Creating the best lighting distributions for outdoor lighting is key to providing security and safety for those who will be using the space. Adequate lighting in an outdoor setting is necessary not only for the safety of those who use your building but also for the protection of your property.


Lighting distribution refers to the pattern and direction a lighting source is expected to disperse. Although it is possible to anticipate a lighting pattern, this pattern can vary depending on factors in its environment. At LKPB in Minnesota, we can help design a lighting distribution pattern for maximum efficiency in your building.


Lighting Distribution Considerations

There are a number of lighting considerations to take into account when designing your lighting distribution. They include:


●        Beam spread

●        Light levels

●        Lighting color

●        Lighting of faces and objects

●        Uniformity

●        Highlights

●        Brightness

●        Glare

●        Maintenance


Understanding Your Distribution Needs

When designing lighting in a space, it is important to consider one’s budgetary allowance for a project. This must be considered in terms of distribution needs. The physical dimensions and geometry of a space are integral to designing adequate lighting distribution. Distribution type is a way of describing how far the light’s output reaches in a space.


There are five main types of outdoor lighting distribution:


1.      Type I - A wide, symmetrical light that works well for fixtures placed in the middle of walkways. The light distributes horizontally in opposite directions.

2.      Type II - This is meant to be placed at the edge of a sidewalk or walkway. It work well for wide paths and alleys.

3.      Type III - This works well for parking areas, roadways, and lawns.

4.      Type IV - These are also known as asymmetric of forward throw lighting. They work well for the exterior of buildings and the perimeters of parking areas.

5.      Type V - These provide even light distribution for large spaces where evenly distributed lighting is required.


LED Lighting is a Solution

Unlike many light sources, LED lighting is omnidirectional but can be angled in any direction. LED light can also reach its full brightness in any temperature or weather. LED lighting is also far more efficient than other lighting options. Most commercial outdoor LED lighting uses one-third to one-half the energy of an equivalent fluorescent light fixture. The energy savings from using LED lighting can be significant.


Higher Efficiency and Bigger Savings

LED lighting offers better lighting distribution than other types of lighting. This allows for fewer dark spaces on the property. It is much easier to light corners and tricky shadowy areas with LED lighting. The lights also last dramatically longer than other types of lighting, making maintenance easier and saving money.


Minnesota Lighting Distribution Experts

When it comes to designing the most efficient lighting distribution for your building, we can help. Our mechanical engineering experts are LEED engineers with renewable energy consulting expertise. We can conduct a building energy audit and design ways for your building to increase its efficiency with our building modeling services.


Give us a call to maximize your efficiency today. For more information, call us at 612-540-5000, or you can message us on our contact page.