NEMAVue Video's on YouTube

Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart - Reduce Outages, Save Lives, Protect Property

Subscribe to NEMAcast

ANSI Z535 Standards

eicareers Career Center

NEMA Currents

How can I tell which Exit Sign is best?

When Energy Star closed the exit sign category, specifiers and inspectors no longer had a mark of distinction with which to identify top-tier products.  There were even instances of people seeking out new old stock Energy Star labeled signs and preferring them over newer (better) signs, just because of the brand recognition of Energy Star.

In response to concerns over the loss of the Energy Star program and associated marks, the NEMA Emergency Lighting Section established the NEMA Premium Exit Sign program.  This program serves to distinguish high-performance Exit signage and supply it with a mark that notes its distinction.  Products in the program are judged against NEMA Standard EM-1, which details visual and electrical performance criteria and testing.  Signs which meet NEMA EM-1 in so doing meet many mandatory standards at once.  Signs tested in compliance with NEMA EM-1 represent the best products available.

The NEMA Premium Exit Sign program will be rolling out over the next month.  More information please visit our webpage:

Posted 03-24-2011 3:38 PM by Boesenberg, Alex


Anonymous wrote re: How can I tell which Exit Sign is best?
on 04-12-2011 10:43 AM

Very exited for the industry to grow and especially for exit signs to have a greater impact on LEED credits. My electrical contractor frequency purchases his exit signs from: <a href="">Exit Signs and Emergency Lights</a>

I also believe this site discusses Nema and LEED credits you can get by purchasing the right kind of exit signs.

Adam wrote re: How can I tell which Exit Sign is best?
on 04-12-2011 2:51 PM

I reviewed and the commenter is correct, the photoluminescent exit signs work for a number of LEED credits. After speaking with an associate of mine who is LEED accredited, I learned that these glow in the dark exit signs work for:

- EA Credit #1: Energy and Atmosphere: Optimizing for Energy Performance

- MR Credit #4: Materials and Resources

- ID Credit #1: Innovation in Design: Significant Environmental Benefits

You can read more about them here:

And you can view them here:

Their industrial emergency lights for heavy duty applications are NEMA 4X rated as well. View them here:

I wonder what the next big advancement in exit sign technology will be, how much more efficient can they get?

Bhavick wrote re: How can I tell which Exit Sign is best?
on 04-21-2011 8:14 PM

It's about time the industry grows and i am so glad that it is finally happening.

Lettice wrote re: How can I tell which Exit Sign is best?
on 05-31-2011 4:46 PM

Thanks for srhiang. Always good to find a real expert.

Add a Comment

Remember Me?
Copyright © 2014 NEMA. All rights reserved.