Exit Signs

Looking for a quick way to reduce energy and maintenance bills? Exit signs that must be lit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week can take a bite out of commercial and industrial budgets, but today’s more efficient exit signs can offer lifetime savings of up to $300 per sign in reduced energy, materials, and labor costs as compared with standard incandescent models.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires that all exit signs manufactured after January 1, 2006, comply with version 2.0 of the Energy Star program requirements for exit signs. This version of the specification requires that exit signs draw no more than 5 watts (W) per illuminated face of the exit sign, thus eliminating not only incandescent but also fluorescent light sources from contention. Effective May 1, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended the Energy Star specification due to the new minimum federal standard.

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