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MyLEDLightingGuide's LED Pole Lights are designed for parking lots, street lights and pole-mounted solutions. Fixtures and retrofit kits are available and designed to save up to 75% on your energy bill.  Available to ship today!

Pole lights are found in a variety of places such as parking lots, parking garages, service stations, and many more. Our outdoor LED pole lights offer quality illumination in these types of applications along with major savings in energy consumption and more. We offer lights to replace 250W to 2000W HID, new and retrofit solutions.

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LED Pole Top Lights - The Definitive Guide

Outdoor lighting is essential for safety. At the end of the day, once the sun goes down, outdoor lights start working to keep life moving. However, it takes massive amounts of energy to run the 100+ million outdoor lights in the U.S. Currently, outdoor lighting consumes over $10 billion in electricity costs annually. To put it in perspective, this massive amount of electricity can power at least 6 million U.S. homes each year.

By the World Bank’s estimates, over 5 billion people will dwell in cities by the year 2050. This is at least 60% of the world's population. The International Energy Agency also estimates that by 2030, the demand placed on lighting will be 80% higher than in 2005.

The Need for Energy Efficient LED Pole Lights

Outdoor lights, which include pole top lights, support the growth of world economies. They are responsible for increased economic activity at night as they illuminate areas of business – such as entertainment spots and restaurants. Some industrial activities are also carried out at night. It would be difficult for employees to move from the safety of their homes to these workplaces at night without adequate outdoor lighting. 

Studies show that adequate outdoor lighting can cut down crime by 20%. The lights can also reduce traffic accidents by at least 35%. The challenge you have, if you own a facility with a number of pole top lights outdoors, is the provision of adequate lighting, affordably. 

The planet is under a lot of duress from massive amounts of carbon dioxide that trap heat and are adversely affecting the climate. Since a lot of the electricity powering pole top lights is sourced from coal-burning power plants, it is an environmental pollutant.

While your facility cannot do without these lights, you can use more environmentally-friendly sources of light instead. Advances in lighting technology have brought about the LED pole top light that gives better light than traditional HID pole top lights. A LED light will also light up an outdoor space for 75% less energy than older bulbs.

The Shift to the Energy-Efficient Pole Top Lights

Most facility owners are shifting from old and inefficient metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps to LED lights. Why have LEDs become so popular? They cut down the lighting's carbon footprint and lighting costs as well.

The U.S. Department of Energy has done a lot of studies and work to validate the effectiveness of LED lights. Thanks to these efforts, the Presidential Challenge for Advanced Outdoor Lighting has assisted in the upgrading of over 1.5 million pole top lights to LED pole top lights.

Through the resultant Better Buildings Initiative program, 1.4 quadrillion BTUs of energy have been saved since its inception. This amounts to $8.5 billion in savings and a reduction of 80 million tons in carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. The 360 partners in the Better Buildings Challenge have reported savings of 470 trillion BTUs as per the initiatives' 2019 progress report.

LED Pole Top Fixture Adoption

According to a Solid-State Lighting Program study – by the U.S. Department of Energy – the adoption of LED lighting technology increased by 12.6% from 2014 to 2016. The number of solid-state lights in use in that period quadrupled to 874 million units. The study also showed that LED lights in outdoor locations had increased by 29.7% in that time span compared to the 12.3% increase witnessed in indoor applications. 

This uptake of LED lights saved the users an approximate 469 trillion BTUs annually, which is equivalent to $4.7 billion. The U.S. DOE estimates that if the penetration of LED lights top tier products approaches the 100% mark, 2,454 trillion BTUs of energy will be saved each year.

Additionally, if these lighting fixtures have integrated light controls, they will further save another 1,974 trillion BTUs of energy, rounding the total figure to 4,428 trillion BTUs.  This would save at least $44 billion each year in lighting costs.

Therefore, there is no valid reason to wait any longer to adopt LED pole top lights for your facility. While their initial costs may be steep, their return on investment is high. You will have lower bills to deal with, and your lighting maintenance costs will be cut down drastically due to the lights’ prolonged lifespan.

What’s more, you will be playing a huge role in environmental conservation. These directional light sources are so well designed that they only send their light where it is required the most. Because of this, they inhibit the light pollution issue that is so common with outdoor lights.

LED pole top light retrofit kits will save you at least 30% as they are lower priced than new lights. They are perfect if your older fixtures are functional and require no significant fixes.

