Security lighting at commercial sites
Security lighting at commercial sites is important at all times of the year but never more so than during winter, when the days are shorter and it’s darker for longer. This is when your commercial premises are more vulnerable to vandalism, break-ins and theft, when people can enter under cover of darkness and are less likely to be caught or identified.
Having a well-lit site is vital in deterring unauthorised people from entering your premises. Leaving your commercial premises in darkness for too long gives the impression that it’s an easy target, whereas lighting it appropriately makes it look like it’s an up-to-date and well-used area.
In addition, having the correct security lighting at your business can also have other benefits, including helping to increase safety and prevent accidents, making staff feel safer, and reducing your insurance premiums.
So what better time than now to review the security lighting at your commercial premises and ensure it’s up to the job?
There are a range of options for security lighting, and the one you choose will depend on a number of factors, such as the location of your premises and the value of the site.
Read on to find out more about the different types of security lighting:
Floodlights are a popular choice for security lighting at commercial sites because they can illuminate a large area. They can also help to improve the visibility of CCTV footage.
Floodlights are available in either halogen or solar options, with the former being the cheaper and more ubiquitous choice. The lighting from each varies, with halogen lights giving off a more immediate, stronger light. But if you’re concerned about your long-term energy bills or your carbon footprint, solar lights may be preferable. Although solar lights require a larger initial investment than halogen lights, they will save you money in the long run.
- Motion-activated security lights
If you’re thinking about the cost to both your pocket and the environment, motion-activated security lights can be a great solution, particularly if you have a large site that needs to be lit throughout the night. As the name suggests, they are only activated when a person is present, using infrared technology to detect movement.
- Timed security lights
For the same reasons as those above for motion-activated security lights, timed security lights can be a good option. They can be set to switch on and off at desired times.
- LED, fluorescent and HID lighting
LED, fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lighting are classic and inexpensive solutions to security lighting at commercial premises. These perennially popular forms of lighting are great if you need lamps that are both energy efficient and long-lasting. They emit a consistent, bright light which can extend over large areas. Most people prefer to use LED and fluorescent lighting over HID because it is more energy efficient, durable and cost effective, and generally has better light quality.
Other things to consider when choosing the right security lighting for your commercial premises is to ensure it is positioned correctly. Key positions are next to entry and exit points, as well as near security cameras and CCTV. Bear in mind also that some areas on your premises may require greater security than others.
And don’t forget, for maximum effect, security lighting should be used alongside other measures such as CCTV, an appropriate alarm system and an access control system to protect your commercial premises.
DRF Electrical has been installing security lighting, alarms and systems for more than 40 years. Contact us to discuss your needs on 0113 257 8212.