From dusk to dawn, it is important to protect your employees, your company’s products and assets, as well as your customers. No matter what type of business you operate, having the right type of outdoor security lighting is important. According to recent FBI statistics, victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.0 billion in property losses in 2019.
To avoid becoming the target of a burglary, consider upgrading your outdoor security system and security lighting with our experienced commercial electricians at Tapps Electric. Here are some steps to help get the process started.
#1: Survey the exterior of your business.
Finding the right placement of your outdoor security lights is crucial. To determine where you should place them, do a thorough walk-around of your building at night. This can help you establish where some key points of entry are, and what spaces are darkest and pose the highest level of vulnerability. In addition, if your business has outdoor security cameras, proper lighting is especially important. Ensure your lights don’t cause glares or other obstructions to the cameras. Some of the main places to install lights include walkways, parking lots and garages, staircases, near windows and doors, and around large bushes or trees.
#2: Research the various outdoor security lighting options.
After you have made some notes on which areas need the most lighting, determine which type of lights are going to provide the most protection. Here are some of the most common.
- Flood lights: These lights will do just like the name suggests – flood designated areas with light. These lights are ideal for the largest dark areas around your commercial space.
- Spotlights: Do you have landscaping around your building, or signage at the entrance or around the driveways? These can provide an extra layer of protection, in addition to making the business more visible from the street. This is especially helpful if there is a problem at the business and first responders need to find the location.
- Outdoor light fixtures: Exterior lights that are used around entrances and exits of the building are a must have. This is not only a great way to enhance your security, but it provides an extra layer of safety for your employees who may be walking in and out of the building while it’s dark.
- Motion-activated lights: These lights are some of the most used security lights for business owners. They will turn on if they sense any activity around the perimeter of the area. These lights are also a great option for saving energy, as they will turn off once the motion around it is not detected anymore.
#3: Hire professional commercial electricians to install the lights.
By wiring outdoor lighting yourself, you may be putting your property at risk for an electrical problem. Not to mention, as a business manager or owner, you have a lot to juggle. By hiring a commercial electrician, you will not only save time and be able to focus on other business priorities, but you’ll also be able to relax knowing that it is done right. We proudly work with businesses of all kinds around Pierce County.
Don’t leave your business vulnerable to burglaries or break-ins. With the right type of outdoor security lighting – especially when combined with a robust security system with outdoor cameras – you will ensure your business is protected day or night. With the help of the experts at Tapps Electric, your commercial building, warehouse, industrial building, or retail business will be safer and ultimately, be set up for greater future success. Not sure where to begin? Contact us today for questions about your commercial electrical project.
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