Often linked to
outdoor lighting, security lighting is used indoors as well. Lighting for security
or safety does not imply bright lighting. Effective security lighting allows building
occupants to see the faces of visitors at the front door, allows police officers to
see inside a store from the outside, and provides sufficient illumination to deter
potential criminals. Emergency lighting is used to illuminate spaces and guide people
Effective lighting should be an important part of
any security strategy. Lighting cannot prevent disasters or attacks
or guarantee human safety if such events occur. Used wisely, however,
lighting is a valuable tool that can increase security and safety.
Used unwisely, it can waste precious resources and actually
detract from these goals.
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