For anyone that works in a prison or jail facility you know that security and safety of everyone within those walls is practically the number one priority.
There are so many aspects of security in a jail from the doors and locks, to fences and barbed wire, to staff, all the way up to lighting. Literally everything can do either one of two things; increase security or decrease it. While if you aren’t careful you may be installing something that causes security to actually increase overall rather than decrease. In this piece, we are going to discuss how you can increase your jail security with just your lighting system by itself.
We are not only going to discuss how it will improve safety and security but also some other major key points that will make the switch more reasonable when it comes to costs.
Increasing Security With Proper Jail Lighting Systems
Less Stress. This is both important for inmates as well as staff. With stressed inmates you can produce environments in which the majority are stressed and there’s not much you’ll be able to do about that. As for the staff; having a staff that is stressed will allow for flaws in your direct supervision efforts and monitoring. It’s vital to keep inmates at bay by reducing stress along with keeping staff on full alert 24/7 while on the job actively.
Higher Morales. We all know a boost is overall morales in any place can be beneficial. This point goes along with the previous, a higher quality lighting system will decrease stress and boost morales. But how exactly is this possible?
Consider this; do you have low quality lighting in your facility? Do any lights flicker or buzz? If the answer is yes; then you are putting more stress and lowering morales in your facility just by the lighting being like this. With LED (which is always the recommended choice of lighting for prisons), they will never buzz and never flicker even if they get near the end of their lifespan. This will allow you to keep stress lowered and boost morales overall. And although this type of environment is always stressful, it’s just one more way you can cut back even if it's just a little. You’ve got to remember; this environment is very fragile and dangerous so it’s better off to make the investment than to suffer higher costs through security measures.
Higher Quality of Light. LED not only doesn’t flicker or buzz, but it generally offers better lighting quality overall. On top of overall general quality, LEDs don’t suffer from lumen depreciation as much as other lights like metal halide does. This allows for the proper and near perfect lumen (light) output in and out of your facility throughout your lighting fixtures lifespan.
Decrease The Costs of Your Prison Lighting Upgrade
Now we are going to go over some key and major costs decreasing benefits that a proper LED jail lighting systems can bring to your facility. In turn, this will help you gain approval for an upgrade in your lighting system throughout your facility.
Lower Lighting Costs by up to 75%. Metal halide lights that are replaced with LED technology is known to lower lighting costs by 50% all the way up to 75%. This can prove to literally save your correctional facilities bottom line and save your complex money. This is one of the biggest reasons prison complexes make the investment in LED fixtures and convert over from metal halide and similar lighting technologies.
Lower Initial Investment with Rebates. Qualified LED products that are qualified by the DLC are often eligible for rebates from your utility company. This can prove to reduce your lighting upgrade investment costs and make the upgrade that much more feasible. Depending on how many lights you have, this can seriously save you a lot of money and produce an even faster return on investment for your facility.
Increase Lifespan. An increase in lighting lifespan by 2-3 or even 4 times can allow for both decrease costs and increased security. It decreases costs because you don’t need to keep buying new bulbs as well as you don’t need to pay someone as much to replace or maintain your lighting fixtures. For security; lighting is all over your complex and fixing them can prove to be difficult; especially when your jail complex is large. By making the switch to LED, you will realize an increase in lighting lifespan by 2-4 times which will increase the bottom line, increase security, and just another major reason to make the switch for your facilities lighting situation.
Picking the proper wall pack lighting is crucial when it comes to your lighting for industrial purposes. From energy savings, quality of light, to lumens per watt; ensuring your educated before purchasing is huge in business.
This post is going to help ensure you that you have the proper knowledge and facts it takes to make a proper decision in regards to your commercial wall pack lighting needs. Let’s start off with a very important initial starting point that you must be aware of over everything else, and that is which technology you plan to go with.
1) Deciding on the technology to be used. There are several technologies when it comes to lighting, but more specifically when it comes to wallpacks LED and High Pressure Sodium (or HPS) lights are most commonly used.
When it comes to considering the most efficient and higher quality wall pack systems, LED is the clear winner for some obvious winners. The produce more lumens / watt, they produce higher quality and wider ranges of light, and they typically last 50%+ longer.
The only downside to LEDs over HPS is the fact that LED is a larger upfront investment. So while a HPS might be 50% cheaper to invest in initially, they will cost you more in the long run. If you want to make a sound and solid investment in your wall lighting fixtures; LED will prove to outperform any other technology including HPS and Metal Halide (another common commercial light).
2) Discovering your current wall pack technology. If you are wanting to invest in new industrial wall packs because your old ones simply aren’t working at a capacity to you or your buildings liking; finding out which technology you currently use is highly important. If you currently use HPS or Metal Halide, this is a surefire reason to make the switch away from those technologies over to LED. Almost always your wall packs will be either HPS or MH fixtures; so if you experience issues with them, whether it be buzzing, flickering, or just very low lumen output; LED won’t even produce these types of issues.
