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LED Lighting For Shopping Malls and Centers

MyLEDLightingGuide LED mall lighting fixtures create a safer environment for visitors, customers, and employees all while saving energy.

Lighting is not one of the things people think about when they visit a mall, but it has a great influence on the general look and feel of the space. If you have ever visited a shop in a mall with low-quality or very intense lighting, chances are that affected what you bought in the mall. Today, we will be looking at how to create a perfect atmosphere in a shopping mall using LED lighting.

Why Should You Install LED Lights in your Shopping or Strip Mall?

Shopping malls are usually designed to offer consumers a great environment where they can purchase everything they need in one convenient location. For shopping to be an enjoyable experience, the right lights must be used. Well-designed lighting plays a vital role in determining what customers buy, how long they stay in the mall, and if they come back.

And while upgrading from traditional lighting fixtures – such as metal halide and fluorescent lamps – seems like a big, costly affair, it is a wise financial decision as LED lights are an investment. The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money as most luminaires can be retrofitted with new LED lamps. LED retrofit units make switching to the technology both cheap and simple.

Retrofitting also means that the payback period will be very short, 1-2 years in most cases. Since LED lights reduce energy consumption by as much as 75% while offering bright, high-quality light, the shopping mall will be better-lit, and the lighting costs will be significantly reduced.

LED lights can also create a cozy environment in a shopping mall. The luminosity and color temperature of LED lighting can be easily adjusted and the lights can even be tweaked to follow the circadian rhythm. This means that during the day, the light can be adjusted to cool, allowing people to see beautiful displays and navigate around the mall. At nighttime, the light can be adjusted to warm, sending a signal to shoppers that it is time to go home and rest.

If you own or manage a shopping mall, you can use smart LED lighting to guide shoppers to all corners of the mall. The lights can encourage shoppers to stay longer and to even buy more stuff.

Lastly, LED Lights in malls offer a great way to attract customers and retain them. They not only create a cozy ambiance indoors, they can make the façade striking and inviting. Many shopping malls now use LED lights in their exteriors.

No question about it LED mall lights offer endless opportunities, you will only be limited by your imagination.

LED Mall Lighting Applications

Mall Parking

Outdoor Parking

Outdoor parking areas are typically full of shoebox or pole top lights. They either contain Metal Halide or HPS bulbs. They consume a lot of energy. Transforming these to LED will not only brighten the parking space, but energy savings of 70% or greater can be achieved. Coupled with photocells and motion sensors, optimized lighting will maximize brightness when its needed with a focus on energy savings


Parking Garage

The main idea behind shopping malls is to make shopping an enjoyable experience and not a stressful one. Since most shopping malls today have large parking garages for their customers, the car parking facilities play a crucial role in the general architectural concept. Proper lighting is comprised of both natural light and artificial light and serves the very important role of guiding drivers to and from the parking facility.

It also ensures that pedestrians – especially those pushing fully-loaded trolleys or accompanied by children – are safe as they walk around the parking space. LED parking garage lighting is ideal for car parking facilities as it enhances visibility and safety and ensures vehicles and people feel safe in the space. 

Walkways and Amenities

Stairs, escalators, passageways, and corridors are the main traffic areas. These important parts found in every shopping mall interconnect the individual levels to the shops. Amenities such as information boards, resting areas, terminals, open spaces, fountains, art exhibitions, skylights, and other features give the shopping complex a unique atmosphere and also make it appealing. All these features need light as it is an integral design element.

To ensure sufficient illumination levels at all times and also keep the energy usage low, daylight can be combined with artificial light. LED mall lights can be used for any lighting purpose – in the resting zones, information booths, food courts, green zones, play areas, and even for general lighting. In a shopping mall, a flexible lighting architecture is key because tenant and seasonal needs keep changing every now and then and spaces are repurposed often.


Warehouse and Storage Areas

Shopping complexes have many things that need to be stored: furniture, merchandise, equipment, and supplies. In these areas, clarity and orderliness are of utmost importance. Employees must be able to find what they need quickly in order to get the job done. Since these areas may not be used most of the time, occupancy sensors can be used to turn on the lights when they detect motion and off when there is no occupancy.

Energy-efficient LED lights must be used and can be combined with natural light when it is available. When LED lights are paired with motion sensors, they provide on-demand lighting for enhanced workplace safety, smooth maneuvering, and easy identification of objects.

Shop fronts

In a shopping complex, shops selling similar products are located next to each other. The two differentiating factors are branding and individuality. Every tenant in a shopping centre has specific design and illumination needs for their shopfront. These include colors, illumination intensity, and incident angles. Shopping mall owners must design their facilities with lighting flexibility in mind.

