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.