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#14405 - 09/22/02 12:44 PM exit signs
daniel damon Offline
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Loc: Ambler,PA, USA
does anyone know the reason , if any, why some exit signs are red and some are green??

thanks

dan
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#14406 - 09/22/02 01:11 PM Re: exit signs
George Corron Offline
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Registered: 05/16/01
Posts: 717
Loc: Lorton, Va USA
Daniel,
Hard headed adherence to an old tradition?
Seriously, I do believe BOCA says Green, but here in VA we use Red, but over in Md the use green.......yup, it's confusing.

Each jurisdiction, of course, has the right to amend the code as they see fit. Since you asked the question on Sunday, you'll have to wait for proper codes until I hit the office tomorrow. In all truth, the answer is in the first sentence even with tongue in cheek. I'll give you some more pro-fish-in-all answers in the AM, unless someone with books at home wants to tackle it today.
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#14407 - 09/23/02 03:31 AM Re: exit signs
George Corron Offline
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Loc: Lorton, Va USA
OK, 96 BOCA says: "Exit" signs shall have red letters at least 6" high...." So I was wrong, it was red.
ICBO - 2000 says NOTHING about color (smart guys) 1003.2.10.2 says 6" letters in high contrast.
Now ya got me curious as to where the danged green comes from.
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#14408 - 09/23/02 08:12 AM Re: exit signs
Bill Addiss Offline
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Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3875
Loc: NY, USA
Just curious here,

What sort of contrast do these colors (Red/White or Green/White) present to a color-blind person? Is one better than the other?

Bill
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#14409 - 09/23/02 08:33 AM Re: exit signs
ThinkGood Offline
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Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 1081
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
http://www.gilbertinc.com/newcolor.htm

Also search http://www.google.com for various articles on LEDs and visibility issues, etc.

I wonder if there are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines on this?
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#14410 - 09/23/02 10:15 AM Re: exit signs
WARREN1 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/01
Posts: 176
Loc: Greenville, SC, USA
George, I think you are right when you said that some states/jurisdictions have adopted red and some green. Check with your local Hubbell Lighting Rep. If he doesn't know, he can find out.
Many years ago, I did a design project in Ca., and I remember that was the only time I have specified green letters. I think most states require red.
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#14411 - 09/23/02 05:03 PM Re: exit signs
golf junkie Offline
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Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 507
Loc: York, NE
we install both colors here in Nebraska. Whatever is specified by the engineer, both are aceptable to the AHJ.

GJ
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#14412 - 09/24/02 09:30 AM Re: exit signs
WNYJim Offline
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Registered: 06/06/02
Posts: 39
Loc: Rochester, NY, USA
I was at the movie theater (one of those multi-plexes with the stadium seating) last weekend and noticed the color of the exit signs. The ones over the outside doors were red. The signs over the doors about three quarters of the way up had green signs. Using that exit would take you down a flight of stairs and then down a hallway to the outside door that had a red sign.
Seemed to make sense to me.
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#14413 - 09/24/02 02:13 PM Re: exit signs
pauluk Offline
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Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7520
Loc: Norfolk, England
Now you mention it, I wondered why some were red and some green during my travels in America.

Still, whichever color you use in your area, at least they beat the horrible green and white pictogram symbols that were introduced into U.K. legislation a few years ago.

The fire exit signs here now have to show a symbol of a man running toward a door.

What's the first thing a fire chief will tell you not to do in an emergency? You got it.....
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#14414 - 09/28/02 10:29 AM Re: exit signs
daniel damon Offline
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Loc: Ambler,PA, USA
hey thanks for all the replys guys,
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