LED Gas Station Canopy Lights
Shop for rugged LED gas station lights - designed for harsh outdoor environments, save up to 75% in energy usage & improve customer experience.
MyLEDLightingGuide Canopy Lights and rugged LED gas station lights are designed for harsh outdoor environments, save up to 75% in energy usage & improve customer experience.
Creating a safe and inviting gas station with quality, up-to-date, and efficient LED gas station lights can make all the difference. Our exterior and interior gas station lighting solutions, including canopy lights, improve safety, curb appeal, and reduce costs. All of which will help gas stations bottom line.
LED Outdoor Canopy Fixtures for Gas Stations
LED Gas Station Lights
Gas stations of old had a dull, poorly lit look, a look that has been bypassed by time. Today, gas stations have efficient and high-quality light fixtures that give them a sleek, modern look that draws in customers. Before the advent of LED gas station lights, the most popular mode of lighting was high-pressure sodium lamps.
HPS bulbs bathed every object with an orange-yellowish glow, as a result dulling all objects in the station. HPS bulbs are often associated with low security, because their dull low CRI light makes an area more susceptible to crime, especially at night.
Other gas stations utilized metal halide bulbs which had better light quality but a very short lamp life. Additionally, these lamps have long warm up and restrike times, meaning that they do not produce light on demand. And as they age, their light undergoes a color shift. Metal halide bulbs can also get very hot, because they produce 90% of the energy they pull as heat.
This makes them very inefficient, especially when the additional energy used to power their ballasts is taken into consideration. Gas stations are very energy intensive because they require light each hour of the night to encourage more customer visits.
There are gas stations that have tried fluorescent lights. These lights, however, operate very poorly in gas stations because they are easily affected by extreme temperature fluctuations. Gas stations with fluorescent bulbs, as a result, have had to purchase warm weather and cold weather canopy lights.
Changing out bulbs twice a year is not only a huge expense, it also causes downtimes and the station may cease to operate when the lights are being changed. Storage may also be needed for new delicate light fixtures.
High-quality light in a gas station highly contributes to the facility's bottom line. This is the reason more and more gas stations are replacing old lights with LED gas station lights and retrofit units. They not only help save energy, they also upgrade the station's overall aesthetics.
These days, most gas stations have integrated other profit-making outlets to drive up profits. Some, for instance, have mini-marts where drivers or pedestrians can buy essentials. If these outlets do not have good lighting, they will not offer a welcoming atmosphere and very few customers will approach them.
In order to stay competitive, gas stations must be bright and welcoming. A gas station's lights go beyond providing adequate lighting; they offer customer comfort and help with customer retention.
Major Lighting Problems Gas Stations Face
Poor lighting efficiency because of using traditional bulbs that have low luminous efficacies.
- Increased glare from overhead fluorescent or intense metal halide bulbs. Eye discomfort can also drive away customers.
- Poor light quality and frequent lamp replacements, issues common with conventional HID light sources
Benefits of LED Gas Station Lights
The bright, high-CRI light of LED gas station lights will not only make your establishment stand out from the rest but will also make it more inviting to customers. The chances are very high that a motorist will rather drive into a well-lit gas station rather than visit one with dull, flickering lights.
Since the competition between gas stations has heated up – there’s one in almost every block – customers have a lot of choice. Good first impressions are everything, and LED lights will assist you in making that statement.
Besides attracting customers, LED lighting can also make them feel safer when driving into your establishment. Proper lighting can also reduce the chances of a crime taking place as customers refuel their vehicles or as they use other facilities within the premises.
High-quality light will not only guarantee the safety of your customers but that of your attendants as well. It will also ensure that your property is not vandalized or broken into. A controlled study done in New York City proved that indeed, good lighting can lower night time crime by up to 39%.
If getting your customers to stay longer and enjoy other facilities in your establishment is part of your marketing strategy, then quality lighting can help you to achieve it. As of 2014, there were 152,995 gas stations in the U.S. and over 82.2% of them had convenience stores, so the competition is very stiff.
