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Reduce electricity costs and improve visibility of roadways, parking lots, loading docks and warehouse entrances with this range of LED area lights (aka pole lights). The weather resistance and long lifespan of these outdoor lights make them a reliable replacement for older metal halide lighting while still offering vivid illumination in commercial and industrial environments.

Why choose an LED Area Light or LED Parking Lot Light for security?

LED Parking Lot Lights are ideal for illuminating large outdoor areas such as parking lots, airports, schools, universities, warehouses, community parks, and more! LED Parking Lot lights offer a sense of security to the users of outdoor spaces by providing bright light during the dark night.

LED parking lot lights provide a large amount of light while reducing the energy cost and maintenance cost. Many LED parking lot lights stay bright up to 100,000 hours - compare that to having to replace an HID bulb every 6000-15,000 operational hours. Running 12 hours a day, that's over 22 years of light! Compare that with just over 3 years of light for an HID bulb before having to replace it, at best. Another advantage of LED parking lot lights over HID is the consistency of the light color over it's lifespan; HID systems fade quickly and turn yellow over time while LED parking lot lights maintain their color temperature for the life of the fixture.

How Do LED Area Lights Compare to Metal Halide Commercial Light Poles?

The metal halide technology traditionally used to illuminate parking lots, walkways and other outdoor areas provides visibility over a substantial distance while using less power than incandescent bulbs but struggles to maintain consistent color and light intensity throughout its 15,000-hour lifespan. It also typically requires a 15-to-20-minute warm-up period to reach maximum illumination, making it better suited to applications where the light remains on for long periods.

LED area lights attain maximum brightness rapidly and don't need a warm-up period, like metal halide lights. They maintain consistent and precise color temperature and have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours or longer, which minimizes replacement costs, maintenance and hassle. They can be installed with photosensors, motion sensors, and remote controls for even more controllability of the light.

Are LED Pole Outdoor Area Lights Worth the Cost?

Advances in manufacturing and widespread adoption of LED lighting have allowed the price difference to shrink over the years, bringing it closer to other technologies. Not only are LEDs now cheaper than ever, but the initial investment often pays for itself many times throughout the lifespan of the light because high-quality LED pole lights can easily last up to 20 years before replacement is necessary.

LED area lighting also uses significantly less electricity to produce the same light output as other technologies ⁠— including efficient fluorescent or sodium vapor lights ⁠— making it the least expensive option for use in fixtures that need to remain on all night. 

LED Area Light Rebates

Multiple sources of rebates cover up to 74% of the United States, forming an active commercial lighting rebate program. These rebates may include LED area lights and other forms of outdoor area lighting, providing additional savings for businesses switching old site lights to efficient technology.

What LED Area Lighting is Best?

The best implementation of lighting depends on the space that needs illumination and the environmental conditions. Most LED parking lot lights, floodlight poles and other outdoor solutions have an IP waterproof rating, allowing operation in wet conditions and ensuring dependability even during rain. Many can also be operated automatically with an optional photocell that detects sunlight and activates the lamp when night begins.

The type of mount used ⁠— whether a pole, slipfitter, wall or trunnion mount ⁠— controls the angle and intensity of the light, allowing its presentation to be customized. Choose from several available mounts to tailor the illumination to a particular space or application.

How do I choose the right Light Distribution for an LED Area Light?

An important factor to consider when selecting LED Area light is the light distribution of the fixture. The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) introduced a classification system for light distribution patterns. The light distribution refers to the pattern of light that the fixture disperses on the target lighted area. For example, the light distribution for a narrow roadway may require a narrower pattern of light to maximize brightness over the narrow area whereas the light distribution required for the middle of a parking lot may require a larger, more round light pattern to even distribute light all around the light source. There are 5 main types of light distribution patterns:

·         Type I Light Distribution is a linear, oblong pattern that is ideal for placement in the center of narrow walkways or roads. It has a preferred lateral width of 15 degrees that is suitable for lighting walkways or roads that are up to 2 times as wide as the mounting height.

·         Type II Light Distribution is still a linear pattern but it is wider on the sides. Type II light has a lateral width of 25 degrees which is suitable for wider walkways or roads such as 4-lane roads or on-ramps. Type II light can illuminate areas with a width that is no more than 1.75 times the height that the fixture is mounted.

·         Type III Light Distribution (aka the "Bat-wing") provides lighting for a larger area projecting outward from the perimeter. It has a lateral width of 40 degrees which is suitable for driveways or sports fields. Type III light can illuminate areas with a width that is no more than 2.75 times the height that the fixture is mounted.

·         Type IV Light Distribution (aka "Forward Throw") is similar to the Type III pattern but wider. It has a lateral width of 60 degrees and throws light the furthest out from where it's mounted (hence the forward throw). It is ideal for parking lots or building walls. Type IV light can illuminate areas with a width that is no more than 2.75 times the mounting height that the fixture is mounted.

·         Type V/VS Light Distribution is a circular (Type V) or square (Type VS) pattern that distributes light evenly around the fixture. With even distribution around the light, this application is great for parking lots or large open areas.

What is site lighting?

The purpose of site lighting is to illuminate walkway areas to provide safe passage through landscaping, around constructions sites, parking garages, warehouses, parking lots, streets or any walk way.

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