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Why Outdoor Lighting is Key to Safety and Security

Lighting gives your company life at night.

 

But lighting is more than just aesthetics. Lighting provides necessary safety and security for your business.

 

It may seem like safety and security are the same thing when it comes to lighting. But safety and security are handled differently.

 

So, what is the difference? How is outdoor lighting key to both safety and security?

 

What does Lighting Provide?

There are a few more functionality related factors that having proper lighting plays a role in.

 

What does light do? It brightens potential dark spaces or hiding places. Visibility is crucial to maintaining comfort within your company.

 

Criminals are less likely to make advancements if the area is clearly lit and the lot appears safe. Similarly, at night animals come out. They are less likely to stumble upon your property is there are heavy lights.

 

Safety vs. Security

Safety is related to hazards on and around the area. Typical issues regarding safety could be:

  • Tripping and falling
  • Patches of ice
  • Potholes

When it comes to exterior lighting safety is considered vertically. This is important because the lights will point down on a horizontal surface and will reveal the ground.

 

Security is associated with noticing potential threats. This lighting does not stem from only being able to see the ground but also at eye level and around you.

 

For security, you need horizontal light that will reflect vertical surfaces. It will allow for people to recognize faces and bodies easily because light will be reflected off of them.

 

Depending on your needs, you may opt for more safety lighting or security lighting, but both are important to have. To create a comfortable environment for those associated with your business you must find a balance.

 

Why Placement Matters

A combination of each will provide appropriate light levels and provide a good design overall. Finding a compromise between both safety lighting and security lighting means that light both shines down and spreads out.

 

Ensure that high-traffic areas are well lit. Entrances and exits are frequented often so they should look and feel secure to both your employees and the outside world. Lights in these locations can make sure that visitors do not go unnoticed.

 

Uniformity is important for comfort. As we know, the human eye can adjust to varying levels of light. If the area is dark, we will adjust to that and so forth. However, what we can’t adjust immediately. Patchy lighting makes it difficult for our eyes to adjust easily.

 

Not only that but it helps people feel a greater sense of security because there are less areas in which are unlit.

 

One might think that it would just be better to have as many lights as possible of both kinds. However, unnecessary light would be both more costly and environmentally unfriendly. Additionally, too many lights can actually due harm by causing glares.

 

This is especially important for those who have camera security. Having lights near the cameras and where the cameras are pointing at will help make the image clearer. For unwanted guests, it can also discourage them from pursuing anything because they can see the cameras clearly.

 

The Importance of Maintenance

As a company, you should want to keep your property as safe as possible. Lighting is one of those safety checks.

 

Lights should be checked continuously to ensure all components are working properly. Any dimmed lights should be replaced, regular cleaning for brightness and repositioning from natural factors or weather.

 

Repairs should be taken care of throughout the year as the property needs. Things such as burnt out lights or revealed wires, should be fixed.

 

Additionally, there are regional litigations related to exterior lighting. According to the Toronto Municipal Code Property Standards, the following are the official by-laws regarding property exterior lighting:

  • Adequate artificial lighting required to maintain the level of illumination shall be provided at all times.
  • For parking lots, walkways, stairs, porches, verandas, loading docks, ramps or other similar areas, a minimum level of illumination of 10 lux at ground or tread level and at angles and intersections at changes of level where there are stairs or ramps
  • Exterior lighting fixtures and lamps shall be installed and maintained so that the work, operations or activities normally carried out can be undertaken in safety and without undue eye strain
  • All lighting fixtures shall be protected from damage and if necessary, to protect a lighting fixture from damage. Protective material shall be maintained in a clean condition.

Your property’s lighting should be maintained to prevent issues and maintain your site’s security.

 

Overall, the atmosphere of your company is changed when lighting is provided. People are more comfortable in and around your building and it discourages those who should not be there.

 

For more information about getting better lighting for your property see here!

 

 

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