outdoor / parking lot lighting
For anyone who is in control, manages, or even owns a facility that has a parking lot for either employees, customers and clients, or both; you know that security and protection of everyone is paramount. With outdated, inefficient, and low quality outdoor area lighting and fixtures in your commercial parking lot, you are not only putting your visitors at risk but also your bottom line. That's right!
Parking lot lights are a huge consumer of energy, especially when you have inefficient fixtures like Metal Halide (MH) or High Pressure Sodium (HPS) installed. This page is going to cover the main benefits that include these two points along with some others. Hopefully it will shine light on LED and put it on top of your list to look out for when it comes time to updating your commercial parking lot lighting system.
1. Reduction in Lighting Energy Usage
Depending on the time of year, you could have your parking lot fixtures on upwards of 12 hours everyday. When it comes to lighting, especially high wattage and lumen output fixtures that parking lots require; this can prove to be a large expense for your company.
We believe our lot fixtures and retrofits offer one of the highest lumen per watt ratios out there on the market today. By converting to LED from MH or HPS, you can realize a reduction in energy costs just from your parking lot alone by up to and even more than 75%.
2. Protect Your Property, People, and Assets
The property you do business out of, the people who work for you and your customers, and the assets in which keep your very business up and living. All of these things are highly important to any business. Without protecting all three of these things; no business could exist. That is why by installing better illuminating lights, you allow for a reduction in potential crime by making the area more visible to both people and cameras. Think about this...
Would you rather walk through a dark parking lot that has been know to have a few reports of malicious activity? Or, would you rather walk through a brightly lit lot that will prevent people from hiding in the darkness as well as allow security cameras to capture faces more clearly.
Light is a major crime deterrence, and if your business has (or even hasn't) been effected by crime in the past, you probably want to look into your lighting fixtures brightness levels your lot is at right now and see if that may be an area of concern for your company.
3. Create Greater Eye Appeal and Professionalism While Reducing Costs
What will customers, clients, or even business contacts think when they come to you retail location, office, or warehouse and see dim, flickering, and / or buzzing lights as soon as they pull up? Probably not the best first impression you could ever give. Check out this picture as a prime example of the quality LED products can bring to your car parking lot.
The image list could go on, but the gist is this: LED has and will always improve your facility's lot. Just look at the images yourself for the proof!
By choosing LED parking lot products for your facility, you are choosing higher quality along with higher efficiency products. LEDs offer a better Color Rendering Index rating versus other technologies. This allows your company to look more professional and look much more appealing from a distance and up close. On top of this, LED bulbs and fixtures never buzz nor flicker even near the end of their life. On the other hand, technologies like metal halide and HPS do, so if you are experiencing a similar issue you probably have one of these two outdated technologies.
Another great point that will tie into the next benefit on this list is that LEDs experience slower and less lumen depreciation than other light sources. This allows you to not overcompensate your lighting setup just to offset the depreciating lumens your fixture outputs.
4. Longer Life Span = Lower Maintenance Costs = Higher Bottom Line
Another benefit of LEDs is it's much longer life span. While a metal halide or HPS light source might last 15 to 20 thousand hours; a LED can last upwards of 50 thousand hours. Talk about long life span for a light! This can provide two cost saving benefits in it of itself:
Longer life span = less buying of new bulbs to replace the old when they burn out
Less maintenance fees: replacing lights on top of poles can get pricey; especially when you have many of them in your parking lot.
These benefits of longer life spanned LEDs are obvious, and yet they are often overlooked and could be saving you money. Yet another topic we've talked about before is about lumen depreciation. Metal halide and HPS experience greater and quicker depreciation in lumen output than any LED product does. So while a brand new and freshly installed metal halide fixture may look the same as an LED to start off its life; give it a few years and watch the difference. LED is almost guaranteed to be brighter for longer.
5. Rebates, Rebates, Rebates!
While you need to be careful which LED products you purchase and from where you buy them from; commercial LEDs are just as open to rebates as any other.
Something called DesignLights Consortium (DLC for short) qualifies products and lists them on their site if they pass vigorous tests set by them. They offer two types of listing: DLC standard and premium. As you can probably tell; premium just means that it's even that much more quality than standard.
We recommend you only buy products that are DLC qualified and stay far away from those that are not. Not only are non-DLC qualified products not eligible for commercial rebates but they also prove to be lesser of quality.
Our energy efficient turn key lighting retrofit process:
Free energy audit
Application submission to your Hydro Utility Company for OPA rebate incentives
ESA Inspection and OPA rebate post inspection.
5 years warranty service