High-quality LED lights can make your customers want to visit your station's other facilities. If, for instance, you have a well-lit car wash, garage, and convenient store that are illuminated by LED lights, the atmosphere that they will create will be very alluring to your customers. All these efforts will pay off handsomely in the end through increases in profit.
LED gas station lights only produce minimum amounts of infrared energy, meaning that they do not waste the electricity they consume on unwanted by-products like heat. LED lights are also not multi-directional lights like HID lamps.
Traditional HID canopy lights send the light they produce in all directions, meaning that half of the light emitted is lost to the environment. Reflectors can reflect the light back to the areas that need it, but this does not entirely solve the light wastage issue, because a big part of it diffuses to the surroundings. LED lights can save up to 75% of the energy that traditional bulbs consume.
LED lights have a very long lifespan compared to conventional lighting technology. A metal halide lamp can last 6,000 to 15,000 hours before it requires replacement. High-pressure sodium lamps can last up to 24,000 hours. However, LEDs surpass all other lights as they last up to 100,000 hours!
LED gas station lights can last up to a decade and offer bright light throughout, translating to almost zero costs for lighting maintenance on your part. This is a huge saving for gas station owners who have to hire electricians and bucket trucks to replace bulbs on 17’ high canopies.
These high expenses often force many a gas station owner to wait it out until multiple bulbs require replacement – to cut down maintenance costs and the hassle of the process as well. Others replace traditional bulbs before they are dead based on a scheduled maintenance event.
The other noteworthy advantage that LEDs have is that they never burn out like HID bulbs. They will produce 70% less light as they grow old, until it is time to replace them. This means that your gas station will never have shadows or dark spots.
Light Usage Is Controlled When They Are Paired with Light Management Features
When LED lights are coupled with energy management systems, their energy saving prowess is further optimized. These easy-to-use features can be programmed to turn off or on LED gas station lights at dusk and dawn. They can be utilized to regulate the light output, too. Some smart light control systems can produce feedback and status reports to keep you in the know about your establishment's energy use.
With LED canopy lights in place, you can say goodbye to dark spots and shadows in your gas station. LED lights have optics which gather all the light and amplify it towards the target areas for illumination. Because of this, they easily disperse their light to all the areas uniformly.
LED lights will offer high-quality light in every area of your gas station. With a color rendering index of above 80, they display colors just as well as the sun's midday light. This feature, coupled with LED's high color temperatures, make LED canopy lights very capable of illuminating a gas station at night, especially in areas that don’t easily get light.
Most HID lights do not have instant-on capability and require prolonged warm-up and restrike times. LED lights, on the contrary, work instantly and can be put on and off on demand. This feature makes the lights very well suited to dimming. They also have a wide dimming range, unlike fluorescent lamps.
LED lights are made from solid-state materials and they have no fragile bulbs or filaments that can break due to physical impact or vibrations. They can also withstand extreme temperatures better than traditional canopy lights.
In fact, LED lights operate most efficiently in cold conditions. The life expectancy of some LED lights is actually prolonged when they are used in cold applications. Most HID bulbs operate very poorly in very cold or hot conditions, and their already short lamp lives are further shortened.
Unlike traditional bulbs that have toxic mercury in them, LED lights do not. You will, therefore, not have a problem disposing them at the end of their very long life. They are recyclable, too.
Most area zones today are passing bylaws to help curb light pollution that prevents the beautiful night sky from being seen. Gas stations are light pollution culprits and have been known to try to outshine each other in terms of light brightness.
However, the neighborhoods around them pay for these harsh lights dearly. The people have disrupted circadian rhythms that eventually cause stress, sleeplessness, and exhaustion. The unpleasant effects of light pollution go beyond humanity’s sleep cycles and adversely affect other creatures and plant life.
Dark Sky Compliant LED gas station lights can counter this.
The light fixtures are shielded to prevent light trespass. They also have a wide CCT range and can be adjusted to generate warmer light late at night. Warmer light color temperatures are less disruptive to the human circadian rhythm.
