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LED Parking Lot Lights

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LED Parking Lot Lights


LED Parking Lot lights are typically pole mounted shoe box lights or pole top lights mounted between 15 feet and 40 feet providing outdoor lighting for large outdoor areas and parking lots. Businesses prefer to convert their parking lots to LED because they deliver a powerful, high quality light source and are proven to lower maintenance costs and reduce lighting bills by 50% to 80%.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We spoke to our customers to find out what questions they have when buying parking lot lights. If it’s your first time making a purchase with LED Lighting Supply, feel free to call us at (888) 423-3191 to speak directly with one of our lighting experts.

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What Type of Light Is Best Suited for Outdoor Parking?

Most customers usually install parking or shoebox LED fixtures. These lights are mounted on poles, which are already there for existing installations.

Why Use LED Parking Lot Lights?

LED parking lot lights offer a plethora of benefits. Here are some of the main benefits:

Significant energy cost savings
Maintenance savings
Improved light quality and safety for those who use the parking lot.

How Tall Are Parking Lot Lights?

Parking lot light poles tend to be between 15 feet and up to 50 feet high.

How to Choose the Right Parking Lot Light?

The following factors can impact the right fixture for your needs:

Style preference
Mounting height
Mounting type required and voltage used (100-277 or 347-480) – all mount and voltage options are not available for all fixtures.
Fixture color (we stock bronze and white)
Is a photocell or motion required – this can impact availability and cost
Cost preference – there is a cost scale based on performance, quality, and warranty – Good, Better and Best.
How quickly it is needed (is it in stock)

LED Parking Lot LIghts

LED vs Metal Halide: What's Better for Outdoor Parking Area Lighting?

LED’s have lumen packages that can easily match the output of HID bulbs, one for one. They do so at an energy savings of 50% to 80%. Depending on the type of HID bulb, their quality of light is far superior. The long lifespan of LED lights in general, when compared to HID, means that they are far less costly to maintain.

And because LEDs can be instantly turned on and off and can dim, they work well with energy-saving light controls like motion sensors.


How to Estimate LED Lighting for an Outdoor Parking Lot?

There is no real need to estimate LED Lighting for parking lots. By creating a lighting plan first, it takes the guesswork out of determining how many lights you need, and what types of lights you need. From there, we can easily produce an estimate that provides you with a cost for the project.

How to Retrofit LED Parking Lot Lights?

We can supply both new fixtures as well as retrofit kits designed for parking lot lights. If the fixtures are in good shape, a retrofit option can be a great option. The kits contain everything you need to replace the metal halide or HPS components of a parking lot light.

Retrofitting is about as challenging to an electrician as an HID bulb and ballast replacement. Instead of replacing the old bulbs and ballasts with new ones, he is substituting in our retrofit kits.

What Size LED lights Are Used for Parking Lots?

The three most common sizes used for parking lot lights are thought in terms of replacement of metal halide fixtures. Here are some starting guidelines of sizing LED to common metal halide output:

250 Watt Metal Halide 9,000 - 12,000 LED lumens
400 Watt Metal Halide 15,000 - 25,000 LED lumens
1000 Watt Metal Halide 39,000 - 50,000 LED lumens

What Is the Brightest LED Parking Lot Light?

The brightest LED parking lot light we offer is 500 Watts producing around 70,000 lumens.

How Long Do LED Parking Lights Last?

Most parking lot lights are used, on average, 12 hours a night or 4380 hours per year. Over 10 years of life, that calculates to 43,800 hours. That is well under the minimum expected life of any parking lot light we sell.

Some lights we sell are expected to last much longer than that, and equipped with drivers that are designed for 70,000 hours of use. That means you can expect your LED lights to last 10-20 years.

What Optics or Light Patterns Are Available for Parking Lot Fixtures?

There are five basic types, designated Type 1 to Type 5. By far the two most common are:

Type 3: This distribution layout is meant for the parking spaces and general roadway areas. They are higher than Type II but shorter in width from them. Its the perfect choice for lighting on the edges of the parking lot area.

Type 5: This distribution type is circular that makes it generate the same amount of light in all positions. It works great for spaces that need a lot of even lighting. Its ideal for poles mounted in the center of parking lots.

140 watt LED Shoebox Trunnion

How Much Does a Parking Lot Light Cost?

It depends on a lot of factors / features that meet your requirements. There is a cost scale based on performance, quality, and warranty – Good, Better and Best. It’s best to qualify your requirements with us and we will identify the cost options.

Do You Sell Parking Lot Light Poles? If Not, Where Can I Buy Them?

We do not sell poles but have worked with pole suppliers to accommodate the needs of our customers. Contact us if you are looking for help.


Can I Send a Site Plan for Parking Lot Lights to You?

Yes, you can submit a parking lot lighting plan here where you have the option to upload a pdf, dwg (CAD) or AGI file of your parking lot. You can also send us an image (jpg or png) of the layout. Make sure we can easily identify the scale of the drawing.

Should I Use Motion Sensors in LED Parking Lot Lights?

Yes, if you can. Motion sensors will dim or turn off the light when people or cars moving cannot be detected. This will save you even more money on your lighting bill, and extend the life of the light as well. If you have a parking lot that’s empty for 75% of the night, dimming makes sense.

Dimming to 10% lit will create incredible savings over the metal halide lights they replace.

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How Do You Install Parking Lot Lights?

There is no difference between installing LED parking lot lights and metal halide lights. Typically, a qualified electrician that has access to a boom truck or lift is hired, and they go through the process of removing and replacing the lights. Because of the heights involved, it is best to use a qualified electrician for this process.

How Can You Change Parking Lot Lights to LED?

There are two main ways to change parking lot lights: to retrofit or replace them. Retrofitting is a process in which the internal lighting HID components are removed and replaced with LED components. If you have a significant investment in your parking lot fixture and want to keep the same look, this is a great option. Otherwise, your second option is replacement. Replacement removes the old fixture and replaces it with a brand new LED fixture.

How Can You Adjust the Lighting on Parking Lot LED Lights?

There are two types of adjustments that you should think about: beam pattern and light levels. Beam patterns should be chosen at the time of purchase. Having a lighting plan is the best way to choose this. Light levels can be adjusted by dimming the output. This type of adjustment is done typically when a motion sensor is used.

Once an LED fixture is installed, we never see adjustments being made. In a very few cases, a customer will add a few fixtures because they want more light in certain areas.


Request a free parking lot lighting plan

Your successful parking lot conversion to LED is a combination of using the right amount of lumens and achieving a balanced light distribution. Distribution can be achieved with using Type 3, 4 and 5 optics.

But did you know that Type 3 and 4 are forward throw optics? Do you know how that can make the difference between having a successful led conversion and one that is dark, spotty and full of shadows?

Whether you need a free lighting plan or have questions about LEDs, our expert lighting team will help you make the right choice. Choosing the right shoebox fixture is the key to success.

Contact us for a free lighting plan or to discuss your LED lighting goals.

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