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Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon on August 31, 2023

Institutional Vandal Resistant Lighting: High Abuse Fixtures

For institutions and public spaces, the persistent threat of vandalism dims the promise of safety and functionality in lighting systems.

As vandalism's adversary, FES Lighting's vandal resistant lighting offers a fortified solution against intentional damage. From prolonged durability and heightened security to reduced costs and energy efficiency, our lighting transforms the way institutions combat disruption.

But what are its features and how do you know if it's the right solution for you?

Let's take a look...

So, What is a Vandal Resistant Light?

A vandal resistant light, also known as a "high abuse light", is a robust light fixture designed to stand up to high levels of abuse without compromising on functionality. This means it can withstand harsh weather conditions, deliberate damage, and even accidental knocks and bumps.

This high-abuse lighting is kind of a marvel of modern engineering, constructed using high-grade materials like polycarbonate or thick tempered glass, which are renowned for their strength and toughness. 

But it doesn't stop there! Specialized coatings are often applied to its surface to make these devices even more resistant to damage, ensuring they stand up to the toughest conditions.

The Benefits of Vandal Resistant Lighting Explored

Vandal-proof lighting is more than just durable fixtures. It offers a myriad of advantages that extends beyond the sturdy construction you'd expect.

Check out the various benefits that this essential lighting solution provides:

1. The LED Efficiency Advantage

LEDs are renowned for their exceptional energy efficiency, outshining traditional lighting options like incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.

They have the remarkable ability to convert a greater percentage of energy into visible light while generating significantly less heat.

Ultimately, this efficiency translates to direct savings on energy consumption, which, for institutions operating on a substantial scale, can amount to a considerable reduction in energy bills over time.

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2. Vandal Resistant Lighting for Enhanced Safety

In addition to providing a reliable light source, it's designed to withstand heavy impacts without breaking, thereby reducing the risk of injury from shattered glass or damaged components.

And it isn't just suitable for areas where you'd expect vandalism... for instance, let's take a baseball game—an accidental hit won't shatter a vandal proof light, keeping players and onlookers safe from potential harm.

3. Increased Security

Vandal resistant light fixtures' robust design and construction make it difficult for individuals to tamper with or damage these lights intentionally in order to conceal their actions.

Consequently, this leads to increased security in complex environments, such as public parks, transit stations, and even residential areas.

street vandal resistant lighting

4. A Durable and Long-Term Solution

Vandal resistant exterior LED lighting systems are built to last. It's that simple!

Made with impact resistant materials, like solid aluminum, they're built to withstand harsh conditions, accidental knocks, and intentional damage.

Everything from the screw-free polycarbonate lenses to the heavy-duty casing is designed to resist damage and properly secure the light in place.

This longevity translates into fewer replacements over time, saving you money in the long run.

5. Cost-Effective to Maintain

Once installed, tamper proof light fixtures require less frequent maintenance and repairs compared to standard lights.

This feature makes them a cost-effective choice for places prone to high-impact activities or vandalism, such as schools, parks or on the canopy of public transport stations.

6. The Versatility of Vandal Resistant Lights

Vandal-resistant lights are remarkably versatile, seamlessly adaptable to a spectrum of settings, with their strength & performance levels extending across indoor and outdoor environments, from commercial and residential spaces to public areas.

These luminaires embody adaptability, ensuring the benefits of enhanced durability, security, and energy efficiency resonate wherever they are deployed.

Whether safeguarding a school corridor, enhancing the aesthetics of a city plaza, or fortifying a healthcare facility, vandal-resistant lights emerge as a steadfast solution that thrives across a myriad of spaces—more on this coming up!

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Ideal Lighting Applications for Vandal-Proof Lighting

We're confident you won't have thought of some of these applications for institutional vandal resistant lighting.

With its robust construction and extended lifespan, it's designed to provide reliable illumination in settings where standard lights may be prone to damage:

1. Public Spaces

Public spaces often see heavy foot traffic and can be targets for vandalism, making them an ideal place for vandal-resistant lighting systems.

Since vandal-resistant lights are remarkably versatile, they're adaptable to a spectrum of settings. Their strength extends across indoor and outdoor environments, from commercial and residential spaces to public areas.

Not only that but these luminaires embody adaptability, ensuring the benefits of enhanced durability, security, and energy efficiency resonate wherever they are deployed:

  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Train/bus/metro stations
  • City plazas
  • Pretty much anywhere!

vandal resistant lights in a park

2. Educational Institutions

Schools, colleges, and universities benefit greatly from high abuse lighting systems due to the high-impact activities that often occur on campus during recess.

