replaced.

    Another way to save even more energy, money and maintenance expenditures is to replace electrical exit signs with non-electrical photoluminescent exit signs. Where there is sufficient normal interior lighting to properly charge code compliant photoluminescent signs, there is 100% savings in energy costs compared to LED and other electrical exit lights.

    Imagine, code compliant non-electrical emergency lighting. Safe. Reliable. Effective. ZERO energy consumption; ZERO radioactive components; no batteries, LEDs or lamps to replace; virtually ZERO maintenance. EverGlow aluminum photoluminescent exit signs contain ZERO toxic or vinyl components and have a minimum of 60% post consumer recycled aluminum content.

    Building & fire code officials, life safety experts and building owners concerned with the safety of their tenants are all moving toward non-electrical photoluminescent emergency lighting – code compliant exit signs, floor level exit path markings, stair nosings and handrail markers. Some are trying to save money; some are trying to mark their exits so they can provide for faster, safer egress during emergencies. Only photoluminescent emergency lighting can provide many hours of luminance to identify the escape path during electrical failures with no concerns with radioactive environmental contaminants.

    The author is operations manager of EverGlow NA, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of photoluminescent emergency lighting.

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