LED Lighting for Prisons and Correctional Facilities
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Prisons, jails and all other types of correctional facilities are faced with high stress, high risk, environments. LED prison lights help improve safety and security throughout a correctional facility, all while reducing your lights' energy costs.
MyLEDLightingGuide offers retrofit solutions for interior vandal proof fixtures - saving you a lot of money over replacement and a whole family of high power outdoor security lighting fixtures.
LED Prison Lights – Correctional Lighting
Over the last four decades, the incarceration rates in the U.S have hit the 500% growth mark. The strain this has placed on correctional institutions' resources is increasing by the day. There is a continued need for cost cutting by correctional facilities, which puts a spotlight on their efficiency.
Currently, the budgetary allocation for running correctional institutions is at an $80 billion high. The federal government pays a paltry 10% of these costs. Over 57% of these costs are paid for by state governments, while local governments foot 33% of the bill.
Correctional institutions have a collective utility bill of over $1.7 billion. Let that sink in – $1.7 billion!
The most significant contributor to this high bill is energy. The costs of heating, cooling and lighting up facilities that are in use 24 hours a day, every single day of the year are massive.
The pressure and costs of operating and maintaining prisons in their thousands are tremendous. But here lies an opportunity to considerably save on expenditure. The colossal scale of such operations can provide excellent opportunities to find solutions that scale down expenses.
Any small step toward sustainability can help state and local governments to save a lot of money. Practices that encourage sustainability will also cushion and protect the environment surrounding these correctional centers.
The Unique Lighting Challenges Posed By Correctional Institutions
The archaic prisons of old known for their brutality and horrible standards of living are long gone. Today, prisoners’ civil liberties have to be upheld. Correctional institutions of today are focused not only on protection, but on deterrence and repatriation.
Unlike with other buildings, where security measures are meant to keep people out, those of correctional institutions are designed to keep people in. The individuals inside these facilities are there against their will. Add this to the fact that these facilities never shut down for the holidays, on weekends, or in winter, and you have a high-maintenance environment.
Incarcerating a large population and protecting them from each other – while preventing them from getting out – can be quite a challenge. The budgetary constraints and overcrowding make it even harder to ensure efficiency. Proper surveillance and well-designed infrastructure can help you to overcome these challenges.
Good Lighting Practices Are Key To Energy Efficiency
High-quality lighting is the foundation on which surveillance runs. Good lighting fixtures can go a long way towards ensuring operational efficiency and safety of correctional institutions. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting accounts for 33 percent of electricity consumed in jails, reformatories and penitentiaries.
This is a huge expenditure for these non-profit making entities. Most correctional facilities are extremely energy-intensive and were built with little to no regard for efficient cooling, heating, and lighting. Most states are now passing laws to reduce this negative impact on the environment and also help prisons to cut down on operational expenses.
Correctional institutions must balance efficiency and intelligent design to keep up with the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). The act discourages inefficient lighting systems and recommends greener, energy-efficient, and long-lasting light bulbs.
Prison lights operate for over 18 hours a day. In this high-abuse environment, the lights may only be switched off for six hours each day, on average. If you decide to use energy efficient bulbs in a small section of a correctional facility exclusively, you can reduce the utility bill by more than 10%. If you adopt energy-efficient lighting in the whole facility, the savings can be tremendous.
Ease of Maintenance is Vital in Reducing Costs and Enhancing Safety and Security
The maintenance and replacement of light fixtures can cause huge logistics hurdles for correctional facilities. HID and fluorescent luminaires can only operate for a little while before re-lamping is required. And while fluorescent luminaries can last up to four years, because of their inefficiency, maintenance schedules can come as often as semi-annually.
During the maintenance process, prisoners may have to be moved from one block to the other. Other prisons may lock up the inmates for long periods while the exercise is going on. This not only increases insecurity when dealing with difficult inmates, it also puts an enormous burden on the facilities’ human resource.
