What lighting works best?

Advice for installing security lighting

2020 VisionAt this time of year we regularly arrive and leave work in limited amounts of daylight.

Following the advice below compiled by 2020 Vision, an award-winning security specialist, will give you and your employees the opportunity to arrive and leave your premises safely.

Where is the best place to install security lighting?

In order to ensure that your workplace is illuminated sufficiently at all times of the day, these are the key areas where lighting should be implemented:

  • The surrounding areas around your premises.
  • Any points of entry for vehicles.
  • Entrances that are used by pedestrians.
  • Roadways on the premises.
  • Any open spaces, such as a yard.
  • Any car parks that you are responsible for
  • The decks of open piers.
  • Loading docks.

How do I know what lighting works best?

There are different types of lighting depending upon what area needs to be illuminated. With the above list as a benchmark, these foot candle lighting levels should also be considered:

  • Use equipment with a lighting lux level of 5 for the surrounding perimeter of your property.
  • Equipment with a lighting lux level of 100 should be used within a vehicle entrance.
  • For entrances used by pedestrians, use equipment with a lighting lux level of 50.
  • Opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of between 5 and 20 along roadways.
  • Equipment with a lighting lux level of 2.5 should be used within open yards.
  • Equipment with a lighting lux level of between 2 and 20 should be used within any car park that you’re responsible for.
  • Equipment with a lighting lux level of 300 should be used outside a gatehouse.
  • Opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of between 2 and 50 on an open pier.
  • Equipment at loading docks should utilise a lighting level of 160.

What is also important to consider is that 100-watt high pressure sodium lighting schemes (SON for short), are also used when lighting large areas such as perimeters and car parks. With a realistic uniform illumination, and sufficient colour rendition, this keeps the site brightly lit even when fog is apparent and obscures visibility.

When your premises are near other buildings, the power wattage of your lighting will not need to be as high. 70 watt SONs are appropriate enough when lighting a structure near already existing artificial lighting.

Metal halide lamps are also recommended for entrances and check points within your premises. This is because they emulate daylight, and thus help to highlight anyone coming in and out of the business. In this way, individuals, vehicles and objects are clearly noticeable within these areas.

If there is a part of your business that is left unoccupied for long periods during the day, then you should install PIR director activated lighting; with pre-set time delays, the area will only be illuminated when someone activates the motion sensor.

The reason why more businesses should use these is because they can save owners up to 60% in energy costs accumulated by lighting.

LED lighting should always be used irregardless of where lighting is being installed on site though. LED lighting is one of the most cost-effective and advanced forms of lighting on the market. With this in mind, it provides all of these benefits:

  • These lights use 90% less energy.
  • Unlike fluorescent lights, they take no time to warm up.
  • They give off a considerably less amount of heat.
  • When used at cold temperatures, they work in a more efficient manner than regular light bulbs.

Consider your CCTV systems when implementing your new lighting system too; cameras that are only detecting bright lights will not help you to identify any potential security risks.

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