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Illuminating A Path: Safety & Experience

Updated: May 6, 2021

What do City Planners & Opera House Directors have in common? Their need to create lighting designs that equally offer a path of safety while not sacrificing the experience of their communities & consumers.

Hallway Lighting - Important for both main & subsidiary entries.

Why over-lighting isn't always the solution.

One of the best explorations of this topic comes from The Project for Public Spaces: "In many situations, particularly when people are concerned about security, there is a tendency to over-light a park, plaza, street, or other public space. But in fact, too much lighting can be just as bad as too little lighting.

Parking lot lighting increases its efficiency when powered by solar, by decreasing installation time & cost.

The key to developing a good plan is to relate lighting to the evening functions of a particular space, because in the larger view, street lighting is more than just a technical requirement, a security need, or a design element. It can be thought of and utilized in terms of how the type, placement, and wattage affect how a street is perceived and used."

So what's all this talk about lighting & safety in cities have to do with the Opera? Like most theaters, keeping focus on the main event is vital to the user experience -- making lighting in pathways that are vital for safety & regulations extra tricky. This is where LPS excels! Our creative solutions & leading relationships with international manufacturers give us exclusive opportunities into customizable solutions that are as aesthetic as they are affordable.

We share some of the same exploratory questions as PPS. Beginning your own pathway lighting design? Start here:

  • Why is lighting important?

  • What are the ways to use lighting?

  • How much lighting is enough?

  • How far apart should lights be spaced?

  • Are there other situational variables to consider?

  • Are there secondary functions for light poles?


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