A hub of constant activity, an airport is an environment with a lot of hustle and bustle. When it comes to this essential location, lighting can either be successful or not so successful. A question commonly asked is what role does lighting play in improving efficiency at airports and what are ways to implement such solutions. Here are a few things worth keeping in mind regarding this topic.
For starters, it has been proven that lighting plays a role in the moods of humans. We are very sensitive to the effects of lighting throughout the day. From the lumen output to the overall color temperature, lighting can play a role in how humans behave. This factor can certainly play a role in the overall efficiency and moods of both employees and travelers. When looking at airport lighting efficiency in terms of energy costs, you want lights that will encourage staff efficiency through the use of mood related effects, as well as efficiency in terms of saving the airport money on energy costs. Here are a few tips to help you achieve both goals.
- Use bright and cool lights for alertness in areas where it is most needed. Bright lights in terms of lumen output will help improve the visibility factor while the right color temperature can help with alertness. A cool white temperature helps to aid in alertness by mimicking daylight and focusing the eye. This feeling of focus and awareness is especially useful in areas such as security checkpoints and luggage areas where staff and travelers need to be on the lookout for anything suspicious or dangerous. It is also great for improving employee effectiveness and morale since humans are so impacted by lighting.
- Choose warm lights in calmer areas to promote a feeling of ease. Traveling can be stressful. With a warmer temperature in areas where visibility is less essential to safety and security, warmer temperature solution creates a sense of relaxation to juxtapose the tension of traveling. Warmer temperatures can be used in hallways, corridors, waiting areas, and lounges.
- Opt for LED when looking for operational efficiency. LED solutions offer the best in terms of wattage consumed for the lumen output generated. They are also low heat emitting meaning that almost all of the energy consumed is used to create the lumen output without energy lost to heat.
- Add a few extras to improve the lighting solutions instead of overhauling the entire plan. When looking to up the efficiency of your lighting solutions, consider adding timers and dimmers. These two elements can be easily added to almost any light fixture. They are useful for ensuring lights are only used as needed and at the correct level of lumen output, both of which go a long way in saving on energy costs.