Careful design combined with energy-efficient technologies can help optimize your outdoor lighting.
Outdoor lighting says a lot about your facility. If you consider the benefits of high-quality outdoor lighting, then upgrading makes sense. With the right resources, a lighting upgrade can be done properly and with minimal risk.
LED lighting is quickly taking up more space in outdoor lighting because of its many advantages, including long life, lower maintenance and brighter output. LEDs can bring the following benefits to your outdoor lighting projects:
Insufficient light can compromise safety. As a result, designs often focus on light output. Although light levels are important, poor distribution can create too much lighting in some areas and dark patches in others.
"The conventional wisdom is that more light is better, but from a security standpoint, too much of the wrong kind of light, aimed in the wrong direction, can cause glare," says Eric Richman, senior research engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy. "Moreover, security camera functionality depends on various lighting factors including uniformity, contrast, light color and intensity. No one type of lighting will be best in all situations."
Good lighting design integrates the most effective light sources with appropriate height and location for the best coverage. The Illuminating Engineering Society outlines the most important considerations for effective safety and security lighting:
To optimize savings and security, it's important to incorporate these design elements into an energy-efficient lighting strategy.
Motion sensors and timers can save energy without compromising safety or security. Motion sensors activate all or some of the lights in an area when pedestrians or vehicles approach. For facilities with defined hours of operation, timers can switch lights on and off, or dim them according to a set schedule. LEDs, with their instant-start and dimming capabilities, are an excellent fit for integration with lighting controls.
The right lighting design, combined with efficient technologies and controls, can save energy while ensuring safety.