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StoneGlow® Floor Increases Visibility and Reduces Risk of Falls in Low Light Conditions|
Azrock® by Tarkett has introduced StoneGlow® floors that can be installed to assure safe evaucations in emergency situations. StoneGlow® floors are designed to provide illuminated pathways in low light conditions to improve building safety while balancing design and cost requirements.
StoneGlow floors incorporate photoluminescent chips, dispersed evenly across the tiles, which absorb and store light energy. In normal lighting, the floor is an unobtrusive and integral part of the overall interior design. In the dark, the energy absorbed by the chips emerges as a bright glow and provides a lighted footpath. StoneGlow tiles offer visible, continuous direction for up to two hours and help ensure orderly and safe evacuation during critical periods.
“Evacuating a building in daylight is rarely a problem, but evacuating a building in dark or smoke-filled conditions can be confusing,” says Graeme Hendry, product development manager, Tarkett Commercial. “When emergency exit routes are no longer visible, it’s easy to panic. And it happens more often than most people realize, especially for those with low vision or mobility concerns.”
Traditional emergency lighting systems are powered by electricity or batteries, and require regular maintenance checks of batteries and light bulbs. This is not foolproof. Although required by code, these emergency systems may not perform in an emergency situation, nor are they easily integrated into the overall interior design.
Since photoluminescent safety products require no additional maintenance, the potential for failure is reduced. “StoneGlow provides an alternative type of lighting system, one which actually is part of the floor, and can remain visible in dark or smoke-filled rooms to help lead building occupants to safety during fires, earthquakes, and power failures,” continues Hendry.
StoneGlow combines beautiful aesthetics with practical advantages. The 12- x 12-inch tiles feature five neutral colors – Windrift, Light Beige, Beige, Light Gray and Gray, matched to Azrock’s standard VCT, for incorporating within the field tile. For further design options, one black, six-inch feature strip is available for use in aisle ways and corridors. “The specifier can use his color palette of choice and also incorporate the safety features of photoluminescent technology,” says Hendry.
With StoneGlow, architects, designers and specifiers can coordinate flooring that features self-illuminating guiding elements with overall design elements. It easily integrates with design objectives and blends with other interior elements. StoneGlow is appropriate for virtually all occupied spaces, especially daycare centers, assisted living facilities, retail outlets, and interior hallways – anywhere that safe exits are critical.
When used with a complete system, StoneGlow offers continuous, visible direction on the floor; helps ensure orderly, expeditious, safe evacuation; highlights floors in darkness or light for visually impaired; and assists emergency personnel.
From a technical standpoint, Stone- Glow’s photoluminescent technology provides up to two hours of luminance per charge; can be recharged through natural daylight or fluorescent lighting; and is durable and easily maintained.
Tarkett Commercial is a division of Tarkett Inc., the second largest manufacturer of resilient and wood flooring in North America, with 10 manufacturing plants and a distribution network extending across the United States and Canada.
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