Just like landscaping, outdoor lighting at your facility can create a welcoming environment and a positive first impression of your business for potential customers. Lighting offers aesthetic appeal as well as enhanced security. Whether you have an intimate outdoor space or a sprawling parking lot, there are several factors to consider when planning your lighting install or upgrade.
The first thing you need to do is to survey the area and mark out what and where you need to illuminate. This could be landscaping you want highlighted, entryways you want clearly marked, or a parking lot you want to keep secure. Take into consideration any common areas you have that staff may use during dark hours. You want to create an inviting feel for anyone on site.
Once you have a layout of where you need light, it’s time to figure out what type of light. Outdoor lighting includes flood, spotlight, pathway, lamppost, and other varieties, each of which fits different settings and needs. Once you have selected the type of lighting, you need to choose how to power and control it. While solar is an inexpensive option for powering outdoor lights, it is usually a better solution to have them hardwired into your building’s power source. It is also recommended to invest in programmable technologies, which save money and power.
Once your locations and lighting types are planned out, it’s time to engage a professional for installation. This is not something you want to take on yourself. There are many factors to consider, including proper voltages and safely running connection wires. When dealing with electricity, you don’t want to run any risks to yourself or your building. For more information on the best outdoor lighting strategy for your facility, or to schedule a consultation for installation, contact your local MaintenX office today and speak with an expert.