When it comes to student accommodation, from halls to private residencies, there are often a number of lighting mistakes. These mistakes can have an impact on your monthly bills and energy use, as well as the health, well being and safety of your student tenants. But what are the most common student accommodation lighting mistakes? And what can you do to avoid them? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. And we work with companies and businesses across the commercial, residential and industrial sectors, to provide top quality electrical solutions. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about effective student accommodation light design.
What are the most common student accommodation lighting mistakes?
There are a number of lighting mistakes that are often made in student accommodation. Often, these are thought to reduce costs, but over time, these lighting mistakes can cost you more in the long run. So what are these lighting mistakes? Well, there are several, including:
- Not considering energy efficiency
- Not installing effective exterior or security lighting
- Lack of adjustable lighting and effective lighting control
Not considering energy efficiency in student accommodation
Overlooking energy efficiency in your lighting design and plan is a big mistake, as it means you will be paying out more for your electricity bills over time. You should consider using motion lighting in shared areas, so you aren’t paying for lighting when none of your tenants are using the area. You should also consider switching to LED lights, as these can reduce your electricity usage an make a big difference to your bottom line. LED lights also last around 3 times longer than fluorescent lighting too.
Lack of effective exterior lighting in student accommodation
Student accommodation needs to have effective exterior lighting, illuminating stairwells, entrances and porches. This is important to help your tenants get home after a night out, but also to keep your property and tenants safe from crime. Exterior lighting and security lighting can be very effective for deterring crime, and protecting your property.
Lack of adjustable lighting in student accommodation
If your lighting isnt adjustable, then the students can either have the lights on or off, with no in between. This isnt always comfortable, or helpful. Especially for relaxing, or for studying. And as a result, your tenants will be more likely to purchase additional desk lamps and leave extension cables trailing across their room. This can be a health and safety hazard.
For more information or advice about effective lighting solutions, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Walker Electrical.