By R. Neal
Wall mounted lights perform three important functions integral to effective outdoor commercial lighting. First, they create general lighting for pedestrian around buildings and outdoor structures. General lighting should provide enough visibility to allow people to clearly differentiate between objects and judge distances accurately. Wall mounted lighting also plays a major role in accent lighting. Since many wall mounted fixtures feature highly geometric and decorative designs, they contribute very well to the overall aesthetic of almost any building. Security lighting, although most frequently done with landscape floodlights, also depends to some extend on wall mounted fixtures. Wall mounted flood lights on the corners and sides of large buildings can create a significant deterrent to criminal mischief by keeping main access points clearly visible to security personnel and cameras at all times.
When balanced in the right proportions, these three aspects of wall mounted lighting will work together to create a perimeter of illumination around any structure that creates a safer environment and a better overall aesthetic for the grounds.
General Lighting Fixtures
A Spartan approach is the best approach when it comes to installing wall mounted luminaires for general lighting. Contrary to popular misconception, the human eye does not need a great deal of light to see clearly at night. Scientific studies have proven that actual levels of light are far less important than the ability to see basic shapes, differentiate between objects and shadows, and to judge distance accurately.
Basic fluorescent wall packs are generally all that is required to create an even, glare free field of illumination around most buildings. Fluorescent wall mounted lighting offers several cost effective advantages over incandescent and halogen light fixtures. Fluorescents will last much longer and do not need to be replaced nearly as frequently. They also use far less power and can be left on throughout the night at significantly lower costs to your client’s overall operating budget.
Accent Lighting Fixture
Square and round brick and step lights are ideal luminaires to brighten up stairways and walls around outdoor courtyards and building entrances. Directional accent lights with highly decorative fixture designs are also available when specific lighting effects are desired, or when precise lighting levels around certain structures are necessary. RLLD Commercial Lighting provides a wide selection of square and round wall mounted lights that make an excellent compliment to landscape and path lighting around public facilities, schools, churches, and civic center.
When more intense levels of light are called for, you may need to use larger, more robust fixture. Since these fixtures will present an obvious visual even to the casual viewer, it is necessary to use the most decorative luminaires possible. The more sophisticated fixtures feature aluminum manufacture with a multitude of finish options to compliment the colors of the building. They also feature a variety of mounting options and triple axis directional control that allows them to be pointed in any direction.
In many cases, wall mounted lights play an important role in security lighting. This is particularly true in the industrial community, where buildings are very large and have several access points to the interior of the facility. Every one of these access points represents a point of vulnerability if it is obscured by shadows. Protecting these access points means making them clearly visible to either CCTV cameras or security personnel stationed in the facility. Wall mounted floodlights can be installed with remote sensors that trigger the lights when motion is detected. If the lights need to remain on throughout the night, there are a number of newer HID and fluorescent models to choose from that offer excellent lumens per watt efficiency. These newer lights work well with automatic timers that turn the lights on and off at certain hours.
When installing any kind of wall mounted lights, it is always best to have a photometric analysis of the building(s) performed first. This report will show where problem areas of shadow may potentially arise and help better determine the necessary lumens output and directional angles of incidence required to create the most evenly distributed and aesthetically balanced field of illumination.
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