Best Practices for LED Gas Station Lights and Retrofit Kits
The BS EN 12464-2 code that outlines how best to illuminate the outdoors is the best guide there is on how to position light fixtures in your gas station's forecourt. Some of the tips this guide gives for LED gas station lights includes:
- Ensure that your gas station’s illuminance at floor level is between 300 to 350 lux.
- In the gas pump area, a minimum of 100 lux is best to ensure quality lighting, especially on the pump's forward-facing side.
- Your gas station will have much vehicular movement in and out of it, and light should be sufficient enough to eliminate dark spots and shadows that could cause an accident. If your forecourt has a low canopy, ensure that large vehicles such HGVs and trailers are not going to block each luminaire's light, causing large dark spots.
- For canopies with a height of 4.5m, a 4-5 meters spacing between luminaries is ideal.
- Use high-quality LED lights to maximize energy savings without compromising light quality, which could encourage feelings of insecurity.
- Use light control features for added energy savings.
LED canopy light retrofit kits have a very wide dimming range, which increases their lifespan as it saves energy. Traditional bulbs do not work with light control features because they take a long time to warm up and restrike. It is also not possible to dim them beyond 50% of their power level without damaging their lighting mechanism.
|Zone of Lighting||Best Lighting||Energy Saving Level|
Main exit and entrance
|30% output||The light should be switched off at dawn. At night, the light levels should be maintained at 30%|
The facility's convenience store exit and entrance
|This zone should have its lights turned off at dawn and turned back on at dusk. The light should be fully lit in terms of output.||The light in this zone should be switched off at dawn. It can be programmed to dim to 30% of its capable lighting level five minutes after motion is detected|
The main area – the fueling area
|The light here should be switched off at dawn. At nighttime, it should be dimmed to 30% of its capable lighting levels, five minutes after motion has been detected.||The light should be switched off at dawn. It should also be dimmed to 30% of its capable output five minutes after a movement has been detected. The light can be switched off after ten minutes if no further motion is detected.|
Water/ air pumps
|The light in this zone should be switched off at dawn. At nighttime, the light output should be dimmed to 30% five minutes after motion has been detected.||The light in this zone should be switched off at dawn. To save energy at nighttime, the light should be dimmed to 30% five minutes after motion has been detected. If there is no further movement, light can be switched off ten minutes later.|
Features to Consider When Purchasing LED Gas Station Lights
Areas that have flammable or hazardous substances are supposed to use specific luminaries. Ensure that your LED canopy lights meet the required standards. Since vehicle fueling areas have high canopies and are not enclosed, they are often exempted from excessive regulations. However, the luminaires in use in the gas station should be vapor tight and hardy, since gas filling areas often experience vibrations from the movement of heavy vehicles.
LED gas station lights should have the right impact rating as per the IK rating system. A light fixture with little or no protection at all has an IK00 rating while the sturdiest of fixtures has an IK10 rating. The importance of a light fixture’s proper IK rating cannot be overemphasized because the refueling area experiences constant vibrations from heavy vehicles as they drive in and out. The LED canopy lights should also be shock resistant. Such light fixtures have a shatterproof polycarbonate lens. Shock resistant LED lights are more resistant to vandalism, and when impacted by physical force, they will not easily break.
Gas stations hold high quantities of gaseous fuels and therefore require lights that have a Class 1 Division 1 rating. This rating implies that the light fixtures are totally sealed, which hinders flammable gas vapors or fumes from seeping into them, resulting in an explosion. There are also explosion proof lights designed with inbuilt flame paths that vent hot gases and pressure to prevent an explosion.
LED gas station lights and retrofit kits for use in parking garages and gas stations should have the right ingress protection or IP rating against the entrance of water or solid particles. These substances may ruin the fixtures if they get inside them. Since these applications are not only wet but dusty, an IP rating of above 66 is necessary.
Advantages of LED Canopy Light Retrofit Kits
- Retrofit kits are also very easy to install, unlike new fixtures that require extensive wiring and tampering of your gas station's canopy
- They decrease wastage by re-purposing fixtures that could end up in landfills
- They increase a gas station's overall asset value. Data shows that for each $1 spent on energy efficiency, asset values increase by $3.