Commercial lighting systems are often much more complicated than they appear at face value. A significant number of factors influence the selection of equipment, placement of fixtures, and levels of illumination appropriate to structures, terrain, and activity. Most companies in today’s recession fear the costs associated with a commercial lighting system and seek to reduce overhead with generic equipment. This creates more problems than it solves. Cheap fixtures and poor design creates blinding spots of glare that cast shadows, creating both an eyesore and a number of safety and security hazards.
It is better to make a one-time investment in a truly effective commercial lighting system that consists of five standard elements. Operating as a virtual lighting agency that is dedicated to America’s best equipment and design strategies, RLLD Commercial Lighting develops commercial lighting systems that address these five major arenas and customizes each particular element to the specific size and style of the individual facility.
Commercial Interior Lighting
Choosing interior lights for commercial systems is simple and cost effective when a few basic factors are considered with each purchase. First, what room or building will the fixture illuminate? How many employees will be in this room, and what will they be doing there? How important is high color rendering to safe and productive labor? Will the lights be on continuously, or will they be on only when workers enter for a few minutes at a time?
Commercial lighting systems in factories and warehouses normally feature cool-burning fluorescents in these areas that require fewer bulb replacements, minimal heat, and reduce power consumption. In offices, halogen lights provide superb color rendering and glare free lighting for people working at computers, copy machines, and desks. Interior commercial light systems can be built per room, per specific task, in this fashion. One or two metal halide lights in a manager’s office is all one needs for a touch of decorative color. Fluorescents that give task light only when needed help further reduce electrical costs in bathrooms and kitchens, and the heat recycling ability of halogen lights proves itself ideal illumination in rooms where power conservation and human comfort are equally desirable conditions.
Commercial Security Lighting
Commercial lighting systems should always create a secure perimeter along the property line and provide bright lighting near and around the building. This is especially true for organizations with night crews working on loading docks, or maintenance and cleaning crews entering and exiting the building in the dark. These people need to clearly see their surroundings without being blinded by glare and without any shadows that could hide an intruder or lead to an injury in the dark.
Commercial security light systems can be very cost effective. RLLD Commercial floodlights can be controlled by timers that turn lights on at sundown and off at sunrise. Motion sensors can also be wired to these fixtures, turning them on only when a potential intruder triggers the photocell sensor. Such cost effective, but highly effective light sources help security cameras and guards can see more clearly around the edges of buildings and across the property between the building and the parking areas.
Parking Lot Lighting
Appropriate visibility in the parking lot constitutes a major factor in every commercial lighting system. Glare free parking lot lights will increase visibility between vehicles, eliminating any dark areas that car thieves and burglars can use for hiding spaces. Parking lot lights are actually regulated by the government and by law must produce a minimum of four foot candles of light. To make certain you are proposing the right poles and fixtures to your client,
Commercial Exterior Lighting
Exterior lights are critical elements in commercial lighting systems as they illuminates all sides of the building and ensure that building access points are clearly lit in a balanced level of light that dispels shadows without glare. RLLD Commercial Lighting designers utilize skills learned in architectural design cross training programs that enable them to link multiple buildings together in a field of natural-looking light that prevents unauthorized personnel from approaching the building without detection. We also recommend placing additional, selective lighting around driveways and signs to ensure safe after-hours access for authorized vehicles and night deliveries.
Commercial Landscape Lighting
Commercial lighting systems best serve the sense of unity between architecture and the natural landscape when they create 4 layers of illumination. While many lighting designers normally only utilize two layers to illuminate grounds and earthworks, RLLD Commercial Lighting specialists will help any outdoor lighting contractor develop a multi-layered system using advanced photometric design tools and sophisticated specialty equipment.
After many years of partnership with leading landscapers, we have perfected a technique of combining distinctive layers of light that allows us to light everything from park areas, atriums, trees, flower beds, and tree lines at high-end resorts.
All of the products we provide for commercial lighting systems are American made and are manufactured here in the US. RLLD Commercial Lighting sells only standard commercial grade and specification grade lighting fixtures and provides free, adjunct lighting design services and selective turnkey installations for commercial lighting design contractors.
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