Adding lighting to your business parking area is one of the best things you can do. Not only does it make your business easier to find, but it makes your customers and staff feel safer from both evildoers and accidents alike. Adding lighting to your parking area is an incredible investment, but before you get too excited, there are a few things you should do first.
Where Are You Lighting?
One of the first steps you should take before diving into a lighting project is to identify how much lighting you really need for your space. Having the layout in full allows you to identify where you do and do not need to add lights.
How Long Will Lights Run?
Next is to consider your hours and usage. If your business is open until ten and staff leave by 10:30, it’s likely that you won’t need to have your lighting running all night. Ensuring that you only have lights on when necessary is a great step to not only eliminating light pollution but to cutting back on energy bills as well. Perhaps you might consider opting for a system of timers or motion detectors that allow for highly regulated light usage.
Depending on the area where your business is located, you may find that you are required to follow a few regulations. Some business areas must use a brighter light type, while rural areas may allow more lax regulations.
Work With A Lighting Designer
WIth your area of illumination determines, you can now work with a lighting designer to establish a style and the design details. There are tons of options for lighting, which means you can find a look that matches your business. Additionally, your lighting designer can help you opt for some features like light reflectors that help keep your lighting pointing downward, reducing light pollution, and making even dimmer lights more effective. At this point, you can also consider opting for solar-powered lighting, which will affect the design slightly but will negate the cost of power.
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