Using LED Outdoor Lights to Curb Blue Light-Induced Sleep Disorders

In 2016, the American Medical Association warned that the increased adoption of outdoor LED lighting was negatively affecting human health and nighttime driving as well. The intense bright lights used then had very high blue frequencies, causing glare at night. 

As facilities switched to LED lighting, most of the owners decided to utilize intense white light for the daylight quality it brought at night. Buildings with such bright lights, that were located next to residential spaces, became a hazard, affecting the sleep patterns of the residents.

According to the AMA, the bright white lights suppress the production of melatonin, which causes sleeplessness. The lack of rest at night may eventually lead to decreased daytime productivity. The light also affects flora and fauna, causing ecological havoc. The medical association recommends that light fixtures should not only be shielded, but that they should have a reduced blue spectrum.

A light's color is described in correlated color temperature – expressed in Kelvin. Older HPS pole top lights, for instance, have warm CCTs of 2000K. Metal halide bulbs have a CCT range of 2000K to 3000K. The LED pole top lights that cause nighttime light pollution have high CCTs of above 4000K, meaning that they have less warm color tones and higher cool color tones.

The AMA advocated for LED lights used in the outdoors, near places of residence, to have a CCT of 3000K to lower the effects of blue light on human sleep. The Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium has, however, stated that CCT is not the only factor that affects the human circadian rhythm.

The MSSLC advocates that light fixtures should have the right lighting design, luminaire output, and light distribution. When these factors are balanced, the effect of high CCT light on the human sleep patterns at night can be reduced.

To also tackle the problem, LED lighting professionals recommend light temperature control. Some LED lights have a wide range of tunable color temperatures and their light color can be adjusted on demand. The warmer light colors can be turned on late at night to match the night environment and the weather. 

The blue light can be used earlier in the evenings when pedestrian and driver activity are at their peak, to aid in visibility. Researchers have also found out that LED lights do not have to be at their brightest to produce adequate light. On the contrary, they can produce sufficient light at medium brightness.

Less brightness decreases light pollution, saves more energy, and improves visibility. Some facilities usually install light controls in conjunction with LED pole top lights. These controls dim the lights during late night hours, prolonging their useful life and saving energy.

Using LED Outdoor Light to Reduce Light Pollution

A National Geographic article cites an event in 1994, where a citywide power outage brought on by an earthquake caused panic amongst the city dwellers. The residents without electric lighting were reportedly startled by a mysterious cloud in the sky, calling emergency centers to report on it. The cloud turned out to be the Milky Way band, whose view had been obscured by overly bright outdoor lights.

The International Dark-Sky Association is particularly passionate about the loss of humanity's access to the beautiful night sky. It has foretold of worse losses in the future as the world slowly becomes one colossal city. The association says that light pollution can take different forms, such as excessive brightness, glare, light trespass, stray light, clutter, confusing groups of bright light, or sky glow.

The association also says that 99% of continental Europe and the U.S. have some form of light pollution. At least 80% of North American dwellers cannot view the Milky Way, thanks to light pollution. The effects of light pollution are on the increase, rising by 2% each year.

Regulatory agencies, conservation groups, and cities are beginning to pay attention. The misuse of LED outdoor lights for over-illumination is being discouraged. The association advocates for dimmed, warm, and shielded LED outdoor lights to save energy and curb light pollution.

It also says that LED lights will save the planet by ultimately reining in pollution, which is wreaking havoc on animal and plant life – killing birds, turtles, marine invertebrates, corals, insects, plants, fish, and adversely affecting primates.

Other Benefits of Pole Top LED Lights

Safety

  • Besides making the outdoors safer at night, LED lights also prevent nighttime car accidents in and around your parking lot. The lights make it much easier for drivers to perceive danger by increasing visibility.
  • The National Safety Council says that nighttime driving is at least three times more dangerous than daytime driving.
  • This is particularly the case for pedestrians because, according to data, fatalities involving people on foot occur more at night. With the adequate light produced by LED pole top lights, your pathways, parking lots, and other outdoor spaces will be less of a hazard for your clients and employees.
  • Because adequate lighting has been proven to make people feel safer, it does enhance nighttime economic activity. Restaurants and shopping malls will stay open for longer because customers will feel safer walking into the facilities at night.
  • As they age, your LED pole top lights will gradually dim. These lights are comprised of multiple LED chips, meaning that if a few of these fail, the rest will still produce light. But HID bulbs go through a process known as cycling, flickering on and off before burning out entirely. Once this happens, your outdoor space will be totally dark and very unsafe. With LED lights, you will never have unlit areas in your parking lot.
  • HPS bulbs, which make up a large quantity of older pole top lights, produce monochromatic light. The color distortion is very difficult for the human eye to deal with, because colors take on an unnatural appearance. The color rendering indexes of these lights are very low: between 20 and 25. LED pole top lights have high color rendering indexes – 80 and above – and display colors the same way as the sun on a bright cloudless day. They greatly enhance visibility and make an outdoor space more attractive to the users.

