There are numerous types of lights to choose from, when lighting up a dock at night. Latest lighting trends include the addition of slim-profile LED lamps, which are installed on the side of walkways, and portable light towers for temporary illumination. Due to the limited, narrow space on marine docks, bulky outdoor lamps are not suitable for the area. To cater to space-saving layouts, some locations incorporate tall wharf lights for illumination.
Marine Wharf Lights 101
Wharf lights are unique looking fixtures that are designed to address the rough nature of marine environments. The lamp head is supported by a curved arm that is connected to the pole. Wiring is fed inside this arm (and into the foundational pole structure) for protection against saltwater corrosion.
As mentioned earlier, the head of the fixture is pointed down, towards the target area. Furthermore, it would be possible to install reflectors or covers over the lamp to prevent stray light beams from blinding pedestrians. A cage guard over the lens may also be used to prevent tampering, typically from birds attempting to perch around or on the pole.
Benefits of Wharf Lamps for Marine Docks
Wharf lights are usually mounted on tall structures, allowing more space for movement on the walkway. The pronounced curve of the lamp’s arm ensures light is casted over the target area.
For large docks with space for gatherings, up to four wharf lamps can be installed on a single pole. This further adds to the space-saving benefits of the luminaries, as operators do not have to allocate a pole for every lamp during installation. For marine docks with two walking lanes, two wharf fixtures supported by one pole is common.
Lastly, upgrading wharf lights with LEDs in an effective way to improve the lifespan, energy consumption and overall performance of the units.