Lighting is essential to many areas of urban life, and outdoor lighting no exception. It is important to keep neighborhoods lit and this is commonly done with LED floodlights in places of business or public recreation spaces. Commercial outdoor lighting has the potential to cause severe interference or nuisance to other people, so it has been regulated by the government. There are a few rules and guidelines for outdoor lighting to prevent interruption to people or services, energy wastage, and environmental harm.
One of the primary reasons for regulating light is to ensure the safety of people and services. For example, commercial outdoor lighting must limit ‘sky glow’ where excessive upward illumination or reflection may disrupt visibility for aircraft navigation. Additionally, the light that is too intense for the area, particularly from LED floodlights can produce significant visual glare. Lowering people’s ability to see is dangerous, particularly where pedestrian accidents could occur so regulation of this lighting is essential. Finally, over-illumination can also impact the predatory habits of some animals, birds, and insects, posing possible safety risks to people.
Another reason for regulating commercial outdoor lighting is light pollution, where excessive or misplaced light can be harmful. Lighting solutions should only impact the area that they are meant to illuminate, and this is especially important for LED floodlights. Bright light seeping into residences at night can interrupt sleep patterns and cause health issues for occupants. This has led the government to introduce guidelines to prevent ‘light trespassing’ into residences from commercial outdoor lighting.
When looking for an LED lighting manufacturer to service your needs in commercial outdoor lighting, it is important to ensure that their products meet government guidelines for your usage. Contact Mases Lighting to learn more.