3 Lighting Tips to Reduce Property Damage and Vandalism
By Eddie Reynolds, President & CEO, iluminar Inc.
*As Originally Seen on The Milestone Post
Campus vandalism can cost institutions hundreds of thousands of dollars that could be better spent on beneficial programs and improvement initiatives. One of the highest-ranking factors contributing to activities such as vandalism and destruction of property is a lack of adequate lighting. Fortunately, by following a few, simple lighting tips, campuses can reduce property damage and focus time and money where it should be.
Eliminate the Cover of Darkness
As common sense would tell us, criminals prefer to have the cover of darkness when participating in illegal activity. But what if you could take that advantage away by simply placing a few lights in strategic locations around your property? Fortunately, it is just that simple when working with a high quality, independent lighting source. Not only will an increase in lighting lower the chance of criminal activity in an area, it can also serve as a deterrent with the implementation of automated motion sensors.
Harness the Power of LED Lighting
LEDs are increasingly being used for types of lighting where the technology is proven in terms of energy saving. However, while their benefits in energy conservation are nothing less than impressive, the incredible savings experienced when it comes to application and maintenance costs are unmatched. In fact, users can save up to $731 per year per illuminator by switching to LED bulbs. When it comes to security, LED based white-light illuminators deliver perfect white-light for use with color cameras. LED white-light simulates daylight unlike the more standard incandescent sources, and it will illuminate your images, brightening any chosen area. Whether you want to deter potential problems or offer support in darkened areas, this is a great solution.
Specify Your Light Angle to Match your Camera Lens Angle
Just as many other things are optimized for best performance, it is crucial to ensure that your angle of illumination should match your camera and lens angles. If your angle is too narrow, the camera will see bright spots in the middle of your scene and create excessive contrast between light and dark.
One great way to get the most out of your independent illuminators, in regards to area coverage, is through the use of mounting brackets. For example, a dual mounting bracket has the ability to provide adjustable illumination by doubling your illumination angle up to 240 degrees or increasing the distance up to 40%. This technology can be particularly valuable when used for lighting associated with PTZ Dome cameras, as integrated Dome camera lighting cannot be fitted to move in sync with the cameras’ motions.