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News - An Introduction To Photoluminescent Products

How does a photoluminescent product work?

Photoluminescence is the phenomenon whereby luminescence is induced by the absorption of visible light, UV or infrared radiation. It is a non-radioactive process.

A photoluminescent material absorbs and stores photons (‘particles’ of light) from a light source and on removal, the stored energy is released as visible light and ‘glows in the dark’.

By integrating photoluminescent material into the manufacturing process, we then produce self-adhesive tapes, rolls, sheets and die-cut shapes as well as rigid boards that glow in the dark.

The highest performing pigments are used within our products, they will remain bright for well over 60 minutes and can be detected by the human eye for over 10 hours after removing the light source and have virtually unlimited number of charging/discharging cycles.

That’s why the Jessup Glo-Brite® safety tapes, boards and signs from by Innova Solutions can be relied upon for 25 years.

Duration and brightness of the glow is dictated by the quantity of photoluminescent pigment within the product, with the classification being:

  • Class A – has the least pigment, therefore the shortest life/least brightness
  • Class B – increased pigment loading, hence higher glow and longer duration
  • Class C – higher loading and duration to Class B etc.
  • Class D – very high pigment loading giving the brightest and highest intensity afterglow

The PSPA (Photoluminescent Safety Products Association) is an association that, amongst other activities, recommends acceptable levels of performance for photoluminescent material in the industry.

The PSPA defines their class standards in accordance with the methodology set out in the commonly used standard of DIN 67510 pt 1 and ISO 17398 whereby luminance is measured following a specific level of excitation and then calculation made to the threshold of visibility which is 0.32mcd/m2.

Please contact us if you require any further performance data.

Standards - Photoluminescent Rigid Board, Vinyl, Tape, Sheet

What is photoluminescent used for?

Newly developed photoluminescent materials have now opened up numerous solutions to architectural, marine and aviation projects for use in safety way-guidance systems.

The most common commercial and industrial uses for photoluminescent materials are in the manufacture of safety or ‘egress’ guidance and emergency signage or marker tapes.

Indeed such are there properties, mandatory standards and codes are being developed within architectural building and international marine and aviation industries.
Commercial & Industrial uses include:

  • Egress route marking
  • Danger areas
  • Anti-slip markings
  • Emergency signage
  • Fire Equipment and obstacle marking
  • Maritime – Muster Station, lifeboats, egress routes etc.
  • Oil Rigs/Off Shore Drilling – danger areas, fire action signage, escape routes
  • Mining – danger areas, fire action, egress routes
  • Commercial aircraft – emergency escape routes


How is the photoluminescent material supplied?

Innova supply photoluminescent material in 3 formats:

1)   Rigid sheets, 1.43m thick, check the product range out…..HERE

2)   Self-adhesive, rolls, sheets and plain and printed tapes, check the product range out…..HERE

3)   Rolls of adhesive photoluminescent laminate, for use when backing up clear substrates, check the product range out…..HERE

All Innova materials are suitable for digital printing with solvent, eco-solvent or UV inks, screen printing or thermal-heat-transfer.


Watch the two videos below to see how Photoluminescent egress guidance systems work in ‘Blackout’ and ‘Smoke filled’ conditions:




Smoke Filled



Click HERE to link to our full photoluminescent product range.


Please contact us at enquiries@innovasolutions.co.uk for further information.

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