Every location is unique in lighting needs. For example, transportation pick up area lighting can be tricky to navigate. Whether for a small location such as a bus stop on a college campus or a larger option such as an airport pickup area for incoming flights, this area requires special considerations along the same lines regardless of size. Here are the top things to look at for this location in terms of lighting.
The first matter of importance for this location is to consider the durability of the fixture. Any outdoor lighting solution should be rated for outdoor applications. It needs to be waterproof, vapor proof, dust proof, and shatterproof to ensure it will last for years of reliable use. It should be well gasketed to prevent any moisture or dirt getting inside the fixture head. While this type of fixture used to only be available in just a few fixture types, the field has expanded greatly to accommodate a range of needs. For instance, gooseneck lighting has become a popular choice for stylish, rustic appeal, and this fixture type can now feature a waterproof bulb area that makes it ideal. The key is to look at not just construction, but also the materials used. For example, choose a lens made of polycarbonate over glass, and metal housings of rolled steel over thin aluminum if looking for the best in durable material.
Aside from durability, visibility is one of the most important factors for transportation pick up area lighting. For visibility, the station needs to be clearly visible from the road for drivers, so they know where to go. If a pick-up station is poorly illuminated, it will be harder to find for both drivers and pedestrians on foot. The goal should be to position the lights so that they attract attention to the area. One of the best ways to do this is with overhead lighting that casts a downward light scope. The scope should be wide enough to cover the area if it is a small loading zone such as a bus stop, or casts light in the central loading areas of a larger transportation pick up area such as near curbs where pick-ups occur.
The matter of safety can’t be stressed enough in terms of transportation pick up area lighting. The lighting should be in places where pedestrians require visibility such as sidewalks, counters, curbs, and any stairs or steps. A trip and fall at these types of locations is usually related directly to improper illumination levels. Lighting can also act as a deterrent against crime. When any public area is well-lit, criminals will be less likely to strike.
There are two ways to achieve both safety against falls and security against criminals through lighting. The first is to choose the right lumen output. Lumen output is essentially how bright the light fixture will be. The larger the space, the more lumens you need. Keep in mind, you want the lumen output to be bright enough to deter criminals and aid visibility, but not so bright that it is uncomfortable to the eyes. The right lumen output will depend on the size of the space. The second way is by choosing the right color temperature. For this aspect, stay in the cooler color temperature, between 4500k to 5000k as opposed to anything warmer. A cooler, white light is ideal for creating a safe, inviting space.
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