LED Outdoor Area Light Fixtures
Shop for a wide range of LED Pole Top, Area Lights and Outdoor Area Lighting. We can do a free photometric evaluation for you so there is no guess work before you buy.
Our LED Area Lights replace 100W to 1000W Metal Halide in parking lots and other public areas. Many of our LED Pole Top Lighting Solutions are rebate eligible.
LED Area Lighting and Fixtures
Modern outdoor lighting systems have to work harder than their older counterparts. Today, lighting specifications make the difference between high-quality light fixtures and mediocre ones. Evaluating outdoor lights shows how they decrease energy, enhance safety and illuminate spaces.
* LED Area lights design brightens large spaces, car dealerships and parking lots. This is because they have the ability to produce powerful and uniform light for up to 100,000 hours.
* LED lights have been adopted in many applications, replacing old inefficient lighting systems. This is due to their energy-efficiency, long life expectancy, and cost-effectiveness.
* LED pole lights are used for outdoor area lighting due to their high light output. These lights are usually mounted on round or square poles. Mounts include slip fitter mounts, trunnion mounts, or straight arm mounts. They come with 5 different light distribution types: Type I, Type II, Type III, Type IV and Type V.
* We know that picking the best area lights can be a bit difficult, especially with so many options to choose from. This article will shed more light on the factors to consider when choosing LED area lights. We will list their benefits and the different types of lights available.
* LED area lights are more efficient than HID area lights. They have the ability to illuminate spaces even in rainy or humid weather conditions. This feature makes them the best choice for outdoor lighting.
The Different Types of LED Area Lights
Rugged LED area light fixtures show up in private or public open spaces. Some are pole mounted, between 10 ft to 100 ft high to illuminate large open areas. Some are wall mounted, like Wall Packs and Flood lights. Parking lots use shoeboxes and cobra heads.
High mast light's used in areas requiring light for security and safety purposes. Shipping ports, transportation terminals, airports and highways all use Area High Mast Lights. High mast area lights are usually mounted on tall lighting poles.
On average, the light poles are between 80 and 120 feet tall. The light poles usually have 4, 6, or 8 lighting fixtures. In some cases, the poles can have 10 or 16 lights mounted. Illuminating large areas is a job high mast lights do very well, which is why they are such great LED area lights.
Traditional high mast lights utilized high-pressure sodium bulbs and metal halides. They had very high maintenance costs due to their short lifespan. These lights also take a lot of time to cool down and to warm up, utilizing a lot of electricity in the process. This is why LED Area high mast lights were well received as a replacement for HID Lights
Shoebox light fixtures provide a wide scope of light that is effective and powerful. The lights are essential in parking lots. They light up dark parking areas and provide security lighting.
If you’re still using high-intensity discharge lamps, the time for change is now. With shoebox lights, you can save a lot by cutting down on energy bills and lighting maintenance.
Shoebox lights have a classic design and are versatile. The lights come in different wattage which range from 50 watts to 1000 watts. LED used in shoebox lights easily replace 250W, 400W, 750W and 1000W HID shoebox lights.
This is another type of LED area light. Flood lights are broad-beamed and high-intensity lights that light up outdoor spaces. You'll find flood are lights mounted on walls, roofs or poles.
They provide excellent security lighting. The design and beam patterns allows for broad or narrow light dispersion. Business use them mounted on poles and walls to light up their outdoor spaces. Coupled with motion sensors, led flood lights provide powerful beam of quality light.
Flood lighting's used to light building facades and other architectural features. In this case, tight focused beams work best.
Wall packs are also known as wall mounted lights. They're used in illuminating walkways, office complexes, parking lots, building perimeters, and landscapes. The lights provide security lighting mounted to the exterior walls of buildings.
You can find Wall Pack Area lights outdoors. Different styles of wall pack area lights exist for different functions. Flood styles broadcast light outward and down to flood the area near the light. Full Cutoff direct the light downwards only. Semi cutoff limits outward throw.
LED Pole top areas lights are energy efficient alternatives to HID area lights. They are fixtures mounted on top of poles. and street lights for parks, pathways and pole lamps.
LED pole top fixtures mounted on top of poles direct all the light downwards. Most have a Type III, Type IV or Type V distribution that lights up the area around the pole. Pole top lights are found on pathways, pedestrian corridors and parking lot lights.
Choose from different color temperatures like 3000K, 4000K or 5000K. LED pole top area lights are low maintenance. They have better light quality than traditional HID pole top lamps.
Dusk to dawn LED area lights save more energy by turning the fixture on sunset and off at sunrise. The automatic on and off function reduces maintenance costs improves the fixture lifespan.
LED dusk to dawn fixtures have a built-in photocell to activate the light and turn it off.
LED dusk to dawn lights when combined with a motion sensor are also used for outdoor security lights. They save even more energy by dimming when no one is around.
