Ensuring Reliable Operation of Field Lighting
The decision to add or upgrade your field lighting is a big one, with many things to consider. Some of these include cost, energy efficiency and making sure your lights aren't creating disruptive spill or glare for neighbors. One of the biggest considerations is how to ensure your peace of mind, as a facility owner or manager, that your fields will have the high-quality lighting they need, when they need it.
Q: What's the first step we can take to make sure our lighting will be reliable?
A: A good first step is going with a system that's had a proven record of reliable performance. With the emergence of LED, you're seeing newer manufacturers producing LED field light fixtures who don't have the depth of experience in project planning, design and management necessary to ensure a reliable solution. And single, non-system LED fixtures aren't designed with the structural and electrical components—which they'll need to integrate with—in mind. So that can lead to compatibility and reliability issues.
A system solution with lighting, structural and electrical designed to work together and factory tested together is going to be much more reliable.
Q: Our fields get a lot of use, and we won't always be able to have staff on-site to turn them on and off. How can we be sure we'll always have light when it's needed and not have to worry about them being left on when the fields aren't in use?
A: This is a key consideration for a lot of parks and recreational facilities. Fortunately, there are high-quality field lighting systems that are supported by advanced technology and an expansive, dedicated team focused solely on monitoring your system and helping you schedule your lights efficiently. You can schedule your lights remotely and turn them on and off with the touch of a smartphone, as well as with an easy-to-use website and a 24-hour call center. So the performance of your system can be monitored 24/7, and in many cases the support team will know if there's an issue with your lights before you do.
Q: If a problem arises with our lights, what's the best way to ensure it's fixed quickly and efficiently, without breaking the bank on maintenance costs?
A: Understand your warranty. It's that simple. The unfortunate truth is that some manufacturer warranties require you to jump through complicated hoops, don't include on-site servicing, and since their lights rely on different parts from different vendors, it's hard to really know who's covering what.
The good news is there are long-term warranties from manufacturers who cover every single part and every minute of service, with regionally-based technicians who provide on-site support to make sure your system is ready to go. So you don't have to touch your lights, or pay for their maintenance, for up to 25 years. That brings a lot of peace of mind.
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