5 Benefits of Updating Your Parking Lot Lighting System to LED

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With outdated, inefficient, and low quality outdoor area lighting and fixtures in your commercial parking lot, you are not only putting your visitors at risk but also your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 post 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.


Here are those 5 benefits:


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.

For reference, LED systems offer more lumen output per watt, which is all that matters when it comes to getting the most efficient lighting. The reasons behind this is because let’s say you have two different LEDs products, one outputs 135 lumens per watt while the other is at 120 lumens / watt. To power a light that outputs at 18,000 lumens; the 120 lumen per watt fixture will take 150 watts to reach 18,000 total lumens. While the 135 lumen per watt fixture will only require approximately 133 watts to generate same exact amount of light that the other higher watt fixture products.

See the important of lumens per watt? It’s everything, and 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 50%. This can increase your bottom line all while providing the added benefits like those listed in this post. Like number two for example…


2. Protect Your Property, People, and Assets (PPA)

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 (such as LED technology), 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:

Retrofitting a 400w MH to a 105w LED in a Parking Lot

Here’s another project of ours where we retrofitted an existing fixture in a parking lot (before and after):

Parking lot before retrofit installed

Parking lot after retrofit installed

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 (more specifically MyLEDLightingGuide’s) 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. Let’s talk about it more in the next benefit.


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:

  1. Longer life span = less buying of new bulbs to replace the old when they burn out (which costs money)
  2. 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.


On the topic of saving money, how about the final benefit that will make you fall in love with LED technology and what it can do for your business.


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. Think; if a company offers quality lights what’s their reason not to get qualified? There isn’t, and that’s exactly our point.

Thankfully there are many DLC qualified products out their on the market, including ours. You can always take a look around our website to check them all out for your industrial lighting needs.




There you have the 5 major benefits of updating or upgrading to LED parking lot systems. Have any questions? Comment down below of write in to us with your questions or just to say hi!



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  1. I would agree that having LED lighting in the parking lot looks more professional. It seems like to it would be pretty scary leaving an office building in the dark with a light flickering above. I regularly pass by a bus station that has flickering lights in their parking lot. They might consider investing in LED lights to improve the visibility and professional look.

  2. Thanks for contributing your thoughts, Scott. Always welcomed here 🙂

    You should try calling up whomever is in control of that lighting system, it might be worth a shot to help bring awareness (they might not know about the true benefits of LED technology). You never know, even if it seems impossible just give it a go. Worst that will happen? Nothing changes. The best that could happen? 100’s of lights get converted and save either the bus company or the city $1000’s a year.

    Likewise, hope you enjoyed the post. See you around!

  3. I can see the benefits of getting better parking lot lights. Just the fact that it can protect property, people and assets is a huge benefit. I know just how safe parking lot lights can be.

  4. Dennis Sanchez

    I had heard in the past that making sure that parking lot lights were maintained was very important to ensure people’s safety. You mentioned that LED systems offer more lumen output per watt, which is what matters in getting efficient lighting. It would definitely make sense for someone who owns a parking lot to hire a maintenance company that could update the lights to LED, as it could save a lot of money long term.

  5. It makes sense that an LED lighting can be brighter lighting, and a higher quality product. Whenever I go to the grocery store near us, I notice that the lights don’t really shine as bright as they could. It would be nice to be able to see all of the parking lot, and being able to go to my car without it being dark.

  6. I thought the article made a bunch of great points, but I especially liked point number three where it talks about increased professionalism. It states that something as simple as retrofitting your parking systems with LED can create a more professional and appealing look from up close and far away. As a consumer, I personally feel like first impressions matter a lot on my overall feel of a business. I would be much more apt to visit and return to a business that takes even the small details like parking system lighting into consideration when attempting to create a more professional atmosphere.

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