Safety protocols after re-lamping are also quite demanding. All tools used in the exercise have to be inventoried, and the place has to be swept clean upon completion of the activity. The importance of lighting fixtures that require minimum maintenance to solve this hurdle, therefore, cannot be overemphasized. Fewer re-lamping episodes equal fewer opportunities for prisoners to breach security.
Equally important is the fact that prisoners have no incentive to maintain the fixtures in the facility. Poorly designed lighting systems will, therefore, make the facilities more unsafe due to the possibility of vandalism.
Let us look at some of the LED prison lights that are ideal for correctional institutions.
Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
High mast lights
- Area lights
- Flood lights
- Wall pack lights
- Parking Areas
Indoor Lighting Fixtures
Indoor gym Lighting
- Cell lights
General Area Lighting
LED Prison Lights
Prison courtyards offer prisoners a space to reconnect with each other and nature. A prison garden, for example, can help reduce violence, recidivism rates, and improve mental health.
But outdoor spaces pose a unique security challenge to correctional facilities. The hardened perimeter walls have to ensure that prisoners stay inside their designated areas. They also have to stop contraband from the outside world from coming into the facilities.
Given that prison perimeter walls are often lengthy in size, it can be quite a task ensuring that packages do not get thrown in and that prisoners are kept in as well. This is why the security and safety of these spaces are highly dependent on high-quality illumination.
To ensure maximum detection of movement and 24-hour efficiency of operation, the outdoor spaces must be well illuminated from dusk till dawn. All the pathways and walkways need not less than 10 lux to keep light spill in control.
This ensures that obtrusive light does not spill into prisoners’ cells, causing unnecessary discomfort. The outdoor lighting also has to be flexible. The recommended lux levels must always be maintained and in case of a security emergency, the lux levels can be increased. The effect of light on prisoners’ behavior modification is an important lighting design factor for correctional facilities.
The lighting fixtures meant for the outdoor spaces of prisons have to be very efficient. They must limit disturbance to the surrounding locations by controlling glare and sky glow. Correctional facilities are very high-security spaces, and the lighting fixtures must be easy to install and also maintain.
High Mast Lights
High mast lighting is for outdoor areas that need strong safety and security lights. This lighting's found inside prison yards. The light fixtures mount at high points and focus light downward to the ground. High mast lights illuminate large areas, providing a sense of security.
A high mast lighting pole can be as tall as 120 feet. The lights are typically mounted near the top. A single lighting pole can have 4 to 16 lights installed on it, based on the lighting requirements.
Traditional high mast lights utilized metal halide and high-pressure sodium light bulbs. Both high-pressure sodium lights and metal halides have long warm up and cool down times.
Advantages of LED Outdoor High Mast Lights
They are extremely precise and light is directional. Optic options allow for precise distributions.
A high color temperature (5000K) that gives them the ability to reveal the true colors of objects. They help users to carry out tasks without experiencing visual discomfort.
LEDs can last up to 100,000 hours, maintaining 70% of their illumination capacity for a very long time.
Because LEDs are very robust and last so long, they are almost maintenance-free.
Commercial outdoor LED lights easily integrate with intelligent lighting controls. Controls regulate the light intensity, the light output and the lighting duration.
LED Shoebox Lights
Shoebox lights are used in areas that require broad-scope, intensely-bright lights. They pair perfectly with surveillance cameras. LED shoebox lights have many advantages over HID lights. They are energy-efficient and are highly versatile.
LED shoebox lights can directly replace 400W to 1000W HID shoebox lights and produce up to 60,000 lumens.
Shoebox retrofit kits can replace HID bulbs. Traditional HID bulbs are replaced with LED bulbs. LED shoebox fixtures have very little maintenance costs because of their long lifespan.
Advantages of LED Shoebox Lights
LEDs offer optimal light distribution.
You can dim a LED shoebox lights without affecting their lifespan, unlike HID lights. You need to ensure the LED shoebox has a 0-10V dimmable driver.
LED shoebox lights are available in a wide range of color temperatures. They're used to create a unique ambiance outside a commercial space.
