Register Here | Login | My Account | Shopping Cart | Customer Service | Search| Items in Cart (0) | Quotes (0)
Call 1-800-369-6671
(Military/Intl Sales - 214-616-6180)
LIGHT TOWERS IN STOCK
       
 

Vast Inventory for Fast Shipping. Custom Builds Available, Rentals and Sales.
Most items in stock for fast shipping!! UPS Ship Map Credit cards & Paypal Accepted
Home - Articles You're NOT logged in, Please log in   

Search:
Company Information

Product #:

         
ATEX and IEC Ex Flame-proof Explosion Proof Lighting & Equipment
Explosion Proof Lights
Explosion Proof Motors - Motors for Hazardous Locations
Industrial and Vaporproof Emergency Failsafe Lighting
Industrial Cord Reels and Tool Taps
Industrial Work Area Heaters
Machine Vision Lights
Megatower™
QC Series Industrial Portable Lighting - Quick Change Mount
Rig Lights
Stadium lights
String Lights and Temporary Light Stringers
Tank Cleaning Lights
Three Phase Motor Soft Starters
Vapor Proof LED Lights
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)
Vehicle Mounting Plates
Workboat Light Fixtures & Lighting Equipment
Yacht Engine Room Lights
Color Changing LED RGB Lighting
Explosion Proof Cord Reels
GOLIGHT Spotlights
Larson FUTURE - Lease Lighting
Remote Area Lighting and Scene Lights
Utility Bucket Mount, Receiver Hitch & Trailer Mount Lighting
Aevum Control Lighting and Equipment - IIoT
Butane and Solvent Extraction Room Lighting and Equipment
DC to DC Transformers and Power Supplies
Explosion Proof Fans & Blowers
Explosion Proof Paint Spray Booth Approved Lights
Explosion Proof String Lights
Explosion Proof Switchgear & Controls
Fleet Service Lights and Lighting Equipment
Industrial Equipment Trailers
Industrial Handlamps & Droplights
ISO 14644/FS-209E Clean Room Lighting
LED Blasting Lights
Night Time Fishing Lights
Portable AC Power Supply Units
Portable Power Distribution Panels
Power Distribution Panels with KVA Transformers
Self-Contained Lighting
Service Pit Lighting
Solar Generators & Solar Powered Lighting
Agricultural Farm Equipment Lighting & Beacons
Explosion Proof Cameras & Surveillance Systems
Explosion Proof Emergency Lights
Explosion Proof Heaters
Garage & Gas Station Canopy Lights
LED Grow Lights
LED Lights
NDT Ultraviolet Lights
Portable Hazardous Location Lighting
Radio Communication Towers and Equipment
Salt Water Processing Equipment
Shelter & Tent Lighting
Thermal Monitoring Cameras and Systems
48V LED Equipment Lights
ATEX Rated Explosion Proof Lights
Automotive Lighting
Class Rated Signals, Alarms, and Systems
Hazardous Location Area Lights and Portable Lighting
HID Equipment Lights
Hot Work Permit Lighting and Equipment
Hunting Lights
Industrial lasers
Industrial Transformers
Light Towers
Outdoor Lighting
Remote Security and Surveillance Systems
Temporary Construction Lights
Vehicle Mounted Spotlights
Equipment & Heavy Machinery LED Light Package Fitouts
Phase Converters - Single to Three Phase
Marine Shore Power Cords and Equipment
24 Volt Military Lights
Disaster Relief / First Responders / Search & Rescue Lighting
Plastic Handcuff Key
110/120 Volt Flood Lights
Post Mount Spotlights
Magnetic Work Lights
Crank-up Light Masts
**********    
Intrinsically Safe Lights
Military Flashlights
LED Waterproof Lanterns
Work Area Lights
12 Volt Flood Lights
**********    
**********    
Boat Spotlights
New Boat Lights
HID Boat Lights
Boat Dock Lights
**********    
Remote Control Lights
Control Lights
Tow Lights
Magnetic Control Lights
**********    
NEW Lights and New Products
Evaporative Coolers
Police Equipment
AC/DC Transformers
Power Supplies
**********    
Military Spotlights 24V
Infrared Filters, Covert Covers, and Blackout IR Lenses
Military Equipment
Ultralife Batteries
Remote Control Pan Tilt Base
**********    
Larson Electronics Spotlights
Larson Electronics Parts
Replacement Lamps
Cords - Brackets
Portable Wheeled Generators
Non-Hazardous Location Extension Cords / Plugs / Outlets
**********    
HID Work Lights
HID Dive Lights
HID Off Road Lights
Acro Lights HID Lights
Halogen Lights
**********    
Acro Light Flashlight
Xenon HID Flashlights
Powerlight Flashlight
HID Flashlights
Xenon Flashlights
**********    
LED Status Lights
Forklift Lights
Tractor Lights
HID Post Mount Lights
Roof Mount Lights
Post Mount Light parts
**********    
Flashlight Holder
Magnet Spotlight Base
Tripods-Magnetic Base
**********    
Recharging Spotlights
Fire Rescue Lights
LED Street Lights
Utility Lights
**********    
Hazard Lights
Strobe Lights - Battery Operated
Strobes & Beacons
Strobe Light Bars
**********    
Headlights - Headlamps - Hard Hat Lights
Flashlights
**********    
Suction Mount Lights
Magnetic Spotlights
12/24 Volt Spotlights
Gifts For Men
**********    
**********    
New 12 / 24 Volt Lights
Explosion Proof Accessories and Replacement Parts
Explosion Proof Lighting
Explosion Proof Hand Lamps (Drop Lights)
Explosion Proof Lights - Stand/Dolly
Explosion Proof Tank Lights
Explosion Proof Phones and Intercoms
Explosion Proof Extension Cords
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials
Crane Lights
Explosion Proof Light Rentals
General Light Rentals
Light Tower and Light Plant Rentals
Power Distribution Rentals
**********    
Power Plant Lighting
Refinery lights
Environmental Services Lights
Aerospace Lights
Chemical Plant Lights
Food Grade Safe Lights
Film and Entertainment Lights
Handheld Meters and Devices
Waste Water Treatment Lights
Mining Lights
Ship Yard Lights
Work Site Lighting
         

