Monthly Archives: June 2015

Lighting Up the Outside

When an apartment building is undergoing construction, one of the main concerns should be about proper outdoor lighting. Because with proper lighting, the tenants of the building will feel and be safer, and the reputation of the building being a safe place to live will increase. Also without proper lighting, tenant turnover may increase because people feel unsafe on the grounds after dark.

outdoor-lightingBut is professionally installed outside lighting really that important as opposed to you doing it? Actually the answer is yes. Because experts will know how to do it right. Because the reason for exterior lighting in parking lots anyway is to make sure there aren’t any hidden dangers and dark spots where threatening people can hide in. The exterior lighting should be bright enough then at 100 feet for a person walking to see potential threats and be able to avoid them. Bright lighting helps to deter criminal activity because of identification risk on the part of the criminal. Criminals like easy targets in dark places and professional lighting experts know how to design the lighting.

Also, another important area is the perimeter of the apartment building and the entry way. So exterior lighting in common areas needs to be on a timer or photo-cell which is timed to be turned on when it’s dusk and then turn back off when it’s dawn.

Perimeter flood lights with motion detectors are another option for safety issues. The motion detector will only turn on the flood lights when a human body comes across its field of detection. That way, if someone is on the premises or just walking around, the lights will come on and anyone out walking will be able to see that person.

With some managers, the concern that too much lighting will disturb the tenants in their apartments may keep some portions of the complex dark. Some of these areas may be the passage area between buildings, the swimming pool area, the area where pets can be walked and the laundry rooms. By hiring professional contractors who work with these issues daily though, they can use lights which have special light pollution and glare technology which will solve these problems when installed. With these specific areas targeted, the tenants can feel safe as they walk back and forth in these areas.

There are some things which should be left to the professionals and exterior lighting done correctly is one of them.

Paint and Lighting Make a Difference

When a strip mall begins to look a little run down and uncared for, sometimes a coat or two of paint can make all the difference. It will restore the mall to all its former glory and help to increase business. Also, vandals are more likely to damage a rundown area so painting helps to prevent that. Now the type of painting used is called industrial painting or commercial painting. One of the easiest ways to have this type of painting done is to hire a construction contractor to do the job correctly and efficiently.

stripmallWhat the contractor will do first is to assess what tools will be used and whether there will be a color change also needed. The contractor will then consider the surface area of the entire area that needs painted; plus the height. If the building is more than one floor than scaffolds will need to be used. If it’s higher than three stories then suspended scaffolds will be used. The next step will be to scrape any peeling or chipping paint from the surface of the building or buildings. After that, then the building gets washed with detergent to remove all dust and grease. It will then get rinsed with a power washer. After the building dries, then cracks; dents and dings are repaired with putty. The rough spots are then sanded to blend into the walls; then rinsed to remove any dust from the repaired area. Next they are allowed to dry. Then, the door and windows are taped over so paint doesn’t mark them. Finally a primer is applied to the building; it’s left to dry and then the paint is applied to complete the project.

Another issue which may need attention is the exterior lighting in the parking lot. Bright lighting with a minimum of glare helps with the safety of the customers and employees of the mall. This is especially true during the holiday season when customers are buying and spending more. By having properly installed pole lighting though, this can help to prevent theft and injury on the premises.

By improving the appearance of the outside of a strip mall with fresh paint and better lighting, it can breathe new life back into a business.