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What are Safety Path Exit Signs?

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Words by Safety Path Support

January 25, 2022

Safety Path Exit Signs are reliable signs that are “charged” by ambient light from other light sources. They then emit that stored light when external light levels fall.  There’s no failure-prone electric-battery like old style LED electric-battery exit signs.

Instead, Safety Path Exit Signs use Smarterlite Technology, which is commercial-grade photoluminescence that stores light and then emits it when ambient light levels fall. Smarterlite Technology is a clean and safe source of light energy and when used in signs, no electricity or batteries are required for the sign itself.

With no electrical components, globes or batteries to fail, pure environmental photoluminescent exit signs and workplace safety signs are long-lasting and require minimal maintenance. The signs don’t need to be connected to a Building Management System because there’s no legacy electrical components that can fail.

This transformational photoluminescent lighting technology offers major advantages to the building sector, in new-builds, renovations and retrofits.

New Builds

In new builds, specifying photoluminescent exit signs in the design phase reduces the size and extent of the emergency power supply and building management system. With no lights or batteries that can fail, they don’t need to be connected to a building management system.

The installation of photoluminescent exit signs as part of a new build reduces the ongoing operating costs of the building, with less energy consumption, no emissions, reduced inspection requirements and no failed signs to be sent to landfill.

Renovations and Conversions

When renovating or converting an existing building, architects and designers can similarly use the opportunity to replace legacy electric-battery exit signs with photoluminescent exit signs. This reduces the cost of the renovation or conversion by not requiring the emergency power supply and/or building management system to be extended or modified for additional exit signs. The owner benefits from reduced inspection, maintenance and energy costs.


Retrofitting photoluminescent exit signs helps companies achieve emission and energy reductions required as part of their environmental strategy or corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. With every electric-battery exit sign that is replaced, a company can reduce its emissions by about 120 kg CO2e per annum. If you are in a commercial building, take a moment to count how many exit signs are on the floor of the building you are in right now.

Major Australian companies are retrofitting their extensive property portfolios with high-quality photoluminescent exit signs.


Not renovating or retrofitting your building or business? Then replace-on-fail using Safety Path hybrid LED photoluminescent exit signs is the answer. Although they contain low-voltage LED’s, they still eliminate the failure prone battery in electric-battery exit signs. Any electrician can simply remove the failed electric-battery exit sign with a Safety Path LED exit sign to give you increased reliability, reduced power use and less eWaste. Once swapped out, you’ll no longer be plagued with failed exit signs due to failed electric batteries.

Safety Path Exit Sign Compliance

Safety Path exit signs are fully compliant with Part E4.8 of the Building Code of Australia (Volume 1 of the National Construction Code). The signs should be maintained in accordance with Specification E4.8 of the National Construction Code. They are also compliant with clause of AS/NZS 3000.

Safety Path Exit Sign Specifications

Specifications for each Safety Path Exit Sign are available for download for each sign.

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