Businesses and homeowners rely on bright outdoor lighting to make their property safe, improve visibility at night, and transform the environment to make it warmer and more inviting. Properly installed, outdoor lighting systems can also boost the property value and help owners avoid liability concerns. Since these lights are exposed to outdoor elements, however, the fixtures and bulbs need to be specially rated for outdoor use. If your property receives a lot of rain, snow, or humidity, look for fixtures that are recommended for use in wet locations, and, for long-term installations, have an electrician wire your property to protect against environmental damage and avoid using extension cords.
Some of the most common types of outdoor lighting include:
Motion-sensor floodlights discourage unwelcome individuals from trespassing on the property, and they can also facilitate parking after sunset. They usually light up the areas near the driveway, garage, and fencing.
Outdoor lights placed along walkways improve visibility and help prevent falls—thereby protecting guests while also reducing the owner’s liability risk.
To avoid fumbling for keys in the dark, hang lighting around the entryway.
Decorative Landscaping Lighting
Outdoor lighting can also be used to highlight your home and landscaping, making the property more aesthetically pleasing. These lights improve usability for outdoor spaces—for example, by creating a bright outdoor dining area for summer barbecues—and they help drive customers to well-lit storefronts.
Pool and Spa Lighting
Underwater lighting can be installed in pools and spas to illuminate the water, which makes it safer for swimming and walking around the property. These lights also create a charming atmosphere and increase the likelihood that people will use outdoor amenities after dark.
Since these lights are used in water, they must be housed in water-safe fixtures. When replacing the lighting in a pool or spa, first turn off the power source and remove the entire enclosed light structure from the water. Next, check the housing for any damage and dry the housing if it’s wet. Then, replace the bulb, reassemble the housing structure, and reposition the fixture in its socket underwater. Since this process can be dangerous, it is best to have a professional handle it.
Stores and other businesses rely on lighting to showcase their products and location. A well-lit display can attract the passersby, directing new foot traffic to your business, and it encourages consumers to spend time at your store or business.
Most designers recommend using four layers of lighting at commercial properties:
Ambient lighting fixtures are the main source of illumination in a room. They provide uniform base lighting throughout the space and can be diffused to create a relaxing environment where people will want to stay. Lights positioned around the perimeter—called “wall washing”—make the area feel more expansive and highlight the company’s products.
Task lighting supplements ambient lighting to add focus to a particular area where people will perform detailed activities. For example, businesses often position task lighting over cash registers and above dining tables.
Accent lighting is meant to draw the viewer’s eye to an area of special interest—for example, a section for newly released merchandise. Accent lights usually have a smaller range of focus compared to ambient light fixtures, but they’re brighter and sometimes use different color spectrums.
Decorative lighting should reinforce the company’s brand image and add visual interest. The fixtures are usually highly stylized and can become focal points in the room.
Stage and Theater Lighting
Stage venues need top-of-the-line lighting solutions. The right lighting design will make the stage and its performers visible to the audience, create mood and atmosphere, and emphasize where the audience should look.
Most theater lighting systems include the following:
Flood lights provide uniform coverage across the stage.
Asymmetric Flood Lights
Sometimes called cyclorama lights, these fixtures are used to illuminate the scenery backdrop.
Spotlights are used to draw the audience’s attention to a performer or section of the stage. Depending on the type of spotlight used, a director can create soft or hard edges around the beam and adjust the light intensity, width, and gradient between other light sources. Focus, fresnel, profile, follow, and plano-convex (PC) are a few examples of different types of focus spotlight fixtures. Each type produces unique visual effects and varies by the lens type and reflector.
Beam lights create a narrow focus of light on the stage. These types of lights are usually attached to fixed or hanging rigs that technicians can move throughout the performance. Some can even be pre-programmed to transition through a series of positions based on a timer.
Just like business owners, homeowners benefit most from having multiple light sources in every room. Lamps, overhead track lighting, chandeliers, pendant lights, and wall sconces are some of the most popular forms of residential lighting. Task lighting can be especially important in the kitchen because cabinetry and wall-mounted appliances block some of the overhead lighting from reaching the counters. In this case, it makes sense to add hidden lights flush beneath the cabinets to add greater visibility and help during food preparation.
Lighting details add significant value to the property and can even translate into higher selling prices, more offers, and greater interest in property listings.
Mitronix is also capable of providing lamp holders for a variety of other industries as well, including (but not limited to):
- Landscape Lighting
- Emergency Lighting
- Appliance Lighting
- Automotive Lighting
- Architectural Lighting
- Vending Machine Lighting
- Office Lighting
- Roadway Lighting
- Security Lighting
- Industrial Lighting
- Healthcare Lighting
- Museum Lighting
- Medical/Scientific Lighting
- Signal Lighting
- Transportation Lighting
For more details regarding how Mitronix may be able to assist you, we encourage you to fill out a contact us form below to speak with one of our representatives.
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Lighting is critical to your comfort and safety, and it also has a significant impact on a business’ property value, accident liability, and customer experience. The dedicated and knowledgeable Mitronix staff has the expertise and product range needed to provide solutions for all your lighting needs, both residential and commercial.
We also have over 30 years of experience creating custom solutions for a variety of applications and have served clients who provide services in automotive repair, entertainment, museum and art curation, medical services, retail, residential construction, and more. Request a quote if you need quality light housing or lamp holders, or contact us today if you have any questions. If you need a lamp holder for an indoor or outdoor location, we have durable housing you can count on.