Sep 21, 2010 11:00
John Wayne Airport
Turns to Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Photoluminescent
Technology to Increase Traveler Safety
SANTA ANA, CA
(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) - As part of its overall commitment to
efficiency, John Wayne Airport, Southern California's second busiest airport,
recently implemented Photoluminescent (PL) technology to provide safety and to
be more energy efficient.
John Wayne Airport is using PL exit signs and new PL illumination products to:
(1) provide emergency exit markings throughout the 448,000 square-foot terminal
building (Terminals A and B); (2) illuminate all 14 passenger loading bridges in
case of a power outage; and (3) update exit signage within the Airport's two
administrative office buildings.
Serving between 20,000 - 30,000 passengers daily, John Wayne Airport is the
first commercial airport to utilize PL technology to provide emergency
illumination for passenger loading bridges that is non-electronic nor battery
This PL system provides cost savings by replacing other forms of backup power
such as emergency generators or battery packs that require regular maintenance
and testing. These Photoluminescent rods, when placed inside overhead light
fixtures provide hours of glowing light that would be critical in an emergency.
These recyclable, energy efficient PL products are made with non-toxic
Photoluminescent (PL) exit signs and egress marking systems have been installed
in large office buildings and other facilities around the U.S., replacing
outdated technology for emergency signage.
Photoluminescent technology has advanced considerably since the novelty items
produced years ago. Today's Photoluminescent products utilize pigments based on
strontium oxide aluminate that offers 10 times the glow capabilities of the zinc
sulfide-based products used before. Photoluminescent pigments possess the unique
capacity to absorb and store energy from ambient light like a naturally
occurring battery. In darkness, the pigments instantly emit a luminous glow by
releasing the stored light energy.
"The safety of John Wayne Airport's passengers, employees, and tenants is our
highest priority," said Airport Safety Officer Mark Walker. "Photoluminescent
technology helps us ensure we maintain a safe environment in case of emergency,
and allows us to do so in a cost-effective and energy-efficient manner."
About John Wayne Airport
Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the County
of Orange and serves approximately nine million passengers annually. The Airport
is served by 10 commercial passenger airlines serving 20 non-stop destinations
in the United States and Canada. More information can be found at
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