   
08/04/13 Looking at Outdoor Security Lighting Basics

Article- August 2013 By Larson Electronics.com

High Intensity LED Flood Light

Larson Electronics 40 Watt LED Sensor Light


Security lighting has been an area of great growth as well as contentious debate within the security and lighting industries. Prior to the World Wars, attention to outdoor security lighting was given little importance, and most outdoor lighting served as basic illumination for more utilitarian purposes. Post World War society however was much changed, and emphasis began being placed on lighting as a deterrent to crime and even possibly subversive activities by foreign operatives. While its effectiveness against the latter was never really a major source of discussion, the ability of illumination to act as a crime deterrent has indeed been the subject of much debate.


Many studies have been performed in an effort to determine the effectiveness of lighting in reducing the instances of violent crimes, burglary and robberies. Many of these studies are at odds with each other, which has served to only increase the confusion around security lightings’ effectiveness rather than produce a definitive answer. Much of the problem seems to stem from how the performance of security lighting is measured and the parameters against which it is evaluated. For instance, it is not enough to consider how brightly illuminated an area is, but also how well objects can actually be seen, and how the lighting affects the ability of observers outside of the illuminated area to view the area being illuminated. A very bright perimeter lighting system for example might indeed illuminate a fence line very well, but when observed from a position outside of the illuminated area, the observer may find it difficult to accurately view the entire area. The area might be brightly lit, but heavy glare, poor lighting color quality, and poor fixture placement creates areas where objects are obscured, contrast and detail is washed out making objects blend into the darker background, and dark zones provide areas to avoid visibility.


Because of our natural propensity for avoiding dark places when alone, an understandable behavior considering the inability to see a potential threat greatly increases the chances of becoming a victim, being able to illuminate an area increases our feelings of security and safety. Since we naturally associate well lit surroundings with a higher degree of safety, it of course follows that outdoor lighting would thus become viewed as a common sense way to improve security. The problem though is that the feeling of security that illumination provides is not always valid. While holding the potential to reduce the incidence of criminal activities, illumination can also actually serve to increase their number as well. As counterintuitive as this may seem, this is borne out by the aforementioned studies, which is why there is some controversy over the effectiveness of outdoor security lighting.



Although this idea that lighting can both hinder and facilitate criminal activity can seem confusing, once we look at how this happens it becomes clear why this is. Security lighting really serves three main purposes that serve as better focal points for evaluating its effectiveness than just relying on the feeling of confidence it instills. These focal points include to act as a deterrent to the would be criminal who is relying on not being seen to facilitate his activities, to help the law abiding citizen identify and avoid potentially dangerous situations, and to help in the identification and description of criminals and their activities should deterrence fail. Security lighting also serves to provide general illumination for normal activities and improve the public’s general feelings of security and confidence, thus increasing their presence around well lit areas and as a result potentially reducing the incidence of crimes that rely on remaining hidden from view of the public. 


In order to act as a deterrent, security lighting must serve to make it more difficult to engage in criminal activities. The primary way lighting accomplishes this is by making it difficult to remain out of the view of outside observers. However, in order for this to be effective it must indeed be possible for potential observers to view the illuminated area, otherwise lighting can serve to increase the chances of an incident. A case in point involves a school in Texas which for several years experienced frequent instances of vandalism. The school grounds were well lit, but the ability of observers made up of the local community to actually view the grounds was severely limited by distance and obstruction. The school eventually began turning off the lighting and allowing the grounds to remain dark throughout the night. In this case, the instances of vandalism dropped dramatically, indicating that lighting was actually helping the vandals in their activities rather than deterring them. Thus, a remote building that is not within reasonable viewing range of nearby observers is likely not a good candidate for outdoor security lighting as such lighting would only serve to increase utility costs and make it easier for criminals to engage in their activities.



