Circular Lighting Report

Wood emergency exit sign uses 30% less carbon

Philip Payne Arden wood emergency exit sign

An emergency exit made with a housing of oak has 30 per cent less embodied carbon than a standard model.

The DALI surface mounted version of the Arden from UK firm Philip Payne has an embodied carbon score of 29.87kg CO₂e.

The firm says the wooden signs is crafted from European joinery-grade oak sourced from responsibly managed forests.

The unit – which features a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery is glow-wire tested to 850°C and meets all relevant fire resistance standards.

The high-transmission acrylic legend panel comprises up to 90 per cent recycled content, and its British-made LED module has a rated lifespan of 100,000 hours.

It’s available in a choice of finishes, including natural oak clear lacquered. The product’s emergency module has DALI 2 certification, enabling integration with building management systems for monitoring and control. A version compatible with Philip Payne’s wireless test and monitoring system – SpectoXT – is also available.

‘We’ve worked hard to create a wooden emergency exit sign, which exceeds all safety standards, while integrating into any premium aesthetic building design, with a highly sustainable profile,’ Philip Payne managing director Nick Revell told the Circular Lighting Report.

‘Arden is our response to market requirements for a more sustainable exit sign that prioritises aesthetic impact without sacrificing quality or reliability,

‘By using locally sourced oak throughout the design stage, we have created a product that enhances the overall ambience of any space, while delivering superior reliability and impressive circularity at end-of-life. We think it richly deserves its headline of ‘Outstanding, Naturally’.

‘The name Arden pays homage to the ancient territory which covered most of the UK’s Midlands, including where Philip Payne’s headquarters are now located. Arden represents our commitment to locally sourced materials in the quest for greater sustainability.’

Last month, sister company Thorlux Road and Tunnel (TRT) unveiled a street light with a housing is made from European Oak. The Oaken achieved a record 3.1 rating under the Cibse circularity measure, TM66.

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