Advice for installing security lighting around your business premises

With the clocks going back on Sunday October 30th, we are quickly entering into the stage of the year where we will be arriving and leaving the workplace after the sun has gone down.

Make sure you and your employees are safe when exiting your business premises by following this advice by award-winning security specialist 2020 Vision about installing security lighting throughout your workplace:

Where should I install security lighting?

It is advised that you have high-quality security lighting set up in all of the following areas of your premises, so that the space is clearly illuminated at all times of the day:

  • The perimeter of your premises.
  • Any entrances used by vehicles.
  • Any entrances used by pedestrians.
  • Along roadways.
  • In open yards.
  • Throughout car parks that you are responsible for.
  • Outside a gatehouse.
  • Along the decks of open piers.
  • At loading docks.

What type of security lighting will be best for my requirements?

There are different types of security lights for different areas of your premises. Bearing the above list in mind, for example, you should be looking at these recommended foot candle lighting levels:

  • For the perimeter of your premises, opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of 5.
  • For any entrances used by vehicles, opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of 100.
  • For any entrances used by pedestrians, opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of 50.
  • Along roadways, opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of between 5 and 20.
  • In open yards, opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of 2.5.
  • Throughout car parks that you are responsible for, opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of between 2 and 20.
  • Outside a gatehouse, opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of 300.
  • Along the decks of open piers, opt for equipment with a lighting lux level of between 2 and 50.
  • At loading docks, opt for equipment with a lighting level of 160.

On top of this, it’s also worth bearing in mind that 100-watt high pressure sodium (or SON for short) lighting schemes are often used for perimeters and car parks. This is because these arrays provide a space with a reasonable colour rendition and realistic uniform illumination, even when fog descends around a site.

If you’re looking at lighting to install near a building of interest, you will not need quite as powerful lights — 70 watt SONs should be effective enough to adequately illuminate the structure.

Meanwhile, metal halide is advised for entrances and check points throughout your premises. This is due to the lighting emulating daylight and so being great for recognising and inspecting any individuals, vehicles or objects at the locations in question.

Do you have a part of your business premises that is left unoccupied for long periods of the day? Install PIR detector activated lighting with pre-set time delays and the area will only be illuminated when someone is around. Not only are they practical, but it has been found that controlling lighting with a presence detector can help owners save up to 60 per cent of lighting energy costs — this percentage is based on how often the area is populated and the amount of natural light available there, of course.

Whichever part of your premises you are installing security lighting in, it is advised that you choose LED arrays. One of the most energy-efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies on the market today, LED lighting offers all of the following benefits:

  • They use up to 90 per cent less energy than traditional sources of lighting.
  • They instantly turn on without any time required to warm up, unlike florescent lamps and energy-saving twisters.
  • They give off considerably less heat than traditional light bulbs and even energy-saving sticks and twisters.
  • They become even more efficient when used in environments subjected to cold temperatures.

Be sure to set it up your security lighting in a way that it doesn’t affect your CCTV systems too — a camera that only picks up a bright glare isn’t going to help you identify many security issues — and that regular checks are made to ensure they are always in perfect working order.

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