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#14405 - 09/22/02 03:44 PM exit signs  
daniel damon  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 31
Ambler,PA, USA
does anyone know the reason , if any, why some exit signs are red and some are green??



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#14406 - 09/22/02 04:11 PM Re: exit signs  
George Corron  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 717
Lorton, Va USA
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.

#14407 - 09/23/02 06:31 AM Re: exit signs  
George Corron  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 717
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.

#14408 - 09/23/02 11:12 AM Re: exit signs  
Bill Addiss  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,875
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?


#14409 - 09/23/02 11:33 AM Re: exit signs  
ThinkGood  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,081
Milwaukee, WI

Also search for various articles on LEDs and visibility issues, etc.

I wonder if there are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines on this?

#14410 - 09/23/02 01:15 PM Re: exit signs  
WARREN1  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 176
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.

#14411 - 09/23/02 08:03 PM Re: exit signs  
golf junkie  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 507
York, NE
we install both colors here in Nebraska. Whatever is specified by the engineer, both are aceptable to the AHJ.


#14412 - 09/24/02 12:30 PM Re: exit signs  
WNYJim  Offline
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 39
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.

#14413 - 09/24/02 05:13 PM Re: exit signs  
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
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.....

#14414 - 09/28/02 01:29 PM Re: exit signs  
daniel damon  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 31
Ambler,PA, USA
hey thanks for all the replys guys,

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