Lighting is one of the most important features of a good parking lot. It creates a welcoming atmosphere that is important to potential guests of your business. It shows passersby that your business is open during the night time hours. More than all this, lighting is a deterrent to crime – it lowers the likelihood of theft and vehicle break-ins. In addition, the light helps your security camera system function more effectively, further discouraging would-be criminals. If the lighting in your parking lot isn’t quite up to par, there are ways to make it better. Here are our top tips!
Check the Poles and Lights
A monthly check up of your parking lot can prove beneficial and provide you with a lot of information on how the lighting is doing. Note all dark sections and consider why this might be. Sometimes the reason could be as simple as a tree branch in the way, or a need to clean fixtures in the area. Light poles are underrated when it comes to the efficiency of parking lot lighting. Not only do they provide a first impression to your customers, but they also play a big role in how well your lighting functions in the lot. Most businesses should plan to inspect their lighting poles at least twice a year – once a quarter if possible.
Replace all dim or burnt out light bulbs as soon as you notice them. If you’re still using older bulbs that use high-pressure sodium, consider making an upgrade to LED bulbs. These bulbs last longer and shine brighter than the older style. Even better, they help your business save money on energy costs since they are so energy efficient!
Making Other Upgrades
Regular upgrades are crucial for parking lot lights because the lighting degrades over time. This is due to their status as outdoor lighting – they are much more exposed to the elements on a day to day basis. Adding a skycap to existing fixtures is an easy way to focus and project light more towards the parking lot than to the sky. Light sensors can help you ensure lighting is only turned on when it is needed, saving your business money. Motion sensors can also help save money by activating when someone is nearby.
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