Five Important Reasons to Convert to LED Parking Lot Lights
No matter what type of business you run, own, or manage; if you have a parking lot then the parking lot lights you have, should be something on your mind.
Are you spending too much to run your outdated lot light technology? Are they low quality and pushing away potential clients? The questions could go on and on, and they can seriously be resolved for the most part with LED parking lot lights.
In this post, we are going to cover the 5 most important reasons you should consider converting to LED parking lot lights away from other outdated lighting technologies such as metal halide.
What does a parking lot light qualify as?
Before we can explain why LED is superior to other outdated lighting technologies commonly used in the parking lot (like high-pressure sodium and metal halide), we thought it’d be important to define what we are referring to when talking about parking lot lights. The only reason why we think it is important is so you can better research around the web for the best fixtures for you.
Typically, we refer parking lot lights as “area lighting” for the more official terminology. In addition to that, these area lights typically sit within a shoebox fixture, which in turn is most commonly found in parking lots and even some side streets.
Now, we are going to list the 5 highly important reasons you should consider regarding LED area lights and why they are the #1 choice when it comes to illuminating your commercial lot. Here we go..
1. No more underlit areas. A common issue found in parking lots is underlit areas. This is caused by one of two things: a bad lighting design or outdated lighting technology. A bad lighting design can only be resolved by doing just that, redesigning your lights in your lot. But, for those lots which are fine when new lights are initially installed but slowly become underlit overtime, they are experiencing something known as lumen depreciation.
This is the process in which a light loses its light output throughout its lifetime. With LED, you will avoid this issue as LED technology depreciates at a much slower rate and overall much less.
2. No more flickering or buzzing. Flickering and/or buzzing lights can be a huge turn off as well as a security risk for visitors. It is pretty self-explanatory as for how it might turn off visitors for the simple fact that it is unprofessional and highly unappealing. Secondly, it can produce a safety concern in a couple of ways. Firstly, flickering lights reduce movement detection thus making security efforts harder to keep on top of. Additionally, if you have cameras installed in your lot flickering and underlit areas can make it much more difficult to identify anything in a recording. These are both things to highly consider when deciding what to do with your lot lighting situation.
3. Higher CRI ratings. The Color Rendering Index (CRI for short) is a scale of 0 to 100 that measures the ability to output at different colour renderings for a given fixture. With LED typically able to have a much wider range and higher on the scale, it allows LED to be more versatile and adaptable to any given environment it gets put into.
4. Highly efficient = energy savings (and ROIs). To be able to determine how efficient a light fixture is, you must look at the lumen per watt output. This is the single most important factor when it comes to comparing lights and their efficiencies. In simple terms, the more lumens per watt, the more efficient it is. Think about it, would you rather have two lights that output the same amount of light, but one requires 105 watts to run and the comparable light needs 400 watts to run. That is a huge reduction, especially to output the same amount of light. With that example, you can start to see how LED will easily pay itself back over time.
For comparison, a conversion from a typical metal halide or HPS light to LED will save all the up to 75% in energy usage.
5. Longer lifespan. With LED, you will realise a 2-3 time increase in lifespan vs metal halide lights. This brings two main benefits. For starters, a longer lifespan means you have to buy fewer replacement lights. Secondly, a longer lifespan means you don’t have to spend as much time paying someone to maintain your lighting system. Since parking lot lights are high in the air, it can get pricey to hire someone to change them out. Thus, LED will reduce costs not only by using less energy but also by having a 2-3 time longer lifespan.
Before we end this one, we want to resolve one common point of resistance we find people have when it comes to actually upgrading to LED: the costs.
Yes, LED is more expensive initially. While costs can vary, they are on average higher than other technologies out there on the market. But, you must consider all of the added benefits LED brings, along with the fact that it saves energy and reduces costs in various ways. In fact, LEDs are mostly adopted because of the cost saving benefits which in turn pay back the slightly higher initial cost overtime.
Once you think of LED as an investment, you will realize the benefits and how they will not only save you money overtime but also reduce low quality lighting issues.