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Security And Parking Lot Lighting
November 10, 2009 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
I'm Brandon Lorenz, senior editor for Building Operating Management magazine. Today's Tip: How's Your Parking Lot Lighting?
It's not unusual for facility mangers to ignore their parking lot lighting. If they think of it at all, it might be in the context of saving energy. But another factor to consider is security.
Dim lighting in a parking lot for example, can make building occupants feel unsafe. It could also cause would-be criminals to target one parking lot or building over another.
Consider a night walk to evaluate parking lot lighting and see whether upgrades are needed. A simple, often low-cost program to implement is a security escort for anyone who requests one to their vehicle.
Finally, if energy is a concern, depending on how your site lighting is operated and circuited, you can create an "economize mode" for overnight when the site is at its lowest occupancy.