Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Over Exit
I painted glow-in-the-dark stripes around the rooms of the butcher shop and over the exit doors. During the day light hours these exit signs are nearly invisible but at night with the lights off the glow is bright enough to navigate by and clearly points out the path towards the outdoors. It is a simple non-electric solution that runs without batteries, utility power or replacement parts. The glow powder I used will never wear out like a light bulb or LED but will just keep glowing for centuries to come, recharged by each day’s light coming in the front door and our work lights.
Speaking of lights, today I finished putting in the last of the lights in the first section of the butcher shop where we’ll be opening to cut meat soon. There are recessed round lights in the bathroom, office and initial cutting room (iCutter) plus four very bright sets of double tube lights in iCutter to give us excellent lighting while we work.
Since the iCutter room will get sprayed down for sanitization before and after each work day the lights and electronics like switches and outlets are all waterproof. I got three different types of light fixtures. The one I like best is PrimeLights vapor and water proof unit into which I put water proof LED bulbs.
Almost all of the lights are LED in the butcher shop, just like in our cottage. There is one exception. A light that is not a light for lighting. In the inspector’s office I put a radiant heat lamp in the ceiling on a timer so that if the inspector is cold they can press a button to get 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes of heat on their head and shoulders when doing paperwork at the desk. When visiting the head of the meat inspection division had mentioned that the inspector may need a heater in the office to be comfortable.
I designed our building to naturally run cool year round. Currently the inspector’s office is 41°F – about the same as the inside of most home refrigerators. I expect that will go up a little once equipment is running in the office† and giving off a little heat. This is a temperature we’re comfortable at as we’re active and working but someone sitting at a desk doing paperwork might get chilly. Thus the optional radiant heat lamp overhead.
The last two electrical things I need to wire in iCutter are the switch for the ventilation fan that should arrive today and the light for the Aqua. Yesterday Ben helped me pull the wires with the magic mouse. Then I’ll be wiring up the lower mech room, laundry and water heaters – the last electrical things on my diminishing list of things to do before we open the butcher shop.
Outdoors: 4°F/-10°F 6″ Snow, Overcast
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/59°F
Daily Spark: The ground hog did not see his shadow.
†In addition to the inspector’s desk the office also contains the Fricon super chiller fridge, the So-low super freezer that drops meat to -121°F and the phase converter for transforming utility split phase power into 3Ø power for bigger machines like our scalder grinder, bandsaw and future emulsifier. There is also a heat exchanger built into the floor of the office and bathroom where we can dump excess heat from our mechanical refrigeration should we need to do so. Each generates a little heat which will warm the inspector’s office putting the heat where it is needed and appreciated most. The rest of the building will thus stay that much cooler.