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 It’s hard to keep everywhere lit, especially with outdated lighting fixtures.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!