Guest Post By: Sam Vshisht
Parking lots require sufficient lighting as they may be placed anywhere, underground, outside or inside the building. Getting a car out can also be sometimes risky. But imagine having a parking space illuminated with the beautiful to look and colorful lighting system, which can shine the whole area and make those few moments in it wonderful. In the article, I would present a few tips to design the solar powered parking lot lights and make the landscaping of the parking area a grand affair.
Choosing the energy-efficient equipment
To design the efficient lighting system, ensure its energy efficiency. The design process includes creating equipment inventory, formulating lighting quality and quantity, adding lighting controls, meeting cost and its effectiveness.
Following the steps below for landscaping the solar-powered parking lights
Study the market for finding the different lighting opportunities, create the luminaries that you would need to replace, and ask why you would replace them. If your system is retrofit, make sure to collect information on each luminaire that you need to replace. Remember that the entrances towards the parking lot and the areas that are located near the building might use different luminaire types than main parking areas.
Determine the light quantity and quality
The lighting depends on the type of building or site that it supports as well as the surrounding area of the site. If a parking lot is in a national park it should not have the same lighting requirements as a secure federal facility would have. More light does not ensure good quality, many security cameras are rated for low and high light levels but are restricted by contrast ranges. Therefore uniformity in the lighting system can help in viewing images on the camera and physical substances in the parking lot. It also ensures safety for the vehicles parked as well as pedestrians. If there is a contrast between bright and darker areas it is difficult to see people and vehicles in the darker spots.
The luminaries that are spaced properly and spread light evenly on the parking area, are critical for lighting design. If you are considering the replacement then one to one option is not feasible at a situation when you are considering light levels and uniformity ratios. There is also a need to consider trees or other substances whichever are available in the area; this might impact the design.
Use the controls
Take controls also into consideration for saving purpose. Many parking areas remain enlightened for more than 13 hours every day. You can use the lighting controls to save energy for infrequent use. Parking areas are generally vacant at certain hours in nights. If you use controls to decrease the rate of lighting at this time, you can save enough energy. Circuiting the luminaries in the night might help you in decreasing the quantum of light or they can be switched off at the time when you don’t require lights. So while designing increase the energy-saving potential and user satisfaction, luminaire selection, lighting controls, and installation.
Selection of Materials
Materials that are present in the parking area impact the lighting, many people add trees or other natural elements to create a special effect in the lighting design scheme. While doing so, it is not very imperative to not only coordinate luminaire placement but also impact the future growth of the tree canopy. If the surface is horizontal consider lighting the vertical service parking area, signage, sculptural pieces, landscape features, and the different facades. If you incorporate the lighting vertical elements, the area would become very appealing.
People are also opting solar canopies over a certain portion of the parking area. A solar canopy establishes a covered parking area, while its top surface has a photovoltaic panel. So it not only protects the parking area from rain and snow but also creates on-site renewable energy. The solar canopies are used both in commercial as well as municipal departments.
Overall landscaping the parking lot involves finding the lighting color and design of the lights. You can find ample of designs which goes with the atmosphere. It also depends on how things would appear in space.
Summary: Parking areas needs to be illuminated but the question is how well we can do so and how we can increase the security and beauty of the parking areas with the lighting systems? This article highlights some of the factors that we should consider to design the landscape of the parking space and increase its beauty and security.