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Solve 2 Major Security Flaws in Prisons with LED

Prisons and correctional facilities are full of security threats, it's just common sense. That is why it's a major task and a seemingly forever ongoing one to try everything in the book to reduce threats and increase security for everyone in, near, or even outside the facility. Today we wanted to address how we can solve 2 major security risks prisons are often faced with. Then, at the end we will talk about how exactly you can go about removing this risks by installing a new correctional lighting system and things you should look out for when finding fixtures perfect for your building and budget.

What are these two "major" security risks that could be solved with LED?

Firstly, a LED prison lighting system will reduce indirect stress and irritability in both inmates and staff. Secondly, LEDs within correctional buildings will improve detection of movement, which we all know is crucial.   How you ask? Well, lets talk about each one individually and break it down a bit more than just one sentence. From there, we will talk about how to go about making the conversion over to LED, like we mentioned at the start.

Reduce stress and irritability with LED

Have you ever been around a light that was flickering and or buzzing? It can get annoying, and fast. Imagine living under these conditions, everyday all day; no break other than a few hours when you go outside. Sounds like no fun, and it can lead to some serious stress and irritability issues for both inmates and staff. For obvious reasons, additional stress on inmates will never produce a good outcome for anyone. But, another important point is that this can effect your staff and guards too. It can affect their ability to perform at full capacity, which in combination with highly irritable inmates is not a good mix whatsoever. With LED technology, they will never be susceptible to flickering nor buzzing. Not even near the end of the lights lifespan will they flicker or buzz, unlike other technologies commonly still used in such facilities. Thus, you can avoid any stress or irritability which may be caused from flickering / buzzing lights. 

Improve detection of movement with LED

If you can't tell where everyone is at every second, you've got an issue. This is especially important for outdoors during the time when it is dark out. Sure, some light is better than none; but why jeopardize your operations with a flickering light when you could upgrade to LED and get rid of the issue entirely? As you may or may not know, flickering lights make it harder to not only detect movement, but also identify humans. Think of a strobe light, it's a bit harder to actually make out what is going on entirely. This holds true with a flickering light, even if it isn't as bad as a strobe light is. 

Some extra benefits of an LED system

Here we are going to list a couple of the other major general benefits that LED technology offers over other technologies such as metal halide, HPS, fluorescent, and similar. 

  • LEDs use far less energy. In fact, when you compare an LED to a metal halide or HPS luminaire, you could realize energy reductions by up to 75%. As for converting from fluorescent to LED, you could still realize a reduction by up to about 30% in energy usage associated with your lighting system. This is the main reason why companies and governments of all types are making the switch over to a LED driven lighting system over other those other outdated technologies.
  • They will last a lot longer. Yet again, LED has another major benefit which is it offers a much longer lifespan. How much longer? Well it can vary, especially dependent on which technology you convert from, but we often see a 2-3 and sometimes even 4 time increase in lifespan for those who switch over to LED from those other luminaire technologies we listed previously. This not only reduces the amount of times you need to buy replacement lights, but also the amount of time you need to pay your maintenance team to switch out and maintain your lighting system. Also, do you really want to be replacing lights in your correctional facility more than you need to? Probably not. Avoid it all with LED!

How can you start the conversion over to LED?

There are really only two routes you can take, either retrofit or fully replace. The main difference is simple; if you need entirely new fixtures because they are either outdated or falling apart, then a full replacement makes sense. But, if your fixtures are in good shape and all you want to do is replace the lighting technology within the fixture, an retrofit lighting kit will work perfectly. On top of that, retrofitting is a much cheaper option (typically) then a full replacement is. So, if you don't need to fully replace then stick with retrofit kit LEDs and you will save a lot on your lighting system investment. 

Flaws can always be picked at, especially in such tedious and unpredictable environments like the one we are discussing in this topic. Hopefully for all of the wardens or managers of prisons out there this post has brought to light (get it, light) to the issue of these two major flaws that can "easily" be resolved with an upgrade to a LED prison lighting system. Not only will you get rid of these security flaws, but also realize the benefits that allow you to rationalize the investment in the technology, which will actually pay you back and produce a positive ROI.

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