A shopping mall must have a wide range of luminaires and even lighting management hardware and software so as to accommodate the different needs of stores, shops, service providers, restaurants, department stores, and supermarkets that make up the business community of the complex. LED mall lighting not only offers great performance and lighting flexibility, it drastically cuts down the energy bill.

Mall Parking

LED Lights Used in Shopping Malls and Strip Malls


Lighting accounts for a big portion of a shopping mall’s electricity budget – up to 13%. And while more light is needed indoors than outdoors, outdoor lighting is still essential for keeping energy consumption and energy costs low. The right lighting fixtures can turn a shopping mall into a landmark that people recognize and remember.

Spectacular façade and landscape lighting can create a feeling of excitement, generate intrigue, and express the spirit of the mall. Well-designed lighting in entryways and parking areas guides people safely into the store and makes them feel satisfied when they leave.

These are the different lights used outside a mall.


LED shoebox-lights effectively light up large areas. They produce a wide scope of light, helping create a sense of safety and security in a parking lot. Outdoor lighting in mall parking lots goes a long way toward attracting customers after the sun sets and may lead to higher retail sales.

These very bright and long-lasting LED lights are also perfect for walkways and ensure parking lots are well illuminated and malls attract more customers in the evening hours.

Pole-Top Lights

Commercial Pole Lights are outdoor lights that are usually mounted on poles and used to provide illumination to spaces for vehicle and pedestrian use and safety. The light fixtures are usually mounted vertically on poles with heights between 7 feet and 20 feet. They can also be mounted on columns and pillars and are normally used to illuminate landscapes, parking lots, and walkways.

Wall packs

LED Wall Pack lights are usually installed on building walls, walkways, parking garages and other areas outside commercial buildings. They make great security lights as they perfectly illuminate perimeters and pathways, giving people a greater sense of security. These lights come in a myriad of designs: semi cutoff, full cutoff, up/down, architectural, and adjustable.


Magnetic Strips

LED magnetic-strip lights make perfect replacements for linear lighting fixtures. They replace fluorescent lamps in troffer fixtures and offer higher-quality, long-lasting light. Their installation does not call for any tools as the lights have magnetic backing and can be easily stuck to the interiors of existing lighting fixtures.

LED magnetic-strip lights are easier to install, all the electrician has to do is wire the energy to the driver. The lights offer a complete retrofit solution for fluorescent troffers. And since the installation is quick, there's almost no downtime and business goes on as usual.

LED HID Retrofit-Kits

If you want to enjoy more energy and cost savings, upgrade your lighting system with LED HID retrofit-kits. LEDs consume a fraction of the wattage HID lights consume and offer similar or higher light output. LED HID retrofit-kits conveniently replace high pressure sodium and metal halide bulbs. They offer the benefit of lower utility costs and maintain the look of the existing fixtures.

As with all LEDs, LED HID retrofit-kits offer superior energy efficiency, instant-on functionality, and a high lumen output compared to high intensity discharge lamps and fluorescents. They come in a variety of wattages, color rendering indexes, color temperatures, and use different volts and bases.

High-Power Par Bulbs

PAR (parabolic aluminized reflector) lamps feature a thick glass lens that allows for more specific control of the beam angle. High PAR-power LEDs have more power and brightness than small power LEDs. They provide a better quality of light and are more energy-efficient compared to standard LED lights.

Some of these lights feature high IP ratings and are UL rated for wet locations. They can handle anything Mother Nature throws at them. Our 52-watt and 58-watt high-power LED replacements have a high lumen output thanks to their directional nature. They only use a tiny portion of the power their HID and fluorescent counterparts use.

LED Retail Store Lighting

Indoor Mall Lighting

If you are dealing with a full on and enclosed mall, there are certain aspects you should consider. Since you will be representing the stores in the mall, you need to put them in a good view. This means proper color temperatures and enough overall lumens; all while keeping operating costs down.

A color temperature of around 5500k is near that of sunlight, and it provides the highest contrast on colors, making stores signs and displays pop. This not only is beneficial to the stores, but also puts the mall in a good public view, and keeps people coming back.

An issue other types of lights used in malls (such as metal halide, HPS, or fluorescent), is that they are prone to flicker and/or buzz. This can cause irritation, low quality public views, and can drive recurring people away. With LEDs in your mall & ceiling, this issue is removed entirely and will never happen.

LED Retail Store Lights

Outdoor Mall Lighting

Whether its a strip mall or the parking lot for a mall, the exterior shopping center lighting plays just an equal role in the quality of experience for the mall's visitors. Since its the mall's responsibility to provide an exceptional experience, the exterior mall lights cannot be overlooked.

Commonly, outdoor mall lighting consists of metal halide or HPS lights. These light fixtures give off less than optimal color temperatures, use up 75% more energy than LEDs, and cause a lot in replacement costs. For these reasons, it is exactly why we see more and more shopping malls converting to LED products inside and out.

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