Lighting is a huge contributor to the sustainability of a car park. Not only do we need to ensure our parking areas are safe and provide enhanced visibility at all times, but the lighting installation should utilise intelligent controls that ensure that the required lighting levels are utilised when people are making their way to and from their vehicles and when entering and exiting underground or multi-storey car park from the street

Whether you’re building a new car park or refurbishing an existing car park, our LED lighting solutions have a positive impact on the sustainability credentials of the space. It’s estimated that 67% of car parks are still using fluorescent lamp technology that is soon to be phased out. Energy inefficient fluorescent lamp technology, combined with a lack of intelligent controls is not sustainable and whilst such installations remain in use, the cost of ownership will be higher than necessary, and the car park’s sustainability credentials will be compromised.

Fluorescent light tubes contain mercury, which is damaging to the planet and therefore need to be carefully disposed of via a WEEE licenced waste transfer company at the end of their life. Luminaires like Thorn’s Aquaforce Pro and ForceLED are built for rugged environments such as car parks, and utilise LED technology, avoiding the use of harmful mercury, and can simply and effectively connect to an intelligent lighting control system. This enables the lighting installation to dim down to a low level or even switch off when not needed and immediately dims up or switches on when people are returning to their vehicle.

Safety and security are the obvious considerations when it comes to car park lighting. But at Thorn, we are also able to offer technologies that protect the night time environment. One of Switzerland's leading discounter chain successfully implemented NightTune technology for its open car park at its site in Amriswil, meaning that during the hours of darkness when there are no shoppers or staff present, the colour temperature and level of light output is reduced. Not only has this reduced its energy consumption, but also a reduction in light pollution the quality of environment they provide for neighbouring residents and wildlife.

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