These lights are eco-friendly and are a great alternative to conventional lighting. They use less electricity yet produce powerful, high-quality light. This ensures your energy bill stays low.
LED shoebox lights are very tough and rugged.Cold weather does not affect them. Their performance actually gets better in low temperatures. They can also withstand higher temperatures up to 55C.
Outdoor LED Flood Lights
These broad-beamed, high-intensity lights are perfect for security and parking lot lighting. They can provide focused beams or wide beam patterns to flood an area.
There are two types of floodlights: directional and area floodlights. These two differ by their capability to regulate their light's distribution and intensity.
Directional flood lights are used in façade lighting and architectural wall washing. They boost the visual appeal of architectural or structural features. You'll find Area flood lights in large outdoor areas and parking lots. These are areas that need high-intensity light that is well distributed.
LED outdoor flood lights mounts include trunnion, slip fitters or straight arms. Common shoebox light fixture wattage range between 400W and 1000W. Once you convert to LED, you will lower energy usage by up to 75% – even more if you add lighting controls.
Advantages of LED Outdoor Flood Lights
LEDs have a high CRI which ranges between 70 and 95. Their high CRI mimics daylight, revealing even the slightest variations in colors.
They are well-built and can withstand high-abuse and extreme temperatures and weather conditions.
They're economically beneficial as they reduce energy consumption and are low maintenance.
LED Outdoor Wall Pack Lights
Wall mounted lights that illuminate parking lots, building perimeters and walkways. You will find them installed on vertical surfaces or on walls.
Wall pack lights work as surveillance lights. Look for certifications like DLC Premium Rating, UL Rating and their IP Rating. They are able to withstand harsh weather conditions of any kind.
Wall Packs can be flood or cutoff. Floods distribute lights out, full cutoff distributes lights down.
These LED Commercial Light Fixtures have very low glare values and are impact-resistant. Paired with lighting controls, they can turn on and off at dusk or dawn or on demand.
Advantages of LED Outdoor Wall Pack Lights
They are resistant to vibrations, external impact and extreme weather conditions.
They dramatically reduce operating costs and maintenance costs compared to their HID counterparts.
LED Outdoor Pole Top Lights
These commercial led lighting fixtures mount on top of poles. They light up street-scapes, walkways, pathways, green spaces, campuses, parks, and gathering areas. They are great alternatives to HID pole top lights.
LED outdoor pole top lamps feature type III, type IV or type V light distributions. The lights mount on poles with heights between 7 ft to 20 ft.
You can use them for decorative lighting purposes. You can pick from a wide range of color temperatures, 3000K to 5000K. Their light output and performance is superior to that of traditional pole top lamps.
When photocells installed, they detect ambient light and switch on and off at dusk and dawn. Motion sensors can also save energy by only switching on the lights when there is any activity.
Advantages of LED Outdoor Pole Top Lights
They enhance the aesthetics of a space because of their contemporary designs.
They are perfect for parking lots. The reduce operating and maintenance costs over traditional HID pole top lighting.
They easily pair with lighting controls and can lower energy consumption by up to 90%.
LED Area Lights for Correctional Institutions
Area lights are light fixtures that cast directional light rays from a set boundary, either a circle or a rectangle. These light fixtures are perfect for recreating the light that is normally produced by fluorescent lights or light that is produced by rectangular light fixtures, for instance, light that shines through a window.
One important thing worth noting is that all light fixtures usually emit light from a single point, whereas area lights generate light from an entire area. Led area lights can replace 150W to 2000W HID and fluorescent area lights. They can generate up to 100,000 hours of bright, uniform light for walkways, parking lots, and general areas of prisons.
LED Prison Lights For Common Areas
Correctional facilities hold thousands of prisoners at a time. All the health, dietary, fitness, recreational, religious, education and other needs of these prisoners have to be met. Most of these activities happen in the common areas of correctional facilities.
In gym areas or large areas, consider High Bay Lights to replace Metal Halide or Fluorescent style high bays.
