How to apply LED lighting and create the right first impression for forecourts, canopy and petrol stations.
Forecourts and petrol stations are not just for motor vehicles, they are for people. They are for the person who may be traveling on a long journey and needs a rest, the person who needs to refuel their body along with their vehicle or someone who may just have forgotten the milk from the weekly shop and wants the convenience of popping in. 03:00am can often feel like a strange and vulnerable time to be standing stationary or making payments in the open space of a forecourt.
Forecourts, who are often operating 24/7, can use the right lighting to offer a welcoming and safe environment for visitors. The ideal lighting scheme strikes a harmonious balance between performance, energy efficiency and a bright welcome. First impressions count and a positive impression can be the deciding factor in whether to stop and shop or keep going for something better.
A forecourts kerb-side appeal creates a quality perception of the goods and services offered in-store. Good forecourt lighting not only helps to attract customers but it helps the forecourt employees recognise people, vehicles and possible criminal or dangerous activity from within the safety of the store. Good lighting is there for the benefit and security of all users, customers and staff. For further recommendations and guidelines, please refer to the European Standard EN 12464-2: Outdoor workplaces.
Questions to consider when choosing the right luminaire for forecourts include:
- Will the luminaire provide good uniformity and visibility in the key areas such as the entrance and exit routes, details at the pump, air pressure and water checking points, payment window and potential hazards such as columns or pedestrians?
- How much does converting to LED save you in lifetime ownership and maintenance costs?
- Converting to LED can increase your green credentials. Could you make even greater energy savings with the addition of daylight, presence, movement sensors and controls? Installing a PIR can help to make up to 90% savings.
- Can you create a scheme which gives the right impression for your company? Does the lighting temperature or colour options complement your brand design?