What is a photometric plan and what does it do


A photometric plan is one of the best ways to analyze a lighting solution and light output in a given area before purchasing any type of fixture. Lighting solutions can play a crucial role in ensuring adequate light distribution. Insufficient light distribution can lead to dark corners in the area and cause an accident. If the engineer does not have a photometric plan, he cannot change the plan and get the desired result. If these plans are not implemented at the right time, in your parking lots, inappropriate glowing can occur on the roads, leading to innumerable damage, accidents, violent crime and many other unwanted problems. The success of any project depends on how comprehensively the engineers have worked out every aspect, including the lighting strategy. If your poles, scaffolds, cars, garages and buildings are not designed to match the direction of light on your property, consider what damage and problems this could cause.

Photometric plan helps lighting professionals recommend the number and type of luminaires. This completely eliminates guesswork: if the designed layout doesn’t work, you can always design and revise another modified layout. These plans also help in establishing solidarity on lighting decisions prior to purchasing fixtures. This is one of the easiest ways to get rid of unpleasant changes that need to be made on the ground. A photometric plan will always help your clients see the light they will receive prior to installation.

One of the biggest advantages of photometric plans is the use of sports facilities such as ice hockey rinks or tennis courts. There are many sports arenas that close just because the owners cannot afford the low cost. This will really hit your finances hard. The best way out is to create a photometric plan and see which plan would be ideal for creating an economical and energy-efficient solution. Sports facilities are one of the most common places where photometric plans are required.

They can really help ineffective analysis of light levels on individual courts, treadmills, and full-size stadiums. One can really get a meaningful view of the illumination level of the entire area. Similarly, it is very important for parking lots, you need to strictly adhere to the minimum, maximum, and average illumination levels. This can reduce security concerns and eliminate potential liabilities with some additional planning. It would be impossible to guess which lighting technology will offer the best light for specific projects.

How to make a photometric plan?

Lighting Designer will use special software to recreate your job site in 3D CAD format. Once your property is converted to 3D digital format, the designer will install lighting fixtures to achieve the lighting targets required by the decision maker or city.

Each fixture that has a data point will require you to approve the city’s lighting ordinance. Our lighting designers have years of experience allowing them to specify the correct fixtures for approval upon first submission. These calculations include:

Average light in each zone of calculation.

Individual light rating at each point.

The ratio of the minimum and maximum light points in your project.

What does a photometric plan do?

A complete photometric plan exists to accomplish various tasks; some of them are listed below.

Observe local lighting regulations

Cities require you to adhere to their lighting standards in order to achieve uniform lighting throughout the neighborhood. Photometric research will ensure that the LED lighting layout meets the requirements of your construction department, and will also provide you with documentation when your project is checked by inspectors.

Allow decision-makers to visualize lighting before construction begins

Many owners have plans when converting their property to a new LED lighting scheme. A lighting designer will be able to make sure that a photometric mock-up checks all of your fields before starting construction.

Create a clear roadmap for your contractors

The lack of a lighting scheme will confuse your electricians. Property managers can save thousands of additional labor by planning ahead for the lighting implementation.

Provide an even distribution of lighting throughout the Jobsite

Even lighting levels reduce eye strain from hotspots in your lighting plan. You don’t need parking with low visual comfort and bright lights. This is why any lighting project must have the right lighting plan.

The Photometric Viewer tool will allow you to see the photometric values it produces. However, without a photometric plan, you will not be able to finally understand how the instrument works with the instruments next to it.

Observe acceptable standards for minor offenses

Lighting behind the line of your lot will result in a fine from local authorities. We have had many horror stories of commercial property owners installing lights and eventually lighting up the main street and surrounding lots. They end up with huge, recurring penalties that only photometric light studies can solve.

Prevent future legal problems from poorly lit public spaces

The photometric plan serves as a reference for any legal issues arising within your property. These include  accidental falls, and protection from any accusation that your property was not properly lit.

Specify the correct light fixture

All projects have different requirements. However, to achieve these requirements, the ideal luminaire must be selected from thousands of lighting fixtures. Your lighting designer will understand.

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