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Self Storage Lighting Plans - Get it Right

Why are lighting plans important? They allow you to see your area and how it would look under LED Lighting taking the risk out of buying. We can easily run different options with our lights, and provide you with the proper information and guidance. We're here to save you money with LED. But it's as important to get the storage room lighting right.
Self Storage Lighting Plan

How to Make a Self Storage Unit Energy-Efficient

1.      Get Rid of Inefficient Light Fixtures

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Older storage facilities – those built in the 60s – were less consumer-oriented than today. Most utilized wall-packs, and for light control, each had a spring wound timer. The most common traditional lights for storage units are fluorescents and metal halides.

Metal halide lamps are gas discharge bulbs that discharge an electric arc via a gaseous mix. These bulbs use halides such as bromides or iodides from metals combined with argon and mercury vapor.

Metal halides have many deficiencies compared to energy-efficient LED self storage unit lighting. For one, they have a lengthy warm-up period, the longest of any light bulb on the market.

Most of them will actually take fifteen to twenty minutes to meet the greatest operating temperature. This means that these lights are often kept on longer than required since they aren't on demand.

While metal halides produce bright light, the average halide has a life expectancy of 6,000 to 15,000 hours. Integrating light controls such as dimmers may affect the already short lamp lives. The interesting thing is that some metal halide lamps cost almost as much as LED lights.

Yet, despite their high cost, you will still need to spend money on replacement bulbs and maintenance. Quality LEDs have a life expectancy of 100,000 hours. If they are used for 12 hours each day, they will serve effectively for 10 years or more.

Metal halide lamps also disperse their light in a multidirectional design. Light sent in all parts of self storage units (in a 360-degree arc) is not effective. A considerable chunk of this light is lost to the environment and the light is not focused.

2.      Reduce Light Pollution

 

Skyglow, which is light dispersed to the sky at night causing a glow over suburban and urban locations. It is the most recognizable result of light pollution. It's estimated to cost the U.S. $5 to $10 billion annually in wasted energy costs. As urbanization takes root, these costs will only go up – unless mitigated.

Glare often is light misdirected at drivers’ eyes at night or at pedestrians walking. It is quite unfortunate the lights aiding vision at night can actually cause the hindrance of it. Poorly designed outdoor fixtures with excessive contrast between dark and bright spots become a safety hazard.

Light trespass, which is light that illuminates neighboring properties. Since it trespasses, it is by all means unwanted. While a sky glow robs you of star-filled skies, light trespass robs you of your peace of mind and sleep. Light pollution does not affect circadian rhythms, it also affects other living organisms. Scientists report insects, sea turtles, and even plants are all succumbing to the excess, misdirected light.

3.      Use High-Quality Light Sources

The correlated color temperature (CCT) and the color rendering index (CRI) value of a light source dramatically impact the quality of light it produces.

Color Rendering Index - Quality of Light

CRI is a gauge of the light’s prowess in revealing the real hues of items compared to ideal light sources. The higher the CRI, the better the light quality. But, it is worth noting that some applications need lights with high CRIs.

If you want to light self storage units so items are clear and visible, then high-CRI lights are necessary. Storage units hold various types of items and are not very spacious. If they are not well-lit, people will find it difficult to locate their items – and you may not get repeat business.

LED Color Rendering Index (CRI)

High quality lights with correct CRI values such as LED self storage unit lights, makes it easier for tenants. Most LEDs have CRI values of above 70 and generate light which is almost comparable to daylight. Traditional bulbs have lower CRI values. The worst being the HPS bulb that produces yellow light and gives everything a yellow hue.

4.      Use Energy-Efficient Light Sources

Storage facilities have become more popular. The modern life has also played a big role in increasing the popularity of self storage units. Relationships fall apart. With divorce comes the need for self storage spaces as people contemplate their next move. Most people cherish knowing their possessions are in a safe place till the time they will need them.

A self storage facility owner needs to provide both safety and security in his facility. This prevents the loss, damage, or theft of valued personal items. High-quality lighting goes a long way toward providing safety. Yet, it’s paramount that the lighting be cost-effective.

The energy efficiency of light sources – or the lack of it – can impact your bottom line. Using the same lights you’ve used for years is not a great option. Newer and more user-friendly self storage facilities attract customers. They will move to them – as they are better-lit and protected.

Good lighting and security go hand in hand. It's a feature that most of your potential clients will look for . Poorly lit facilities give a feeling of insecurity and drive away would-be clients. Poor lighting is also a huge catalyst for criminal activities. Thieves and vandals are more likely to break into facilities that are not well lit.

In some cases, self storage facilities are unmanned to lessen running costs. Unmanned business premises are very reliant on high-quality lighting and security features. If the light system is inefficient, you may have to charge low rates.

5.      Use Light Control Features

Pair features with LED lights such as photo controls, dimmers, or occupancy sensors to help save power. Occupancy sensors installed in shared spaces, elevator bays, or hallways can conserve power. Ideal times include late night hours when the traffic to and from the facility is low.

They can also help cut down power usage at different times of the month. Most managers report traffic is higher at the end and at the beginning of the month and lower on regular days.

Sensors can prevent energy wasting when the facility is less busy. And it helps reveal the facility's usage trends as well. The parking lot LED fixtures can be enhanced with photo controls to ensure best power efficiency.

Types of Lighting Controls

Occupancy Sensors

These light control features sense people in the self storage facility and automatically light up the vicinity. The sensors also automatically switch off or dim the lights once the users have left the area.

Motion Sensors

These are perfect for outdoor and security lights that only need to be on for short periods at a time. They utilize ultrasonic sensing to track movements in and around the storage space.

Photocell Light Sensors

These control features sense the natural light levels in an area and regulate the light output. They are usually paired with outdoor security lights.

Preset Controls

These have sliders and switches and put the light adjustment in your hands. You can use the preset controls or adjust them as you see fit.

With these controls in place, your LED storage lights can reduce energy costs by up to 75%. These intelligent sensors track movement, ambient light, and temperature. Then feeds this vital data to your light control system. They will help lower the cooling costs and ensure the HVAC system is more efficient. The light fixtures will have a longer lifespan as well.

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