From basketball courts to dormitories, this approach to LED lighting for schools can withstand the test of time.

Their ability to weather constant use without compromising performance ensures the longevity demanded by academic settings.

Amid the vibrant energy of learning and play, high abuse lighting remains a steadfast presence that illuminates the path toward safety, sustainability, and uninterrupted education.

3. Commercial and Retail Settings

Commercial and retail spaces, such as shopping malls, offices, and warehouses can also benefit from the durability and longevity of vandal resistant light fixtures.

In these environments, LED commercial lighting systems come in the form of a downlight and ensure consistent visibility even in high-traffic spaces, contributing to security.

4. Healthcare Facilities

Reliable lighting is CRUCIAL in healthcare facilities like hospitals and clinics.

Vandal proof light fixtures not only offer dependable illumination but also stand up to the high-traffic and intense cleaning protocols that are typical in these environments.

These facilities can also benefit from improved behavioral health inpatient lighting, which may reduce disruptive behaviors and provide greater comfort for patients, thereby reducing the risk of self-harm among patients.

5. Correctional Facilities and High-Security Areas

Correctional facilities, police stations, and other high-security locations demand jail cell lighting that cannot be easily tampered with or damaged.

Vandal proof lighting fixtures provide a secure environment especially if combined with motion sensors, so that lights are only activated when required.

Such a combination deters criminal behavior, while providing safe and reliable lighting for staff and inmates.

vandal proof light fixtures in a jail setting

6. Residential Complexes

Vandal-proof lights are crucial in urban residential complexes for enhanced safety and security, offering constant and tamper-resistant illumination in shared spaces.

They're especially perfect for:

7. Vandal Proof Outdoor Lighting for Open Spaces

For outdoor areas vulnerable to both inclement weather and potential vandalism, high-performance vandal-proof lighting stands as a strategic solution.

These dynamic environments (we're talking anything from expansive sports arenas to bustling public swimming pools to vibrant outdoor dining spaces) demand robust lighting that endures the elements while deterring tampering.

By incorporating appropriate lighting in these spaces, you create resilience and a consistent, reliable illumination even amidst challenging conditions.

Future Trends in Vandal Resistant Lights

Tamper resistant lighting has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Initially, they were nothing more than bulbs on a troffer, focusing solely on durability.

With advancements in technology, even more durable materials and energy-efficient technologies are now being used. Nobody would have ever guessed a shift from fluorescent lighting to LEDs!

One particular trend on the horizon is the soaring popularity of smart devices. With these systems becoming more integrated with IoT (internet of things), allowing for remote control and monitoring. 

As sustainability continues to be a key focus, we can also anticipate further manufacturing developments. One good example is the increased application of solar energy systems in vandal proof outdoor lighting, resulting in reduced energy consumption and improved efficiency. 

The short of it is that the future looks bright. Manufacturers continue to innovate, which will lead to a better lighting approach for a wide variety of applications.

With its superior durability, energy efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness, this solution is sure to remain popular globally for many years to come.

Navigating Your Options for Vandal Proof Light Fixtures 

Choosing the right vandal proof lighting products requires careful consideration of several key factors. Durability and energy efficiency are critical, but cost and aesthetics shouldn't be overlooked. 

At FES Lighting, we don't just sell you a product; we walk you through the process, helping you choose an approach that ticks all your boxes without busting your budget.

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Why Trust FES Lighting?

When it comes to tamper resistant lighting, FES Lighting has carved out a niche for itself. Our success lies in our ability to understand your specific needs, and then go the extra mile to provide an answer that's not just tough as nails but also aesthetically pleasing.

We've implemented vandal proof lighting systems in different sizes and styles, across various settings, enhancing security while driving down maintenance costs.

Our brand believes in a tailored approach for our clients. We understand that every institution has unique needs and aesthetic preferences. That's why we offer customization options for our luminaire systems.

Whether you need low glare, high-abuse lighting for an outdoor setting or a sleek modern look indoors, FES Lighting has your back.

We're not just a leading LaaS company in the US; we're passionate about taking on the challenge of crafting bespoke lighting solutions tailored to our client's unique needs.

No matter your situation, we're confident we can provide tailor a package to suit your needs. It all begins with our expert team auditing your site. From there, we'll know if we can provide a brand-new fixture emplacement or if a retrofit is needed.

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Published by Gabriela Anez-Lobon August 31, 2023
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