Street infrastructure is critical to any city and lighting roadways with proper illumination is key for both pedestrian and driver safety. Energy efficient LED roadway lighting eliminates unwanted spill light and can save up to 70% in energy costs. As residents, we want streets and landscapes to be safely lit. Brighter, evenly distributed LED lighting creates safer areas by deterring crime, improving vision clarity, and saving energy and maintenance costs in the long term.
Pedestrian-friendly downtown districts with restaurants, hotels, and retail are unique spaces that bring residents and visitors together. Exterior building and entertainment lighting is about creating unique environments while also creating a safely illuminated space. From water features and bridges to patios and outdoor stages, proper lighting can enhance our senses within the spaces we are in. Lighting brings nighttime exterior designed spaces to life with the right products. WLS provides product procurement for specification grade lighting fixtures, lighting design, and installation.
City facilities include a variety of spaces including low-rise/high-rise buildings, water treatment plants, department offices, animal shelters, libraries, and even historic buildings. The lighting within a building is the most important feature of that space, especially when we are spending our time inside. Lighting directly impacts our productivity, health, and wellbeing. This is a crucial factor in older buildings that do not have proper access to natural light through windows or have outdated/inefficient lighting. LED lighting retrofits are the ideal solution for outdated spaces and usually always qualify for energy rebates and incentives. Adding interior controls solutions will often improve return on investment and increase energy savings.
As we look for ways to improve employee health and wellbeing, healthy lighting continues to grow in popularity. Healthy lighting includes both Circadian lighting systems and UV Disinfection lighting systems. Circadian lighting systems are great for interior building spaces that have no access to natural lighting through windows. This type of lighting can also be paired with natural lighting spaces to further support the change in lighting temperature throughout the day.
Sports, Parks and Recreation
Parks and recreation centers are popular amenities for the community where safety and health are a priority. Whether it is city parks for residents, recreation space for extracurricular sports programs, or meeting spaces for groups, lighting is a necessity. Properly lit walkways, sidewalks, and parking lots are important for the safety of park patrons. Bright, energy-efficient LED lighting is important when it comes to lighting sports fields outdoors. Bright lighting is key for nighttime baseball, football, and soccer games. LED lighting increases your energy efficiency and decreases energy costs.
While bright and efficient LED lighting enhances nighttime safety for patrons, it is also important to decrease light pollution, when necessary, near nature preserves or sensitive wildlife areas. LED lighting products can be International Dark-Sky Certified or wildlife friendly. Dark Sky Certification helps reduce negative effects on wildlife and helps preserve natural areas. Environmentally friendly lighting is typically dimmable and can come with blue light depletion in order to decrease reactions of insects and animals to light.
In more remote locations, solar powered lighting can be a useful cost-saving option. Solar powered light sources do not require trenching for electrical conduits, saving labor, time, and cost upfront. This type of solution can qualify projects for LEED points and other solar energy incentives.