Photometric plans play a crucial role, especially in commercial or large spaces that need lighting. For instance, it allows lighting designers and architects to determine if space has adequate lighting. At the same time, it confirms the uniformness, intensity, and brightness of light in the room. More importantly, it allows for planning and understanding the costs associated with electrical design. 

But, how can a photometric study help you save money? Well, that’s one of the issues we’ll look at in this article. First, here’s what you should know about a photometric plan/ study! 

What’s a photometric study? 

A photometric study isn’t just a kind of design or lighting in a lighting project. Instead, it refers to the actual study of light and how it’s illuminated from a lighting fixture into the surrounding areas. Generally speaking, it’s a simulation of light and it’s very important for individuals dealing with lighting design and light fixtures. 

The concept of photometric study was first introduced in the 1990s to analyze construction sites with software simulations before work commenced. Today, it allows light designers and architects to visualize how a space will look like after the installation of light fixtures. More notably, it allows them to determine the number of lumens needed by a certain area for convenience. 

Typically, a photometric analysis is done on Photometric software using virtual simulations. Afterward, the results are published in a 5-20 PDG pages report, including angles, locations, and accurate charts. Moreover, the report contains a list of foot candles at various locations in the ground and graphical images. 

How a photometric study can help you save money 

Photometric software allows you to design and adjust the lighting analysis of a building. As a result, you can easily determine what works, what doesn’t, and what can be adjusted. That way, the client and lighting designer can make changes through simulations before the construction project begins. 

That said, here are a few ways a photometric plan can help you save money; 

  • Eliminates change orders and mistakes 

A photometric analysis is a great way to visualize how a lighting design will work out before you buy the luminaries. Therefore, you can easily plan before making any orders and implement the best lighting plan. Consequently, the lighting installer on your project will hardly make any mistakes since they’ve got a plan to follow. For that, the installation process will be faster and there will be fewer change orders. More importantly, this will help you avoid major changes that can incur extra expenses. 

  • Helps you get the exact lighting for the facility

A photometric study is particularly beneficial when installing new light fixtures for a space. It allows you to determine how the new installments will look before the project begins. In other words, you’ll be certain how the new light fixtures will illuminate the facility. Therefore, it eliminates guesswork, helping experts and other decision-makers in the project to take the right direction. 

  • Ensures the facility has uniform light distribution 

Another benefit of having a photometric plan is that it eliminates under-lit areas and hot spots in industrial and commercial facilities. Such issues may occur when you’re using a typical lighting retrofit. 

In addition, outdoor photometric analysis of parking lots helps light designed to eliminate light trespass. As a result, the lighting project will be successful since the lights will not spill into the neighboring properties or streets. In some jurisdictions, light trespass can attract hefty charges. For instance, some local lighting codes prohibit light trespassing of even 1 foot-candle. Therefore, getting a lighting analysis done before the project begins is a great idea. 

  • Produces a clear site plan for the lighting contractor 

A photometric analysis helps the commercial lighting contractor you’re working with know the exact location of each lighting fixture. This will result in a successful lighting project since the contractor will install the lighting fixtures where needed. 

Why choose Innodez Design & engineering for your Photometric analysis? 

One major benefit of using a photometric plan for your lighting project is that it will help you to drive costs down considerably. Besides, photometric software will help you determine the amount of lighting needed for each corner of your facility. At the same time, you can increase or reduce the amount of lighting within the 3D model using computer simulations. 

At Innodez Design & Engineering, our lighting engineers will help you plan for your project effectively without increasing the costs. Moreover, we’ll run the photometric analysis for you and give you all the details before you procure lighting fixtures for the project. More importantly, we’ll provide you with various options that you can use to enhance the light conditions of your facility. That way, you can plan ahead of your lighting project, both in terms of time and budget! 

Final Word 

To sum things up, having a photometric analysis for your lighting project will help you save a lot in the long run. Specifically, a photometric assessment plays an important role in reducing the overall costs for your facility. Besides, it will help you determine how much lighting you need for certain areas of your space. Moreover, it’s a great way to determine the best type of fixtures that will meet the light requirements for that space. All these factors will ensure that you save a significant amount of money in the end. 

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