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Commercial LED Parking Lot Lighting

Successful parking lot conversions to LED is a combination of using the right amount of lumens and distribution. Distribution can be achieved with using Type 3, 4 and 5 optics. But did you know that Type 3 and 4 are forward throw optics? Do you know how that can make the difference between a successful conversion and one that is full of shadows?

Let us do a free lighting plan on your parking lot. Shop LED Parking Lot Lights. High Power, High Voltage, High Lumens available. A free photometric removes the risk of converting to LED lighting for parking facilities.

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Why choose MyLEDLightingGuide Parking Lot Lights?

4 Parking Lot Fixture Mounting Options

Straight Pole Arm Mounts
Slip Fitters
Trunnion Mounts

Straight Pole Arm Mounts

These mounts are usually installed on existing square poles. Straight arm mounts are rigid and do not allow for light adjustment. If installing new Parking Lot fixtures, make sure the mounting patterns match. They should, but its always worth the extra effort to check.

Slip Fitters

Slip fitter mounts are very easy to install as they usually slide over standard 2 3/8-inch lighting poles. The biggest advantage of slip fitter mounts is that they give you the ability to angle the light inwards. They have adjustable heads. They enable you to move the heads to the position you desire.

Trunnion Mounts

These are versatile mounts and fit at the bottom of the Parking Lot fixture. They borrow their design from the mounts that are generally used on flood lights (yoke mounts). They are the go-to mounts for unique applications.

Pole Top  Mounts

These mounts sit on top of a pole. Different adapters allow for the adoption of several outside diameters.

Replace 250W, 400W and 1000W Metal Halide Parking Lot Fixtures

Replace 150W HID
Replace 250W HID
Replace 400W HID
Replace 1000W HID

LED Parking Lot Fixtures produce from 7200 lumens to 66,000 lumens. We can easily replace 1000W HID consuming 66% less energy. These lumen packages are more than enough to replace traditional style HPS and Metal Halide models. 

We can produce a free photometric evaluation of your outdoor parking space to show you how well our LED lights work, what model is appropriate and what optic provides the best results for you outdoor space.

How many lumens do I need for a parking lot?

Traditional Parking Lot LampLED Parking Light - Lumens (100% directional)
Replace 150 Watt HPS / Metal Halide5,000 lumens
Replace 250 Watt HPS / Metal Halide10,000-12,000 lumens
Replace 400 Watt HPS / Metal Halide15,000-25,000 lumens
Replace 1000 Watt HPS / Metal Halide36,000-55,000 lumens

* LED Lumens Choice

Make sure you understand how many lumens you are going to need to replace your existing lighting. A photometric study will show how a parking lot looks using LED fixtures. This will take the risk out of buying!

Optics Options for Parking Area Lights

Type 2,3,4,5

LED Area Light Distribution

Typically, Type 3 or Type 5 are the most common distribution types. Not sure which one to choose? We can do a lighting photometric design of your parking area.

Type III Area Lighting Distribution

Type III distribution for general roadway lighting applications and parking areas. Its throw is taller than Type II but its side to side throw is shorter. For roadways, the width of the road should not be greater than 2.75 time the mounting height.

Type IV Area Lighting Distribution

Type IV distribution produces a semi-circular light. It's best for illuminating the perimeter of parking areas. Its projects further out front than Type III but its side to side throw is shorter than Type III. For roadways, the width of the road should not be greater than 3.75 times the mounting height.

Type V Area Lighting Distribution

Type V produces circular distribution that has equal light distribution at all positions. This distribution has a circular symmetry of foot candles. It is great for parking areas or flooding large areas of light in front of the fixture. It is one of the most common distribution types available today.

High Voltage LED Parking Lot Fixtures - from 100V to 480V



We offer both standard voltage options of 100V-277V (standard) and high voltage options of 347V-480V (optional). 

Our LED lights are available with at least a 4kVA surge suppression. This keeps your lighting investment safe in unsafe weather conditions.

4000K and 5000K Color Temperatures


We offer color temperature options in both 4000K and 5000K. 5000K is a perfect replacement for Metal Halide. 4000K is also an option for those states requiring a slightly warmer light. Other color temperatures available upon request.

Both offer a significant improvement over high pressure sodium lights, rated at 2200K.


Add Controls to your LED Parking Lot Lights

Motion Sensor
Smart Controls

Another great thing about LED car park lights is they can dim down. This means you can turn off or dim each fixture in the absence of motion. This does not affect the life of the LEDs, other than it will extend it. And a dimmed light uses less electricity, saving you even more on your lighting bill. Think about this. Converting Metal Halide to LED, you might switch from 400 Watts to 120W. At night, if the light dims to 10%, that means the LED is now using 12W. That's a reduction of 388 Watts. (actually the HID lamp consumes 455W with the ballast draw, so you're saving 443W per fixture. That's huge!)

