Fragile environments like a correctional facility and prisons are always focused on security, and you can’t blame them. But at the same time the security of a facility is bound to it’s budget restraints, and while lighting may not be on the op of a correctional facility manager’s mind, it might be after this article.
It’s a fact: LED is the only true viable option for a correctional facilities lighting system. Any other technology is just sub par, especially in prison environments, and don’t meet the expectations that LED fixture do. The lighting in a prison needs to be top notch, near flawless, and most importantly; increase security, not decrease it.
Here is some of the ways LED technology is far superior than metal halide, fluorescent, and really any other lighting technology you may find in your prison:
All of these traits that LED products can bring to your correctional facility are exclusive to LED technology, and simply aren’t the case when it comes to other technologies.
And without a doubt, these benefits sound awesome, right? Reduced costs and increased security, what else could a prison or jail ask for? Not much, and it may seem too good to be true, but we assure that it is the truth.
A proper correctional lighting system needs to have all of these qualities, otherwise you jeopardize the integrity and safety of your staff, inmates, visitors, and even property. Let’s talk about a few more of these points that LED technology can and will bring to you prison facility by converting and making the switch.
Reduced energy costs through higher efficiency. Since LED technology is so efficient, by switching away from technology like metal halide you could realize a 50-75% decrease in lighting energy costs. If you switch out fluorescent lights to LED, you can still realize around a 30% decrease in energy costs associated with your lights. For this reason alone it is a major justification for many facilities to make the switch in it of itself, let alone all of the other added benefits that LED will bring to your buildings.
No more flickering of buzzing. These things can cause two MAJOR issues: increased stress and decreased security. How so? Let’s go over both.
If you’ve ever been around flickering or buzzing lights for even just a few minutes, you know how annoying and distracting it can be. Imagine living around this 24/7, 365. It increases stress for inmates, and decreases focus for staff; a combination that doesn’t mix well.
As for flickering, it decreases the ease of seeing movement. This allows for more movement to go unnoticed, which of course is not good in a correctional building. With LED you will be able to get rid of both of these major issues as the technology will never flicker or buzz, not even nearing the end of its lifespan.
Much longer lifespan. The longer the lifespan, the less often you have to switch out lights. With LED, you can reduce the amount of maintenance on your lights by 2-3 times. This not only allows you to reduce risk from inmates from frequent light changes, but it also reduce maintenance costs overall which is another way to reduce your overhead expenses.
Dimmable and motion sensors. Being able to efficiently and cheapy dim lights in our facility will allow you to put your luminaires at the exact output that you like. And for areas that you want to have light when there is movement, but not when no one is in the room, motion sensors for your LED fixtures are the perfect option.
Both of these things are available with some other technologies, but they often aren’t as efficient, reduce lifespan of the fixtures, and can even get costly to do. With LED you can easily do it, cheaply do it, not reduce the light sources lifespan, and do all of this while maintaining a efficient light fixture.
As you can see, we’ve only covered just a few of the true benefits that LED prison lights can bring to your facility. But from just these reasons alone, you might have a better outlook on your lighting system and where you want to go with it.
Next time, or even now, you want to consider your lighting system and how to go about solving your lighting issues; consider LED to do the job. They offer all the requirements that prisons need, all while saving the facility money month to month, producing a positive ROI. What else could you want?