Local Law 26: Photoluminescent Lighting and Egress

Nationwide Fire Protection Services

Local Law 26 requires New York City buildings to have visible Photoluminescent Egress Markers. This glow in the dark material is designed to help tenants escape and provide visibility during blackouts, fires or any other type of emergency. This material contain chemicals capable of absorbing and storing energy from daylight or artificial lighting. These markers are required in office buildings, hotels, schools and universities--over 75 feet in height--in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island. Our markers:

  • Are tested to ensure the same performance as electrical emergency lighting.
  • Have all the required markings.
  • Pass the “five tests” required by Local Law 26 including brightness, washability, non-toxicity, non-radioactivity, surface flammability.
  • Are self-illuminating and non-toxic.
  • Require no hazardous material disposal.
  • Are tested to ensure they illuminate even the darkest or smoke-filled areas.
  • Are customized to compliment your interior décor.
  • Can be installed by customers or by Total Fire Protection’s professional technicians.

We use the highest quality brand name manufacturers, so you know that you are adhering to Local Law 26. These include:

Nationwide Fire Protection Services
  • Perma Light
  • Jalite
  • Jessup
  • G-Lo Brite
  • Brady
  • Glow Zone
  • Sate Sign
  • Everglow
  • Balco
“PURSUANT TO Chapter 26 of the New York City Charter and Sections 27-131.1 and 27-383(b) of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and in accordance with the requirements of 1RCNY §37-01(e), this proposed reference standard was previously published in the City Record on April 8, 2005 and a public hearing was held on May 2, 2005 pursuant to 1 RCNY § 37-01(f). The Department of Buildings hereby adopts New York City Building Code Reference Standard RS 6-1 and 6-1A relating to photoluminescent exit path markings.”


See above for the relevant code. Call Total Fire Protection today to schedule a complimentary survey of your premises. We can help you comply with Local Law 26 today.