By R. Neal
Architectural area lights feature an aesthetic component that differentiates them from the purely functional fixtures used in typical site lighting. Although the lamps used in both architectural area lighting and site lighting are often similar–if not identical– light sources, architectural area lights are made with a noticeably higher level of decorative design and ornamentation. As such, purchasing costs can be rather high, and this can deter municipalities, academic institutions, and even small corporations from making an investment that would otherwise serve their outdoor lighting needs on a number of levels ranging from public appeal to commercial branding. When commercial site developers, architects, and contractors encounter this type of resistance, they can turn to RLLD Commercial Lighting for adjunct lighting design support that will enable them to propose cost-effective, energy saving light sourcing that offers both tangible benefits and ROI on multiple levels.
Contractors frequently encounter office buildings, churches, museums, civic centers, municipal headquarters, universities, restaurants, resorts, and country clubs that require a highly customized, often very sophisticated architectural area lighting system that will contribute certain key elements to their property, building architecture, and public image. The fixtures and lamps that will ultimately be used to build these systems must completely accommodate the multiple demands of dark sky laws, increasingly strict LPW efficiency codes, minimum foot candle requirements, and bring the client measurable ROI through reduced power requirements and minimized ongoing maintenance.
If you are a commercial developer or sole proprietor working as a DIY electrical contractor, you can quickly and accurately accommodate these many demands in an expeditious manner is to work with a vendor like RLLD Commercial Lighting that offers complimentary, adjunct design services with a systematic approach. Before we suggest any specific lamps or fixtures, we first want to learn more specifics from you regarding your client’s site. When we understand architectural area lighting to actually be a combination of four separate elements– parking lot lighting, parking garage lighting, building architectural lighting, and security lighting– the right questions to ask become readily apparent. Does your client have a parking lot, a parking garage, or both? What is the total number of buildings located on the property? Are there public park areas, open landscapes, recreational areas, or walkways that require special lighting? How many people work or visit the facility at night? What is the total acreage of the property if it is located on a considerably large piece of land? How much light will the entire system output, what it will cost, and what will be the expected return on investment for your client?
The data gathered from this dialogue is now inputted into sophisticated lighting design software that enables us to calculate on a point by point level the exact photometric requirements needed to determine which specific fixtures will best provide building accent light, perimeter and walkway security, glare free, well-lit parking areas, and aesthetic, shadow-free landscape, and an energy savings package that offers a measurable ROI by means of energy and maintenance cost savings. By eliminating the guesswork from architectural area lighting, RLLD Commercial Lighting helps contractors first determine exactly what lighting levels and power requirements are optimal to propose, and second, which actual products will most effectively and affordably offer clients lasting solutions that are affordable, reliable, and aesthetically superior. By giving smaller design firms and individual lighting design consultants access to software normally affordable only to larger firms, RLLD Commercial Lighting also helps level the lighting design playing field, arming small companies and consultants with competitive advantages that can rival even the largest firms in photometric accuracy, specification grade quality, and multiple benefits at the line item level.
RLLD Commercial Lighting maintains a full selection of architectural area lighting fixtures, lamping options, commercial lighting poles, and mounting accessories that allow the contractor to offer more options to the client at the line item level. As a representative of a number of reputable, domestic, and established manufacturers, we can offer any commercial developer, architect, or lighting designer impeccable lead time on products made here in the United States and drop shipped anywhere in the country to expedite time to market delivery of products and services.
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