Photoluminescent Signs & Products in Houston, TX

Houston residents are diverse, and Houston itself is becoming a pivotal member of the global business community. In just the last two years, there have been over 750 expansion and relocation projects in Houston. For subcontractors and other stakeholders, this means every commercial construction project must maximize profits. But we can never compromise safety.

Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing photoluminescent signage offers affordable, easy-to-install safety markings for emergency egress. A commercial fire puts people into a panic.

We must prioritize making it as easy as possible for disoriented, frightened people working and visiting complicated commercial properties to find their way to safety.

That’s why safety signage as part of your fire prevention and warning system is so important.

How Do Photoluminescent Signs Work?

Originally, photoluminescent signs used copper-activated zinc sulfide. Today’s products use a phosphorescent chemical, strontium aluminate oxide, which is 10 times brighter and lasts 10 times longer than zinc sulfide products. Photoluminescent signs are now considered a critical component of effective egress systems.

Photoluminescent signs mark the path to safety when standard signs fail. When exposed to light, the photoluminescent material stores light energy. When the lights go out, the signs’ stored energy illuminates the photoluminescent material — in other words, the signs “light up.”

Some photoluminescent signs can provide light for as long as 30 hours, even in blackouts. You can install these photoluminescent signs:

  • Along emergency exit routes
  • Anywhere the elevation rises or falls quickly
  • In any area without external windows
  • In dangerous areas, slippery floors, etc.
  • In stairwells and on stairsteps

The International Building Code (IBC) outlines two egress PL product performance standards: brightness and duration. The photoluminescent signs must meet:

  • ASTM E2072 Standard Specification for Photoluminescent Safety Markings
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL1994) Luminous Egress Path Marking Systems

Code compliance also includes:

  • International Building Code®
  • International Fire Code®
  • NFPA 101® Life Safety Code®

The Benefits of PL Signage for Your Houston Commercial Property

Your photoluminescent signs can be located near any light source. The photoluminescent signage is adhesive-attached or posted using screws. The installation itself is quick and easy, and maintenance involves occasional dusting. These signs should last for decades, and you should never be concerned about their reliability. No special disposal procedure is required, and the materials themselves contribute toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing Solutions for Houston Commercial Construction

When you contract Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing of Houston for your commercial project, your building will meet all egress path-marking requirements using photoluminescent strips and exit signs. Our photoluminescent products meet or exceed UL1994 and ASTM E2072 requirements.

We need Texas-size solutions and protections for construction projects. Call (281) 999-7000 or contact Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing for information. 

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