The evacuation of commercial buildings can be inhibited by people’s failure to recognise standard emergency exit signs.
Research has shown that only 38% of people see conventional exit signs during an evacuation from an unfamiliar environment. Much of this is down to the proliferation of branding, advertising and informational signage in buildings such as shopping centers and airports which can distract attention away from exit signs.
To improve the visibility of signs, Eaton has introduced a new technology into its emergency lighting range called Increased Affordance. With Increased Affordance capability added to our emergency lighting it enables exit signs to flash or pulse (see video below) during an emergency evacuation making them much more visbile to occupants of buildings during an emergency situation.