Using photoluminescent products is fast becoming the material of choice for emergency lighting. The industry has long awaited standardization to drive the useful, non-electrical materials into application. Leading the way were the International Standards Organization (ISO 16069, “Safety Way Guidance Systems”) and the International Maritime Organizations (IMO A.752(18), “Guidelines of evaluation, testing and application of low location lighting on passenger ships”).
The recent adaptations of the ISO 16069 by New York City (NYC), Department of Buildings displays a responsible system design for office buildings and other similar environments. The application standard RS6-1 of the NYC Local Law 26 may be found at NYC Department of Buildings.
As the world continues to adapt and adopt photoluminescent lighting into emergency egress application for buildings, transportation and infrastructure, one must be mindful of the key ingredient of a ‘responsible’ emergency lighting system – functionality.
The quality of the luminance of the materials as they relate to the ambient light conditions of the egress environment is a crucial determinate for a system design. The emergency lighting systems should provide occupants with information such as: where one is at any point in time, and identify the choices of an escape path from every location. Additionally, any hazards should be marked, with similar hazards marked in similar fashions. Continuity is also suggested for general design so to minimize confusion.
We also suggest consideration for the marking of areas and equipment necessary for identification by emergency fire or medical personnel.
To provide “Green” attributes to your system design one must allow for durable materials that provide for less consumables used in construction.
Further information about photoluminescent system design is available at:
International, U.S. and Canadian Standards and Regulations.