Performance

  • A typical HPS bulb can last about 24,000 hours. Metal halide pole top lights have shorter life expectancies, ranging between 6,000 and 14,000 hours. LED lights can last for more than 50,000 hours, which translates to years of use. Facility owners with large numbers of HID pole top lights have to shell out a lot of money on maintenance due to bulb replacement costs and the need to hire experts regularly to do the relamping.
  • More and more high-pressure sodium pole top light fixtures are being retrofitted with energy-efficient LED lights that have lower life-cycle costs. The familiar orange-yellow glow is being replaced with bright, focused white light.
  • HID pole top lights tend to focus most of their light at the base of the poles. They give the parking lots and pathways they are supposed to light up dark spots. LED lights do not create shadows and dark spots because of their uniform, direct light.
  • All HID pole top light bulbs have toxic mercury in them that makes their disposal process complex. Most LED lights are recyclable and have a long lamp life. They do not contain toxic elements, so they will not be a disposal hazard.
  • A typical HPS bulb can last about 24,000 hours. Metal halide pole top lights have shorter life expectancies, ranging between 6,000 and 14,000 hours. LED lights can last for more than 50,000 hours, which translates to years of use. Facility owners with large numbers of HID pole top lights have to shell out a lot of money on maintenance due to bulb replacement costs and the need to hire experts regularly to do the relamping.
  • A LED light produces very minute amounts of infrared energy. HID lights, on the contrary, generate a lot of heat that is lost to the surroundings, making hot spaces even hotter. This dramatic energy loss greatly contributes to a HID bulb's inefficiency. Light fixtures are meant to produce light and not heat, if they do, more of them have to be used to sufficiently illuminate a space.
  • The LED pole top light is a very efficient light, and its wall-plug efficacy can be as high as 120 lumens per watt. It also excels in performance because it does not lose its light due to its directional nature of illumination. HID bulbs have many system inefficiencies that make them less efficient lights.

Cost Effective

  • These light fixtures also have ballasts that at times fail and need replacement. All these costs can quickly add up, seriously affecting a company’s bottom line. However, LED pole top lights can cut down these costs by 100% since they can light up an outdoor space for more than a decade before they need to be replaced.
  • All HID pole top light bulbs have toxic mercury in them that makes their disposal process complex. Most LED lights are recyclable and have a long lamp life. They do not contain toxic elements, so they will not be a disposal hazard.
  • LED lights work well in areas that have extreme temperature variations, unlike HID bulbs. A LED pole top light, for instance, functions optimally at -40 degree Celsius. LEDs also turn on instantly despite the weather, unlike HID bulbs that require extensive warm up and restrike times. LED bulbs can also tolerate high temperatures of 100 Degrees Celsius, unlike HID bulbs.
  • As HID pole top lights get to the end of their life, they tend to shift color or flicker. LED pole top lights do not flicker, and their light remains steady throughout. They also do not change color as they age as HID bulbs.
  • The light output of LED lights can be dimmed up to 0.5%. Their light output can be lowered through the modulation of the pulse duration or by reducing their forward current. This makes them very ideal for light control integration.
    With high intensity discharge pole top lights, you have to use magnetic or electric ballasts to enable dimming. And even then, the light's characteristics could be affected. For older bulbs, attempts at dimming can also cause the bulbs to fail. The continuous dimming of high pressure sodium bulbs can permanently alter the light output from 100% down to 30%.
  • A LED pole top light will emit light in a 180-degree direction. The light will only target the desired area, which makes it a very efficient outdoor light. This attribute also helps reduce light pollution. HID bulbs, on the other hand, emit light in 360 degrees – in all directions. Because of this, they need reflectors that refocus the light to the target areas. If extra measures are not taken, the lights will waste energy and still produce inadequate light. They will also cause a lot of light pollution due to the stray light they emit.

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Our outdoor LED pole lights reduce the power consumption of 50% (all the way up to 75%). This is by far the #1 reason companies are converting to LED in their post lights, not including all of the other benefits LED offer.

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