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Shop for LED Shoebox fixtures, replace 100W - 1500W HID - Replace or retrofit HID easily. Factory Direct Pricing and Free Shipping available.  LED Shoebox Fixtures  replace Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium lights in parking lots and public areas. Our LED shoebox lighting solutions are DLC Qualified for utility rebate eligibility.

Shoe box lighting is an effective way to illuminate large parking areas with ease. Fixture placement, along with optics, can lead to a widespread scope of powerful lighting. With our collection of LED shoe box light fixtures, you'll find the perfect way to light parking lots of any size!  Ask us for a free photometric evaluation. 

LED Shoebox Fixtures

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Shoebox lights provide an effective way to light up a large area with ease. Use of shoebox lights are important where bright light is vital. They light dim spaces and enable surveillance cameras to capture everything with ease.

If you've been using traditional lighting like HID lamps, this is the perfect time to upgrade. Make the switch to energy-efficient LED shoebox lights. These lights will save you a lot of money. They cut energy bills while improving aesthetics of outdoor spaces at the same time.

LED shoebox lights combine classic design with versatility. These lights are versatile and can fit into existing lighting fixtures. This allows you to upgrade your lighting. They come in a myriad of wattages which range from 50 watts to 480 watts. LED shoebox lights can give off more than 60,000 lumens. They can replace up to 2000-watt HID shoebox lights – as well as those with low wattages. This is how efficient LED shoebox lights have become.

Where are led shoebox lights used?

These lights are in general areas like:
- parking lots, street lighting, building entrances
- universities, car dealerships, public parks
- roadways, walkways, sports venues

Finding the best shoebox lights is not always easy. So we have taken time to put together this article. It will give you all the information you need to choose the right shoebox lights.

Let’s get started.

LED Diodes

Why are LED Shoebox Lights Superior?

Better Lumen Intensity

The modernization of lighting sources has created a considerable improvement in energy efficiency. Thanks to the innovative technologies in the lighting, products are now efficient. Energy consumption has also gone down.

Let's take a little time to explain how LEDs have better lumen intensity than HID lamps.

HID Bulbs

Initial Lumens

The truth of the matter is that all light sources fade over time. What happens is that light intensity diminishes. At some point the light becomes unusable, although the light doesn't stop functioning. When a lighting fixture's installed and turned on, its luminosity is highest at that point. This is called initial lumens.

Lumen Maintenance and L50, L70, and, L90 Rating

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..

L70 Lumen Depreciation

LED ratings L50, L70, and L90 calculate the lifespan of a LED bulb's circuit board in hourly increments. Lighting experts estimate the amount of light the LED diodes produce when they diffuse 50% (L50), 70% (L70) or 90% (L90). The L70 rating indicates where LED products lose 30% of their initial lumen intensity.

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%.

Stating that a luminaire has a 50,000-hour lumen maintenance means a decrease in light intensity after 50,000 hours. This does not mean you have to replace the light because it stopped functioning.

Delivered Lumens

The term delivered lumens, or absolute lumens, describes luminous flux produced by a light when factoring in optical loss. Traditional lights such as HID lamps, measure the light intensity of the lamps. The optical loss is not included in the calculation. Delivered lumens is important since HID don't deliver the same amount of lumens they produce.

But when it comes to LEDs, the story is different. When LED luminaires are being tested, they factor in optical loss. So, in the case of LEDs, we actually refer to the delivered lumens when we talk about their light intensity.

When comparing the light output of a HID lamp with that of a LED lamp, we need to look at a variety of factors. These include the lights lifespan, the optical loss factor and lumen maintenance.

LED lamps have better light intensity compared to the luminous flux of HID lamps. Measuring the luminous flux of a light source helps us to know its efficiency. This way, we can choose the one with a higher number of delivered lumens – which is always LED.

Lumens Efficiency

Luminous efficacy tells us how much electricity a light bulb will save. It defines how many lumens the bulb produces for each watt of electricity it draws. In case you come across some bulbs with no luminous efficacy, you can calculate it.

To calculate luminous efficacy, divide lumens by the watts of electricity. Look for LED light fixtures with a higher luminous efficacy (those that produce more lumens per watt).

Lumens Per Watt

Things to Consider When Buying LED Shoebox Lights

Car Lot Lights

Color Temperature

As you install your new LED shoebox lights, the first thing people will become aware of is the color of the light. When it comes to LED lighting, color temperature is one of the most important specs you to look at.

Color Temperature Guide

LED lights in outdoor applications usually have a color temperature between 4000K - 5500K.