LED Area Lighting: Factors to Consider
When it comes to lighting, what determines how much money you will save is the efficiency of the lights. We can’t talk about lighting efficiency without talking about luminous efficacy. It tells us how many lumens the bulbs produce for every watt of energy they pull. LEDs have the highest luminous efficacy of all lighting systems.
LED area lights use 20-30% of the electricity traditional light sources. High-quality LED lamps are capable of lasting up to 100,000 hours if they operate for 12 hours each day. This means they can produce powerful light for more than 20 years. If efficiency is your topmost concern, LED lights are the way to go.
Incorrect installation of light fixtures can make a lighting system fail to work. Most LED lights are easy to install and retrofit units take even less time to install. These lights come with instructions explaining the installation process, making the task seamless.
Light pollution refers to excessive illumination of the night sky by artificial light. It is further categorized into 4 parts: light trespass, glare, sky glow, and light clutter.
Light trespass happens when light falls on places where it’s not needed. Glare is excessive light that causes visual discomfort. When there’s too much glare, it affects proper vision.
When artificial light escapes upwards, it causes light pollution called sky glow. If light pollution is an issue, we can assist you in choosing the proper fixture.
Some of the LEDs on the market can dim. The main component associated with dimming is the driver. Ensure your fixture's equipped with a 0-10V LED driver if you need dimming.
LEDs do not burn out like conventional lamps. Since they consist of individual diodes. The diodes produce less light over time or individual diodes stop working. LEDs retain 70% of their light output for a very long time. The rated life of LED lights is always indicated in the specifications.
Research shows human eyes aren't capable of detecting gradual loss of light. It’s only until a bulb loses about 30% of its lumens that our eyes are able to detect light loss.
Manufacturers use the L70 Rating to indicate the time it will take for the bulbs to lose 30% of their lumens. As we said, LED lights retain 70% of their initial lumens for a long time. So, if a LED light has a rated life of 100,000 hours, it will produce 70% of the initial lumens for 100,000 hours.
Lumens refer to brightness or amount of light a bulb or fixture produces. This is a vital aspect to consider when getting LED area lights. You will be able to avoid getting lights that are too dim or too bright for your application.
When you place two light bulbs side by side, the lumens will tell you which bulb is brighter among the two. The higher the lumen count, the brighter the light will be.
So, how do you know the lumens that you need? So many factors come into play, but our expertise shows you need less LED lumens to replace HID lumens. We have fixtures producing 18,000 lumens replacing 40,000 lumens HID fixtures. We can assist you with this decision.
It’s very important that you consider the color temperature of the fixture. Color temperature doesn’t measure the heat a light source emits. It measures the color of the light produced. On the lower end of the scale, there’s the warm "yellow" lights, around 2700-3000K. In the mid range, the day white lights at 4000K. A whiter light at 5000K-5500K is a good replacement for metal halide.
To help you understand color temperature better, let’s talk a little about the sun. Low color temperatures produce light which the sun produces at sunset or sunrise. High color temperatures produce light which the sun produces at daytime.
CRI is a measurement of light that ranges from 1 to 100. It rates a bulb’s ability to reveal the real hues of the objects it illuminates. The higher the CRI of a light source, the more realistic it will make colors appear. Color rendering is a measurement of the quality of light.
The sun has a perfect CRI: 100. Most LED light bulbs have a CRI between 80 and 90 and have very good color rendering ability. Those that have a CRI of 90 and above have excellent color rendering ability. Car dealerships would best be served with a high CRI light.
LED area lights illuminate parking lots, school campuses, airports, and other large open spaces. With that said, every application has its unique lighting requirements.
You should consider your specific needs to choose lights that will be appropriate. For instance, if you need to illuminate a parking lot, you can use LED shoebox lights. If you need to illuminate a very large area you can use either LED Area Lighting floods or high masts.
While there are other non-LED options, none offers the benefits that LED area lights offer. With their long lifespan, 50,000 hours +, LED's do away with the high costs related to light maintenance.
High-pressure sodium bulbs have an average lifespan of 20,000 hours. Metal halides last for approximately 12,000 to 20,000 hours. But the useful life of these lighting systems is shorter than total life. Most malfunction long before they get to the end of life, driving up maintenance costs.
LED lights also have low maintenance costs due to their heavy-duty construction. They help you to save a lot of money you would have spent on replacement bulbs and labor.
Reducing commercial area lighting costs becomes a reality with LED area flood lights. With energy savings up to 75%, you can reduce a tremendous amount of energy consumption. Also save with longer lifespans, reduced maintenance costs, and even rebates.
MyLEDLightingGuide Pro Tip
it is crucial to ensure that the LED area lights you choose are waterproof. They should have the right IP Rating and UL Rating for Wet Locations.
LED Area Lights - The Takeaway
You can reduce your electric bill and lighting maintenance costs with LED area lights. They are certainly more efficient and economical than high-intensity discharge lamps. These lights are capable of providing security night lighting.