Stepping Beyond the Home
Whether it is shopping malls, office complexes, parks, hotel lawns, runways, or car parking lots, architectural area lighting are ideal for use in these areas for illumination purposes. When there is a need for illuminating a vast area such as the university campus or boulevards, architectural area lighting generally comes in use. They have a long pole standing about 30 to 40 feet high and hold an ornamented lighting fixture at the end of it. Architectural area lighting is designed in such a way so that they can shed light on the objects immediately below it as well as at a far away place. These lights come with a highly powerful reflector. These reflectors can be square or round shaped and is made to eliminate the chance of producing any stray light, thus saving on energy.
Earlier gas lights came to be replaced with the sodium vapor lamps. But the sodium vapor lamps used to create a mist inside the lighting fixture. Therefore, the modern lighting fixtures came in use. These are fluorescent lights, which are also energy efficient. Solar architectural area lighting uses solar power as its source of energy and hence is cost effective in nature.
As the name suggests, architectural area lighting involves the touch of architecture in its making. Therefore, these lights have considerably evolved from being simple gas lights to beautifully ornate ones. The poles of the architectural area lighting stand independently on the streets and one will also find wall mounted architectural area lightings. The poles of the lights are made to stand adverse weather conditions and these are water, rust and corrosion resistant. In addition to their durability, the poles are also made visually appealing. Along with contemporary, chic designs, architectural area lightings are also available in various classy and traditional designs.
Apart from unquestionable contribution in lighting up large areas, street and highways, architectural area lightings do have some drawbacks as well. The lights posted along the city streets and along the highways are usually very bright and the resulting glare causes eye-stress and visual fatigue for long-distance drivers at night. Stray voltage is also another factor that poses the risk of electrocution. Electrified Cover Safeguard Technology is used to reduce this risk. Unless the poles of the architectural area lightings are fixed properly, they can also pose a risk of being uprooted by a heavy storm. Nostalgia series of Union Metal offers a large and unique range of old and new world lighting fixtures with latest state-of-the-art technology.