Sunlight color temperature at noon is 5600K. It varies based on the time of day and weather conditions. If you want daylight (bluish white light), get light fixtures at 5000K or above. These temperatures are the closest to daylight.

Mounting Styles for LED Shoebox Lights

There are many mounting styles for LED shoebox lights. The most popular are straight arm mounts, slip fitter mounts, and trunnion mounts.

The mounts are usually designed according to the lighting poles you intend to use. The good news, if you're installing new poles along with new lights, they'll have the mount types you'll need. Let’s talk a little about each of these popular mounting types for LED shoebox lights.

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 LED Shoebox fixtures, make sure the mounting patterns match. They should, but its always worth the extra effort to check.

Straigh Arm Mount

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.

Slip Fitter Mount

Trunnion Mounts

These are versatile mounts and fit at the bottom of the LED shoebox lights. 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.

Trunnion Mount

Outdoor Shoebox Light Distribution

LED shoebox fixtures can accommodate the five common light distribution patterns. Each pattern's design meets a specific need. The most common patterns are Type 3 and Type 5.

Street Light Distribution


  • Type 3 Distribution: for roadway, large streets, highway and general parking lot areas. Provides a wider oval with less forward throw than Type 5.
  • Type 5 Distribution: for general outdoor parking and area lighting applications. This pattern is almost perfectly round.
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We use software to model your area, so we can show you how the lights perform before you buy. This way you can choose the right lumens and optics to get the best results for your area.

Type Distributions

Benefits of LED Shoebox Lights

LED Shoebox Lights in a Parking Lot

Better Lighting Performance


Lighting performance is a vital and overlooked component. A big factor in deciding whether to switch to LED or stick to traditional light sources. One thing you must ask yourself is whether your current system lighting up your space.


People must always feel safe and secure as they walk or drive around the area. Metal halide lamps produce "bright spots" underneath them. The level of light decreases as the distance from the lighting poles increases.


LED shoebox light fixtures, in contrast, can distribute even light. The light's uniform distribution allows the light between fixtures to be even. and they look bright. In this way, LEDs do away with the "bright spot" problem.


What does this mean for you?


It means that when you convert to LED technology, you'll have an even foot candle distribution. Along with the uniform distribution, LED lights come in a range of color temperatures. This gives you a variety of options to enhance the visual perception of brightness. Choose a color temperature between 4000K and 5500K.

There's another reason why LED lights offer better lighting performance. Typically people speak of conventional HID light sources in watts. 400W Metal Halide, for example. This is now how you should discuss LED. You need to think of lumens delivered. Lumens measure the exact amount of light delivered to a specific surface. However, not all LEDs produce lumens the same. Some are much more efficient than others. Comparing 2 150W LED fixtures, delivered lumens may be drastically different. If one fixture is 130 lumens/watt, and the other is 180, delivered lumens would be 19,500 vs. 27,000. A difference of 7,500 lumens.

LED light fixtures have a more direct stream of light. The optics can direct light accurately to the target areas. They are able to fulfill lighting needs in entrances, walkways, or car dealerships.


They Work With Motion Sensors and Can Dim


Outdoor Lighting Controls

Another great thing about LED shoebox lights is they can dim up to 100%. This means you can turn off or dim each fixture in the absence of human activity. 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!)

High-quality LED shoebox lights can keep 70% of their initial light output after 50,000-100,000 hours of use. This is much more than the lifetime of HID lamps. This means you will need fewer light fixtures over time. And fewer maintenance cycles.

Able To Work Well In Very Low Temperatures


LED shoebox lights are not affected by extreme temperatures like traditional lamps. They can work well in cold environments. As a matter of fact, they perform better when temperatures are low. Most LEDs have the ability to work in temperatures as high as 135°F and in below freezing temps (-22°F). This feature makes LED shoebox lights perfect for use in a myriad of environments. Traditional lighting needs to add specific features to work well in extreme environments.


Besides performing well, LED shoeboxes last longer in cold together with lighting sensors. That way they switch on and off as needed.



They Reduce Energy and Maintenance Costs



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. Even more when lighting controls are added.

Maitenance 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.


Consider a LED Shoebox Retrofit Option

Are your shoebox lights in good condition?

Then consider one of our shoebox retrofits.

These kits can replace anything from 100 to 1000 watt HID shoebox. It's an easy to install shoebox retrofit unit, and its easy as a bulb and ballast replacement.

Our Ultra High Efficiency Retrofit Solutions are all DLC Premium Listed. This can translate into larger rebates for you. Retrofitting your shoebox lights is simple and easy. Its no more difficult than a bulb and ballast replacement.

And MyLEDLightingGuide shoebox retrofits are backed with a 10 year warranty.

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