LED Prison Light Fixtures For Cells
Correctional cells are some of the toughest environments in prisons because the inmates are usually unsupervised for most of their in-cell time. For this reason, LED cell lights must be able to endure extreme physical abuse, entry and concealment attempts, as well as repeated tampering.
We can retrofit your existing vandal proof fixtures and convert them over to LED. Our magnetic strip retrofit kits install inside the fixture replacing the fluorescent tube and ballasts. They are offered in 2 ft and 4 ft lengths.
Reasons Why You Should Adopt LED Prison Lights
1. LEDs Are Highly Energy-Efficient
LEDs have proven themselves time and again. They are the most energy-efficient lights on the market today. They also have the longest lifespan of all lighting systems, they last up to 10 times longer than their counterparts. Their quality of light is superior and the light intensity and output can be easily controlled.
Artificial light sources consume a large fraction of all global energy (1/5). Low energy LEDs have been promoted by the European Commission as the answer to the global energy crisis.
2. LEDs Produce Higher Quality Light
The outdoor areas of correctional facilities require high-quality illumination to create a welcoming, safe environment. HPS lamps produce very warm light that decreases visual comfort while metal halides have a low color rendering index and render colors very poorly. In a correctional facility, this could pose a challenge to the surveillance system.
HID bulbs also create a lot of undesirable dark spots (poorly lit areas) in a correctional facility. These badly illuminated areas can be eliminated through the proper usage of LEDs. LEDs disperse light uniformly, getting rid of the dark spots problem that could pose security risks.
3. LEDs Are Directional Light Sources
HID lights emit light in a 360-degree angle. The light is emitted upwards, downwards, and sideways. Reflectors have to be installed in the fixtures to redirect the light back to the ground. A lot of lumens (light) are lost in the reflection process. On the contrary, LEDs are directional and their light can be directed to the exact spot it is required.
4. LEDs Lower Maintenance on Lighting
Since lights in prisons are on from dusk till dawn, your chosen lighting system should be very energy-efficient. Maintenance is also an issue. Lights that need little to no maintenance eliminate the need to hire an electrician to maintain them and save you a lot of money. LEDs solve all these issues with their long life expectancy and sturdy construction.
5. They Pair Excellently with Lighting Controls
LEDs work perfectly with intelligent light control systems that increase or decrease light output when necessary. Motion sensors running on wireless networks can be used to manipulate LED systems.
Through the use of intelligent lighting controls, correctional facilities can save up to 90% on energy costs and maintenance. With proper design, LEDs can also help mitigate the problem of light trespass, because installing LED luminaires that shine their light downwards is possible.
MyLEDLightingGuide Provides Powerful Security Lighting to Prisons
It’s extremely important to ensure the security within a correctional facility. Bright effective lighting is important, whether its outdoor flood lights, yard lights, high masts or wall mounted lights. LED provides instant strike time, so blips in power means your lights are coming back on right away! MyLEDLightingGuide can offer high power LED solutions that can EASILY replace up to 2000W Metal Halide, HPS or HID, with long warranties, long life spans and incredible light output. We have already installed our products in many outdoor areas within the walls of prisons and correctional facilities.
We can easily replace or retrofit
- High Mast Lighting, up to 2000W HID
- Area Lighting, up to 2000W HID
- Flood Lighting, up to 2000W HID
- Wall Pack Lighting, 400W+ HID
- Parking Fixtures: 1000W+ HID
- Indoor Gym Lighting: 1000W+ HID
- Office Lighting with color adjustable Panels: 2X2 and 2X4
Our LED prison lights offer
- Decreased maintenance, and as a result, cut down costs
- Their lifespan exceeds that of conventional bulbs by up to 10 times. Fewer bulb replacements will translate to cost savings
- They have a better color rendering index compared to their HID counterparts
- They are better at light production because they do not convert a lot of energy into heat
- They distribute light better because they are not omnidirectional like HID lights
- They merge perfectly with light control systems, for automatic control of light output and intensity.