Placement of lighting is also extremely important when utilizing lighting for security purposes. Attention must be given to potential obstructions that may provide areas of darkness ideal for obscuring activities. Additionally, lighting needs to be properly spaced so that overlap is not too great and irregular patterns of brightness and darkness created. The goal is to place lighting so that illumination is uniform and even over the entire targeted area. It is likewise important to consider the glare created by fixtures which might interfere with an observer’s ability to view an area. Fixtures with poor directional control and lamps that are easily within direct line of sight tend to create bright glare that can make viewing the area illuminated by the fixture difficult. This problem is most common with metal halide wall pack fixtures, which tend to have the lamp and reflector assembly facing outwards from the side of the fixture, with no hood or shield or in place to help control beam spread and block the lamp itself from the outside observers viewing angle.


For final consideration, the quality of the light being used also plays an important role in security lighting’s effectiveness. If you have ever been in a parking lot illuminated by low pressure sodium lamps you are familiar with how the reddish orange coloring of the light interferes with the ability to discern colors and details. Lighting with poor color quality and low color temperature tends to make it difficult to discern contrast and detail while also making it difficult to see the actual color of objects being illuminated. A blue car under a low pressure sodium lamp for instance will appear to be black in color, while a yellow car may appear to be maroon or even red. Because of this, security lighting should be fitted with lamps of high color temperature and good color rendering index in order to allow observers to make the most accurate and detailed observations possible.


In order to effectively utilize security lighting it is very important to remember that it is not so much the fact that an area is illuminated that makes it effective, but that the area can first actually benefit from illumination, and second that this illumination is properly chosen and installed. Security lighting when improperly installed or used in areas where it will not facilitate the observation of the illuminated area can actually increase the problems associated with criminal activity. In the end, first making sure an area is indeed visible to the surrounding citizenry and then ensuring that this lighting provides them with the best viewing opportunities can make all the difference between lighting that wastes money and lighting that improves the security and safety of the properties in question.





Related Categories/Products
Category/Product (click on link below for more information)
110/120 Volt Flood Lights
LED Wall Pack Flood Lights
Work Site Lighting
LED Red Strobe Light - 18 LEDS - Battery Powered - Dual Magnetic Base - Continuous or Strobe Output
Single LED Strobing Beacon - Magnetic Mount w/ Cigarette Plug - (Avail in Blue, Red or Amber)
1000 Watt Metal Halide Light - Class 1 Division 2 Groups A-D - T3b Temperature - 110,000 lumens
11,000 Watt Generator - Water Cooled Diesel Engine - 30' Telescoping Tower - 6 High Pressure Sodium
Solar Powered 5W LED Light - 8 Hour Run Time - 35' X 35' Illuminated Area
500 Watt Quartz Light
High Intensity LED Blasting Light w/ 200lb. Grip Magnetic Base - 120 Volts AC - 12 3.3-Watt LEDs
120VAC LED Flood Light on Adjustable 200lb. Grip Magnetic Base - 6, 1-Watt LEDs - 50' SOOW Cord
Magnetic Mount High Output LED Light Emitter - 6, 1-Watt LEDs - Waterproof - 20ft Cord - 120VAC - Sh
GVP-24-2L-LED - Vapor Proof LED 2 Foot Light for Outdoor Applications
40 Watt LED Sensor Light – Night/Day Occupancy Sensing - 400W Metal Halide Equivalent
Portable LED Telescoping Light Tower - 48 Watts - Extends 3.5'- 10' - Adjustable U-Bracket - 120-277
General Area Use - 400 watt - Metal Halide - Floodlight
LEDWP-400 - LED Wall Pack Light - 400W Metal Halide Equivalent - 12 LEDs - 10ft Cord High Output
1000 Watt High Pressure Sodium Light - Class 1 Division 2 Groups A-D - T3b Temperature - 125,000 lum
Metal Halide Light w/ Remote Ballast - 1500 Watt HID - Flood Beam - NEMA 3R Ballst Box
200 Watt LED Light Fixture - General Area Use - 21,000 Lumens
400 Watt Metal Halide Light w/ External Ballast - Class 1 Division 2 & Class 2 Division 1
70 Watt LED Explosion Proof Quadpod - Aluminum Light Tower - 100 foot cord - 5800 Lumens
1000 Watt Metal Halide Floodlight - Multi-Tap Wired 277 Volt
Home | Contact Us | Return Policy | Privacy Policy | Security Policy | Copyright © 2006-2018. All Rights Reserved.