Risks of Poor Commercial Building Parking Lot Lighting

Many people naturally think first about indoor areas when they hear the words “commercial electricity,” and this is understandable – some of the chief areas here are indoors. However, it’s also important for building owners and managers to be aware of certain outdoor areas within this realm, particularly outdoor lighting needs and themes.

At Orange Electric, our commercial electrician services include a comprehensive range of both indoor and outdoor solutions, with lighting a key theme for numerous clients. One particular type of lighting we regularly assist commercial clients with, and which is valuable for several purposes: Parking lot lighting. Quality lighting in your building’s lot protects you from a few major risks, each of which we’ll go over in this primer on why this form of lighting is so important.

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Vehicle Accidents

There are several potential causes of vehicle collisions or related accidents, and poor visibility is definitely among them. Research has shown that crashes, from minor fender-benders to much more significant collisions, are more likely to happen at night in parking lots that do not have adequate lighting than those that do.

And if you’re a building owner or operator, a theme arises here that we’ll go over regularly within this article: Liability. Even if your vehicle itself isn’t involved whatsoever in an accident that takes place on your lot due to poor lighting, there’s a chance your business could be sued and held liable for damages or injuries sustained during these incidents.

Crime Risks

Another behavior that’s much more common in the dark: Crime of various types. Criminals don’t want to be seen or identified easily, whether they’re considering burglarizing vehicles, attempting to rob people leaving the building or even trying to vandalize or burglarize the building itself. There are a mixture of both personal damage risks and liability concerns at play for building owners here, especially if it can be shown later on that there was not adequate lighting in the parking lot to help identify the culprits.

Hazards and Injury

Another risk of a darker parking lot, especially during the Utah winter, is injury and resulting liability. If someone slips and falls on some ice when leaving the office because parking lot lights are out and they can’t see properly, business or building owners could be sued for liability. In addition, having a well-lit property will simply make you look better to prospective clients, while the flip side will look bad.

Professional Assistance

Are you concerned about your commercial building’s parking lot lighting? Speak to our commercial electricians, who are happy to help with these and numerous related themes at your convenience. We’ve assisted tons of clients with ensuring they have robust, efficient lighting for their parking lots to limit liability, crime and other concerns at all times.

For more on any of our commercial lighting or other commercial electrician services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.