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How to select Exit Signs
In every residential, commercial or industrial building there is an exit—and these exit ways should always be lit. A simple exit sign can save lives during emergencies and unplanned situations that take place once in a while. Westside Wholesale has prepared the guide below to help you in selecting the perfect exit signs.
First and foremost, the most important factor to consider when looking for exit signs is their compliance with NFPA requirements. Most of the manufacturers sell signs that comply with such requirements but it is always good to ensure that the sign you are about to order is one of such devices.
The next factor to pay attention to is the location of the exit sign and the mounting accessories that it may require during installation. In most cases, such accessories will come with the product, making installation an easy process.
The type of an exit sign is yet another important detail to consider. The type is determined by the lighting technology that such item uses. The options that exist today are presented with self-luminous, photo luminescent, LED, tritium and edge lit signs.
Self luminous exit signs are the most cost saving and long lasting items that are offered on today’s market. However, you will only be able to benefit from their efficiency after 10 to 15 years.
Photo luminescent exit signs are similar to the first type. They require little maintenance, are easy to install and get the job of illuminating the exit done with minimum costs.
LED exit signs consume less energy while operating in addition to providing save and low maintenance emergency illumination. The money that you will spend on LED exit signs installation will return in the first year of their operation.
Tritium exit signs consume no energy while providing you with proper emergency illumination. Moreover, they are easy to install and are resistant to extreme temperature changes, that’s why they can be installed both indoors and out.
Edge lit exit signs are equipped with a battery backup, require no special tools during installation and have programmed operation modes.
While each exit sign complies with NFPA requirements, they all offer various coverage and are designed for different types of buildings. The more precise information can be found in NFPA exit sign installation rules.
After the type of an exit sign is specified, ensure that you select the device of a proper size. Also, don’t forget to look for kits that come equipped with all mounting accessories and instructions, that way you won’t have to hire a technician to mount the signs for you.