Our LED Outdoor Lights work with both 3 pin and 7 pin Nema socket enabled controls and smart networks.

L70 Light Maintenance - 50,000+ hours

100,000 hours 

Lumen maintenance relates to the lifespan of a light source. LED lights do not burn out like traditional lights. They maintain initial lumens longer. What happens is the light intensity fades gradually, but this usually takes years.

A 70% deterioration in light output is the point at which the human eye notices a decline in the intensity. But, the human eye is only affected when the light intensity of a light source reaches a level of 30%.

Used 12 hours a night, our LED fixtures will provide bright, maintenance free lighting for years.

High Quality LED Light - CRI - 70+ 

70 CRI
80 CRI


One of the specifications you need to pay attention to is CRI (color rendering index). This is a measurement of the quality of light that the fixture is producing. It is a scale between 0 and 100. Sunlight is 100. A general rule is that you need less quantity of light if you have better quality. LED has high CRI making the quality better than most traditional light sources. 

One word of caution. High CRI is not required in traditional shoebox outdoor environments (80+ CRI). It is great for retail environments where true color representation is important. We would not recommend a high CRI solution for an outdoor industrial application. 

* LED Outdoor Light CRI

Typically, anything over 70 is good for general purpose parking areas. For car dealerships, consider a higher CRI, between 80 to 90+. 

Energy and maintenance savings

50-80% savings 

LED lights offer high-quality light and use fewer watts than traditional HID lighting. What this means is that you will have more intense light but your power bill will decrease. Most of the traditional HID shoebox lights use between 250 and 1000 watts. That does not include the additional 15% energy used for ballast draw.

If we compare this to LEDs, which consume 40 to 300 watts – there is a 40% to 60% reduction in energy. Greater savings when lighting controls are added.

Maintenance costs drops to near zero. Most shoebox lights require a lift to replace or maintain. These jobs are not cheap. Installing a LED fixture that can last 10+ years mean huge maintenance savings.

High Efficacy (Lumens Per Watt) LED Parking Fixtures

130 lm/w
150 lm/w
170 lm/w

Luminous efficacy is the true measure of a bulb’s efficiency. It indicates the lumens produced for every watt of electricity consumed. LEDs are more efficient than traditional bulbs with a higher luminous efficacy. High quality LEDs have awesome efficacy ratings. The standard luminous efficacy is upwards of 130 lumens per watt.

To calculate luminous efficacy, divide the number of lumens the lamp generates by the watts of electricity it consumes. LED light fixtures with a higher luminous efficacy  are more efficient than those with a lower luminous efficacy.

We have outdoor parking led fixtures rated between 130 and 170 lumens/watt. We can help you choose the right efficiency.

* LED Efficiency

The higher the efficiency, the bigger the monthly savings. Be careful you understand the lighting efficiency before you buy. Some of our 100W LED Parking Fixtures produce the same amount of light as a competitive 150W LED fixture. That's 50W per fixture savings over the competition!

Paybacks are short with our LED Parking Fixtures

Save Money with LED


But it's dependent on the "1+1+1 rule"

LED payback = Hours of Use + Reduced Use of Electricity + Rebates

Rebates may be the least important of the three. High hours of use and high cost of electricity will dwarf the benefits of a rebate.

Everyone likes a rebate. We have created many proposals where payback was under 1 year even without rebates. Contact us and we can help walk you through the math.


How many lumens do I need for a parking lot?

We have found that a range between 15,000 and 25,000 lumens to replace 400W HID and 40,00 to 55,000 lumens to replace 1000W Metal Halide are the best lumen ranges for parking lot lights. The real answer lies in performing a photometric study for your area, which we provide for free.

What are the best color temperatures to use for LED Parking Lot Lights?

The two most popular is 4000K and 5000K. 5000K is a good replacement for Metal Halide. Many states have rules that only allows for 4000K or lower.

What are the best optics to use in LED Parking Lot Lights?

By far, the most popular are Type 3 and Type 5. If you're unsure which one is best for you, we can run a free photometric to show you which optic and lumen package works best for you. Keep in mind, choosing the correct optic can make a dramatic difference to the end result of your parking lot. Using Type 5 optics in the middle of a parking lot provides great area distribution. Using Type 3 on the edges of a lot ensures the light ends up in the lot and not the area directly behind the light.

What kind of lights are in parking lots?

The most common lights is a shoebox light. Shoebox lights have been a standard parking lot fixture for decades. Before LED, they were powered with Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium bulbs. Since LED, Shoebox Lights have become more stylish, appealing and thinner.

Request a Free Parking Lot Lighting Plan

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Converting from 400W Metal Halide to LED

In this video, our customer shared with us the successful completion of converting 400W Metal Halide fixtures over to our LED Shoebox fixture. We chose and optic that best suited his area and the results speak for themselves. 


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