When you're doing a commercial marine construction project, there are countless elements you need to decide upon. That includes lighting. As you choose lighting for your project, keep the following ideas in mind.
To light up your dock, street lamps work beautifully. They come in a huge range of designs, so whether you want to strike a modern note, a Dickensian vibe or something completely unique, you can find lights that do that. They also help to guide foot traffic along the pier because they can outline walkways.
When choosing your design, you should look for street lamps that avoid light pollution. Typically, to accomplish this, you need lights that release the beam of light downward, rather than letting it go into the sky. Even if you're doing your marine construction project right next to a city, you usually have a swathe of unlit sky above the ocean. By choosing the right lights, you can preserve the beauty of this space. You can make it possible for people to see what they're doing on the dock or pier while also looking up and seeing unadulterated night skies full of stars.
In busy areas where you expect constant pedestrian activity, you probably need lights that burn at all hours or at least when the area is open to the public. However, if you're putting in a quay or a jetty for boat parking, that may not have constant foot traffic. To save on energy, you may want to put in motion-activated lights. Then, these areas will stay dark when not in use, but if someone parks their boat or walks down the jetty, the lights will come on for safety.
As a general rule of thumb, LED lights in the street lamps or overhead lights of your dock use less electricity than traditional lights. However, LED lights also offer a lot of flexibility that you can't get with traditional lights. In particular, you may want to put in LED strips. These can line the entire pier, outline buildings or work in a variety of other settings. They add a fun effect to your dock.
When powering your lights, you may want to turn to the sun. Your commercial marine contractor can help you identify the best spots to put solar panels. Or, they may even be able to help you come up with an innovative solution where the planks of your dock double as solar panels to provide power to your development.
There are a lot of possibilities, and to ensure you get the best lighting as well as the other features you need, you should contact commercial marine contractors directly.