Having adequate outdoor business lighting can protect your property from vandalism and theft, but it can also keep your customers safe. However, your exterior lighting won’t do much good if you fail to put thought into the way it’s installed or maintained. To make sure your commercial lighting design is doing its job, you’ll want to ask yourself the following three questions.
Do I have the right kind of outdoor business lighting?
When it comes to exterior lighting for businesses, there are all kinds of options at your disposal. Sizes and capabilities vary greatly, so you’ll need to figure out which functions make the most sense for your business’s needs. For example, wall lights work best directly on the side of your building or near exits and entrances. You may want to consider flood lights (motion-sensor ones, if possible) for large areas that tends to be quite dark. Your stairs and walkways need specific lighting options, too. There are even lighting options you can control through a tablet, smartphone, or computer, which will allow you to reduce energy costs and stay up-to-date on everything that happens on your property.
Are my lights located in the right places?
We mentioned a few types of lighting and their ideal locations above, but there might be a few key areas you’ve forgotten about. Since lighting accounts for 18% of all energy use in commercial buildings, you’ll need your lighting to be used in all the right ways.
First and foremost: are there any areas on the property that stand out as being darker than others? Look for particularly shady areas that are obscured by dense trees or tall buildings. Improving your lighting in these areas will typically reduce the heightened risk of criminal activity.
Next, are there areas that need additional protective measures? Consider any sculptures, fountains, or architectural features, as well as stairs, doorways, walkways, entrances, and exits. These are vulnerable spots for customers, to be sure, but they’re also more likely to be vandalized. Extra lighting can make criminals think twice.
Finally, are your signs well-lit? If you have LED signs, this may not be an issue. But if you have business signage that doesn’t light up on its own, you’ll want to make sure you have additional lighting for it. Even if your business isn’t open late, this can help promote brand recognition and make sure unwelcome visitors steer clear.
Do you know how to maintain your outdoor business lighting?
Most of the time, maintenance for your exterior lighting is pretty straightforward. But keep in mind that your strategic lighting placement will be for naught if you don’t remember to change the bulbs and seek out repairs when needed. Keep track of how long the bulbs should last and put together a maintenance schedule to make sure you don’t have to deal with unexpected darkness.
Once you’ve answered these three questions with a definitive “yes,” you can be assured in the knowledge that your business and clients will be well-protected. And if you need help deciding on what kind of exterior lighting will work best for you, we’ll be happy to assist you along every step of the way.