Commercial properties should be well protected. Lighting can increase your building security and deter crime. However, security lighting that is not properly installed can be irritating to neighbours. As a result, it is essential that your commercial security lighting is planned, designed, and installed with the help of the professionals. Here at Walker Electrical, we know how important it is to keep your commercial property safe. As a result, we have produced this guide to commercial security lighting.
Level of light
Commercial security lighting should only provide the minimum amount of light that is necessary to light your building. Many companies go over the top with their security lighting. However, brighter lights create darker shadows. This makes it more difficult for CCTV to catch your potential criminals. This clearly isn’t helpful, and can actually aid criminals by providing more shadow cover.
Passive Infra-Red Sensors (PIR sensors) are extremely sensitive. This means that the slightest movement can cause your security lights to come on. This is often caused by a passing animal, not a lurking criminal. To prevent a waste of electricity, and to keep your neighbours happy, we recommend fitting a timer switch. This means that the sensors will only trigger the lights when they have been detecting a trespasser for a certain amount of time. As a result, the local cat is not likely to trigger your security lighting.
In the past, security lighting had a much smaller range. However, the contemporary security lighting available has a much larger range. This can help keep your commercial property more secure. However, the lighting system needs to be correctly and effectively installed to prevent “dead” areas. These are areas where the sensors don’t reach leaving gaps that can be exploited. Consequently, the security lighting needs to be installed with overlaps, to prevent these gaps from occurring.
Security lighting for your commercial property is essential to keep your business safe. You will need to consider the level of light, the way the light will be controlled, and how you will prevent dead areas. Why not talk to the professionals here at Walker Electrical, and keep your property safe, today?