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Parking Lot Inadequate Lighting May Be Costing You Business

The days are getting shorter and this weekend we change the clocks back one hour. That means more comes out of your operations budget for parking lot lighting; as well as opportunity for injuries, vandalism or theft on your parking lot after sundown.

If you own or operate a business in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia, it’s important you install parking lot lighting to protect your building, your valuable assets, your employees, and your customers.

Shopping malls, schools, and businesses are frequently open during evening hours and sometimes late into the night.

In our area, the sun can go down as early as 5:30 pm during the shortest days of the year and poorly lit and unattended parking lots can be an opportunity to exercise the use of your insurance.

If your lighting is inadequate you could be vulnerable to regulatory and legal issues, not to mention a drop in foot traffic and business.

 

Safe Lighting Guidelines to Consider

 

There are a few guidelines you should consider when it comes to parking lot lighting.

 

  • You should be able to see and identify someone at 100 feet.
  • Lighting should be clear and bright enough that you can see curbs, stairs or other hazards.
  • There should be enough light that you can safely between cars when walking through parking lots.
  • When driving in parking lots, drivers should be able to see pot holes and other roadway obtrusions, including other vehicles.

 

In addition to personal safety issues for your customers and employees, parking lot lighting serves as a deterrent against criminal activities against your business and your customers.

According to SecurityMagazine.com, “…parking lots now are the leading location where crimes committed on a property lead to a lawsuit.”

 

In a recent case, a woman was assaulted in the parking lot of a local business.

 

“The area had a low crime rate and no assault had occurred in the business’ property in over 12 years. However, a court ruled that the woman should be compensated because the assault was predictable.

The area had poor lighting, there are always people wandering in the parking lot, there were no security guards to patrol the place, and the company could have taken more safety measures to prevent assaults.”

 

The Solution is Better Lighting

 

Better lighting is the solution to helping lower your legal exposure while also providing more safety to your employees and customers.

It’s also a great way to tell your customers that they are welcome at your place of business when it’s dark outside.

LED lighting for your parking lot isn’t just great for business; it’s also a great savings on your operations budget.

Some studies suggest that for every 1,000 kWh that you don’t use, you save $100 on your utility bill, assuming average electricity costs of 10cents per kWh.

You could save some significant money and you may qualify for financial assistance or rebates.

Please check out the Resources page to use energy calculators or read up on some whitepapers.

If you are considering and LED upgrade and want significant changes now, visit our Contact page and request a free consultation. We’ll help you sort out the details and your needs, as well as help you determine any incentives or rebates available to your business.

Warehouse Lighting: Avoid Unnecessary and Costly Fines with LED Lighting

Across the country, safety violations and fines cost warehouse Owners & Operators thousands of dollars or more and some of it is due to insufficient lighting and safety standards.

The truth is that much of the fines could have been avoided and cost much less, had companies been proactive in addressing these problems before OSHA and other state regulatory agencies discovered the problems and enforced the fines.

For example, one warehouse contractor in California was levied $34,400 in fines by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) when the Warehouse Workers United union complained about poor working conditions.

‘‘Everywhere we look, we find warehouses rife with frightening and unsafe conditions that put employees in peril,’’ Guadalupe Palma, director of Warehouse Workers United, said in the press release.

One of the chief complaints was insufficient lighting in addition to blocked aisles and unsafe machinery.

In another case in Jersey City, New Jersey, $64,400 in penalties was assessed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Among the violations was a failure to “provide auxiliary directional lighting on powered industrial trucks for areas where the general lighting was less than two lumens per square foot.”

There are stories every day of warehouse workers who are unable to work safely or efficiently due to the lack of proper lighting.

Not only are businesses paying the high cost of worker inefficiency, health-related worker expenses, legal issues and regulatory fines; they are paying much more than necessary to their utility companies due to antiquated lighting technology. These expenses can all be eliminated and productivity will be improved by implementing updated, high efficiency LED lighting solutions.

An LED lighting Retrofit is you most cost effective, simplest solution:

Modern LED lights have many benefits, including the not paying out large sums of money in the forms of fines thanks to safety violations.

Warehouses can quickly become a hazardous environment, especially when lighting is poor due to deteriorating lumen output and burnt out bulbs.

The longevity of an LED fixture is a major advantage in safety indicators and hard-to-reach areas in a factory or warehouse. LEDs not only prevent accidents, but also reduce expenses related to inventory, bulb replacement, maintenance, and HVAC operations.

Because LEDs use much less energy than standard bulbs, industrial users can reduce electrical costs up to 80 percent by upgrading their lighting systems. Return on initial investment can be achieved in as little as six months.

 

Additional benefits, not related to facility operations, save Owners and Operators even more:

  • Reduced workplace accidents
  • Reduced errors thanks to higher visibility
  • Employees are in a better mood because LEDs duplicate natural lighting.
  • Higher employee morale and increased efficiency
  • Lack of incentives for fines from regulatory agencies

If warehouse lighting is an issue for your business, contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we can help your business increase productivity, efficiency and higher profits.