When you hear the word, “photoluminescent,” you might think of glowsticks or other glow-in-the-dark items. But there’s a lot more to photoluminescence than meets the eye. Photoluminescent technology has practical uses for safety and energy efficiency.
In essence, new photoluminescent technologies are providing light without electricity. Photoluminescent paint can be used in any dark challenging environment, such as for wayfinding, safety, egress, and disaster recovery. In addition, the ability to deliver effective photoluminescent light in colors opens up uses in advertising and specialty markings where color is important and informational.
Bambu Way, which develops light without electricity that can be used in any dark, challenging environment where light is needed, has identified six trends that will be important to our customers in 2019.
- Changes to safety codes will require upgrades. New York City building codes say that exits in buildings may “contain photoluminescent exit path markings” that can provide light even after power has shut down, and that safety and egress inspections must be conducted annually. We think other municipalities will follow NYC’s lead, especially for large facilities, stadiums.
- Facilities will be looking for long-term solutions. Building owners and managers will look for low maintenance, cost-effective photoluminescent solutions for wayfinding, signage, etc. that will last 10 years. Some photoluminescent solutions fade after 12 to 24 months, and annual inspections will require facilities to reapply solutions every year or two, which becomes expensive. We expect demand to increase for longer-lasting photoluminescent solutions.
- Reduced energy usage will be important. Facilities continue to look for energy-saving solutions as a way to reduce costs. They may turn to photoluminescent paint to reduce electricity costs since photoluminescent paint, when paired with existing lighting, can light hallways at night, including exit signs. For example, buildings can dim lights during off peak times to save money, knowing that photoluminescent paint will provide enough light.
- Disaster plans will call for non-electrical systems to provide safe egress. With the increase in the number of extreme weather events, storms and other natural disasters, facilities management will need to implement new systems to help occupants safely exit a building even if the power has failed. The demand for photoluminescent paint may increase worldwide because it can serve an important role during power outages.
- Photoluminescent paint isn’t only for indoors. While photoluminescent paint is most often associated with indoors, we think outdoor applications will spur new demand. For example, photoluminescent paint is becoming more commonly used for road markings, bike lanes, and landscape design. In the next five years, we expect to see many more creative uses for photoluminescent paint in pools, aquariums, advertising, and apparel.
- Photoluminescent won’t be limited to one color. As the uses of photoluminescent paint increases, we expect there to be demand for a wider range of colors. This will be important for advertisers and apparel makers.
Photoluminescent technology is illuminating a new way of thinking about safe lighting without the use of electricity. From construction, to facilities management and landscaping, its possibilities are endless.
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