Station Lighting Requirements & Standards
That’s right! Many may not be aware but
there are a plethora of rules and regulations regarding lighting up a gas
station. There are bound to be more as several states in the USA are
implementing strategies to help increase energy efficiency. Energy Commissions
are busy working on standards that will support a growing infrastructure as
well as increase environmental awareness and energy efficiency.
Lighting requirements for gas stations,
convenience store aprons and under freestanding canopies are established to
ensure activities that take place in these areas are done safely.
Unfortunately, the majority of these types of establishments are at
substantially lower levels than IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of
North America) recommends.
A few basic rules that gas stations should
follow to ensure a safe user experience while also conserving energy are :
Best brightness level
Adequate lighting for safety and visibility
Financing Gas Station Lighting
Fortunately, there are several energy retrofit savings programs available to financially assist businesses to adhere
to these standards. We are proud to say that Bulb Daddy Lighting Experts are
affiliated directly with NV Energy to assist with these programs and have
affordable options available.
Making the switch to LED is a worthwhile
investment both financially and professionally. Research has shown an energy
savings of up to 80 percent with an average high of 65 percent. Not only do LED
provide the most energy efficient solution possible with todays technology but
it also provides your customers with an overall better experience.
Specific lights used to illuminate a gas station
Canopy lights are primarily used to light up
a gas station. Canopy light were designed specifically for areas like these
with a lower profile, efficient and easy install. Pole lights have also been
used, however this is an older generation lighting technique and most gas
stations are quickly moving forward with the new canopy technology.
In comparison, the canopy light is primarily
used on the underside of a “canopy”, or ceiling held by pillars which covers
the entirety of the gas station pumps. Canopy LED lights distribute adequate
lighting throughout the entire pumping area. This provides both visibility and
safety for customers, most especially at night.
The LEDCAN7048 is an LED, 150 watt canopy,
which has been perfectly crafted for gas stations by our distributor, KLS. It’s
sleek, low profile design was designed specifically for canopy areas.
Why is proper lighting important for gas station
Having a properly lit gas station business
has several benefits.
Safety and Visibility. With this naturally follows a more satisfied buying experience. A well
lit gas station, especially at night, is a crime deterrent. This can quite
literally be the reason a customer will choose to patron one business over
another. Studies show that areas that supply security in ways of cameras and
adequate lighting lower the potential for criminal activity.
Lower Overhead Costs. It no secret. LED lighting latest technology is the way of the future
for energy efficiency. Businesses that have made the switch to LED have seen up
to an eighty percent decrease in their monthly energy bill. LED’s are
environmentally friendly do not contain mercury, thus they are safer for your
clientele as well.
Professionalism. A well-lit gas station sells itself. Fuel
signs, back lits, overhead canopy lighting as well as interior convenience
store lights make a bid difference in the way customers perceive a business.
Overall, better lighting equals to better viewing.