One of the things you need to consider when it comes to creating a secure work environment is your parking lot. As a business owner, you need to go the extra mile to ensure that your parking lot is well-kept and has proper lighting. A well-illuminated parking lot will add to the professional impression of your business and make it secure for your customers and staff alike.
Here are a few essentials to keep in mind when considering the various parking lot lighting options.
1. Select the Right Kind of Fixture
There is a wide variety of parking lot lighting fixtures for you to choose from. For instance, parking lot lighting could be floodlights, spotlights, post lights, or landscaping lights.
Before deciding on the type of lighting suitable for your business premises, first examine the current parking lot lighting. Then establish what areas need improvement, noting the light fixtures intensity, color, uniformity, cost, and energy efficiency.
2. Define how much lighting will be adequate
The amount of lighting you select for your parking lot will largely depend on the kind of business you are running. For instance, a retail complex or an auto dealership will generally require brighter lighting for its parking lot than an office building that remains unused after office hours.
3. Maintain Uniformity
Some types of landscaping may contribute to uneven lighting. For instance, your parking lot may have trees, bushes, declines, or great distances between your lighting fixtures. Therefore, before settling on a lighting fixture, it would be wise to map out low and high illumination areas and isolate areas for change and improvement. Enlist the services of an electrician to offer recommendations on how to overcome your particular landscaping obstacles.
4. Set a Budget
As you evaluate your parking lot lighting needs, ensure that you have a budget in place. Working with a budget in mind will assist you in determining the right company to work with, delivering all the lighting fittings, and carrying out the installation at the right price.
5. Consider LED Lighting
One of the advantages of LED lighting is that it can offer up to 100,000 hours of light and can start up instantly. LED lamps are easily replaced and offer a great deal of design flexibility. Additionally, LED lamps maintain consistent temperatures and light intensity for their entire lifespan and are equipped with vibration and shock-resistant fixtures.
6. Surge Protectors
It is critical to install a surge protection device that will withstand electricity spikes. Surge protection devices eventually save you thousands of dollars that you would have spent to replace damaged parking lot lighting.
7. Consider lighting pole position
To avoid accidents, place the lighting poles in areas that will be less hazardous to traffic coming in and out of your business premises. Consider the size of your parking lot area. Place the lighting poles on the outside areas or on the edges of your parking lot. If placing lighting poles inside the parking lot is necessary, place them in such a way as not to interfere nor provide a hindrance to the movement of vehicles.
Contact Kish & Sons Electric for an evaluation and installation of your parking lot lighting.