3) Do you want entirely new fixtures or simply bulb replacement. In the world of lighting we have two options when it comes to replacing a fixture: either full replacement or something we call a light retrofit. A full replacement is simple, it requires an entire replacement of both the light source and the fixture it resides in. A retrofit is basically a replacement of just the light itself and not the fixture it’s contained in. The only reason to fully replace is if you want a newer look, your fixtures are broken, or you simply want brand new fixtures in place. If you don’t have these issues, you will find cost savings by just retrofitting your existing fixtures. The cost is lower because you are only replacing the light source itself, not the entire fixture.
4) Buy DLC qualified products for greater savings. By buying products that are DesignLights Qualified, you open yourself up to greater savings through rebates from your local utilities company. While these rebate opportunities greatly vary company to company; if you buy a product that is either DLC standard or premium, you are highly likely to receive some sort of rebate. On top of that; buying a DLC qualified product means it’s passed tests and is of high quality. So for the rebate or not, you probably want to buy DLC qualified products simply based on the fact that they have passed 3rd party testing.
These tips have been provided in hopes that you, as either a facility manager, building owner, or even a manager will now be able to make a very educated purchasing decision in regards to exterior wall pack lighting purchases.
If you want to make the proper decision, go through these tips a few times, review them, and make the proper considerations as to which technology and solution you plan to go with when it comes time to make a purchase for your company. Don’t get caught up with the wrong products, at the wrong price, with the wrong technology.
As a facility manager that has a parking garage: whether it be for a mall, in the city, or really anywhere we all know that security can be an issue. It’s hard to keep everywhere lit, especially with outdated lighting fixtures. On top of that; it’s seemingly impossible to have cameras everywhere at all times.
Also; all of the lighting indoor parking garages need to light everything up can get costly on your utility bills. What’s the solution to both security and decreasing costs in your parking garage is a huge mystery to some; but we’ve got a solution.
The solution that will allow you to increase security while decreasing costs requires nothing more than an upgrade to good parking garage lights which is typically LED technology. A lot of places currently use metal halide, HPS, or fluorescent fixtures to light their garages but they are eating at your energy bill and not producing the quality of light that you could be getting with LED (for cheaper!). As you can imagine, any cost saving strategy is highly valued with businesses. If you’ve been on the search for ways to reduce costs in your building, this is a surefire way to do so (upgrading your lighting system). Their will be an investment, but we think the reasons listed here are highly beneficial if you are willing to invest now for reward later.
Here’s how quality LED parking garage lighting systems can improve your facility with both increased security and reduced energy costs related to your lighting fixtures:
More quality lighting produced. LEDs are known for their flexibility in color temperatures; which allows you to select the most optimal lighting temperature for your garage. They are also known for producing high quality light that far surpases other light sources. Quality of light is paramount in regards to safety because without it, it’s harder to identify people by both your security team and cameras. In a low light area, cameras simply don’t work as well with capturing people's faces as they do in high lighting levels, it’s just a fact. By allow more light in both lumens and quality into your facility you are reducing risk of crime in your garage by allowing less spots for hiding and easier identification by both people and cameras.
Rewarded with great ROI. Although LEDs do cost a bit more to purchase initially; you will realize a significant ROI over the years. The typically ROI period for commercial customers is around 24 to 36 months. Typically around this time people report an ROI, and since LED fixtures can last many years after this the savings are immense compared to other technologies.
Higher appeal to visitors. Have you ever had people complain because of either dim, flickering, or buzzing lighting at your park garage? If so, you most likely have HPS or metal halide technology in place which are all susceptible to these things. LED on the other hand will never incur these features even near the end of their life span. Flickering and buzzing lights can cause extreme irritation even just after a few minutes of being exposed to them. For workers or security teams this can cause loads of stress that could easily be avoided with an LED system in place. Increase your building / business curb appeal; you might see even more benefits than you could predict!
Lighting energy usage reduction. If you decide to make the switch to LED from MH or HPS; you could see a decrease in lighting energy usage by 50% or even more. This goes back to the great ROI you will get from investing in LED. This makes your bottom line better off than it was before which is highly important. And the longer you have your lights on per day, the faster you will see that ROI we were talking about.
As you can see from all of these points listed here; the endless benefits of LED far surpass any non-existent benefits of old technologies like metal halide, HPS, or fluorescent. LED systems not only reduce costs, but they increase security of both your property and staff / visitors. Safety is important, so is the bottom line. Stop overpaying every month on your facilities energy bill and start saving. Become a part of the green movement and make the switch!