Property managers know how essential lighting is for a property’s curb appeal and tenant safety. It’s essential for attracting new tenants and maintaining market rate rent prices. Outdoor lighting is a great tool for helping your building stand out from the competition.
Lighting for visual appeal can be used in different areas of a property to showcase the building’s best features and create a welcoming atmosphere for residents. Property management can glean some good lighting ideas from some of the best hotels, where lighting is strategically placed to the highlight the property’s architectural façade and dramatic landscape elements at night, making it appear vibrant and active.
Using flood lights positioned upward at the base of tall trees adds a rich and dramatic affect after dark. Strategically placed lighting up above and at ground level adds dimension and creates an impressive atmosphere. Using lighting that hits the building straight on can flatten the structure’s appearance. Adding colored lighting in some spots can be used to add character to landscape features, large planters, and the pool area.
Using efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting provides cost savings over the long-term. LED lights offer the longest life, from 25,000 to 50,000 hours, and consumes the lowest amount power. Using 8 LED lightbulbs each drawing 3 watts of power gives you more light while consuming the same amount of power as a 25-watt incandescent bulb. LED lighting is a great, cost-effective option for interior lighting too.
Those corkscrew CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent lamp) are slightly more expensive than LEDs, consume more energy, and their lifespan is 10,000-15,000 hours. Fluorescent lighting also contains mercury, which is a neurotoxin. When a fluorescent bulb breaks, clean-up is tricky and specific steps need to be taken to avoid spreading mercury powder or vapor.
LED lights are available to meet a variety of uses. You can find LED flood, motion, ceiling, lamp, and all standard size and style bulbs for interior and exterior lighting.
How cost-effective is LED lighting? San Francisco’s Bay Lights LED light show, which utilized 25,000 individual white LEDs, costs approximately $30 per day in electricity and brought $100 million in tourism revenue to the Bay Area in 2015—that’s great visibility!
Of course, property managers need outdoor lighting to address safety concerns on their properties as well. Planning outdoor lighting for building security starts with a comprehensive inspection of the property and building after dark to identify areas that are inadequately lit. The goal is to prevent unwelcome visitors and people with criminal intent from taking advantage of poorly lit areas that make it easier for them to break into the building or tenant units.
Stairways, indoor and outdoor walkways, and hallways should also be inspected for lighting deficiencies as a security measure and to help prevent injuries to tenants and visitors from trips and falls.
Property managers need to utilize lighting for many purposes—aesthetic/curb appeal and overall safety and security both inside the building and outside.
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