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November 2016

Economical, efficient, and safe outdoor lighting solutions

Falls are the most common cause of accidents around the house, according to the Canada Safety Council. The solution is to eliminate the risk before an accident occurs. Proper exterior lighting, be it outside a building, an entrance, or a stairwell, is the best way to ensure pedestrian safety. Here are a few practical tips about various outdoor lighting solutions, and the best place to install them.

Outdoor lighting

Entrance

There is a constant daily flow of people in and out of residential buildings. A well-lit entrance creates a more secure environment for residents, workers and visitors alike, and ensures their safe passage throughout the building. Today, most lighting systems offer a wide assortment of designs and colour finishes. You can select the style that is best suited to your décor.

You may want to install LED wall lighting fixtures to frame the entrance as well as downlights under the porch overhang. They shed a broad, warm, and safe light without increasing your energy consumption bill.

If you have a secondary entrance, you may want to install security lights equipped with a motion sensor. This way, lights will turn on only when you need them.

Garage

The garage entrance should have proper lighting to facilitate entry and egress, without the risk of accidents. This is a zone that is generally situated some distance from the main entrance and, therefore, has less foot traffic. So, to avoid excessive and useless lighting, why not install security lights with motion sensors. They are the ideal lighting solution and are both practical and energy efficient.

Stairways and Pathways to Main Entrance

Stairways and pathways (some of these are often landscaped) require sufficient lighting to ease the way toward the main entrance to a building or a residence. At nighttime, both can be dangerous. Perimeter LED luminaires with an integrated photocell offer an energy efficient and sensible solution to allow pleasant and safe passage through these areas.

Outdoor Parking Areas

The outdoor parking area of any building or residence requires a broad-scope lighting system to illuminate a very large surface and prevent shadowed spaces. As in the case of garage entrances, these areas are often situated farther from the main entrance. Look for a lighting system that incorporates a motion detector.

Proper outdoor lighting gives you a sense of security, provides a welcoming atmosphere, but can also help increase the value of a building. According to Judith Patriski, property assessor in Cleveland (Ohio), investing in outdoor lighting can easily bring in a 50% return on investment:

“When you pull into a driveway and see a gorgeous home, you’re going to pay more for it.”

Energy Efficient and Practical System

Round-the-clock lighting is useless and its energy consumption can be costly. To take full advantage of your lighting system when you need it most, and thus avoid excessive and expensive systems, why not look into the following gadgets:

  • Motion Sensor: Your lighting system will not be activated when there is no movement
  • Photocell: Your lighting system adapts to the light of day. Artificial light will be activated only when the cell registers a decrease in natural light
  • Programmer – timer: Your lighting system can turn on at a pre-set time, without taking into account the amount of outdoor lighting or the amount of foot traffic

Following are some areas where you might install motion sensors:

Outdoor lighting control system

Last but not least, light-emitting diode technology has given ample proof of its efficacy and superior lighting quality. Its energy efficiency and durability have made it a hands-down choice that surpasses conventional lighting systems. LED lighting has a long life span. It helps to reduce your maintenance costs as well as your energy bill.

If you wish a safe and welcoming environment when you arrive home, give some thought to your outdoor lighting system: it should be practical, well positioned and economical.