Parking Garage Lighting

Parking garage lighting is designed to provide adequate light for pedestrians and motorists. These lighting fixtures provide light in both garages and parking lots. Parking garage light fixtures are usually mounted on soffits and ceilings, or hung by pendants. These lights work well in damp and wet environments providing well distributed lighting in these low ceiling environments. Get Your Free Parking Garage Lighting Plan
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Frequently Asked Questions

We asked new and existing customers to find out their biggest questions when it comes to purchasing parking garage lights. If you cannot find the answer to a question below, call us on (888) 423-3191 and we will do our best to assist you.

 

General

What Kind of Lighting Is Used in Parking Garages?

Parking garages have low ceiling heights, so lighting installed is typically low power with wide beam angles. The most common lighting installed are canopy style, canopy low bays and vapor tight lights.

Canopy Low bay

LED Canopy Light

Vapor Proof

What Is the Minimum Lighting Level in a Parking Garage?

That varies, as different locations have different standards. Our customers have asked for levels in a range between 1 and 5 foot candles, based on what their cities mandate.

How Many Lumens Do You Need for a Parking Garage?

To determine the proper light levels, it's best to start with the amount of foot candles you need, and then create a lighting plan. Alternatively, you can download a light meter to your cell phone to determine the current light levels.

What Is the Ideal Number of Foot Candles for a Parking Garage?

This is really up to the customer and the requirements of the city, town or county the garage is in, but as mentioned above, the range seems to be between 1 and 5 foot candles.

Generally, the more light there is, the safer the environment will be.

What Are the Best Lights for a Parking Garage?

If the ceilings are low, you need a fixture with a wide optic. The best lights are the ones that are best suited to light up your parking garage. We say this because, based on our experience of creating lighting plans for parking garages, we try many light options before we find the one that works perfectly well in that garage.

Secondly, there are other requirements that have nothing to do with light levels. Do you need vandal proof or vapor proof fixtures? Motion sensors so the lights dim or turn off?

Contact us today and the lighting experts at LED Lighting Supply can help you with that.

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Before You Buy

What Are IECC Lighting Control Requirements for Parking Garages?

IECC requires that occupants be given the ability to reduce lighting load in a reasonable uniform pattern by at least 50% in each indoor enclosed space, with some exceptions.

How Many Lights Are Required in a Parking Garage?

This depends on the light level you need and will also be impacted by the mounting height. The lower the ceiling is, the lower wattage fixtures will be required. A lighting plan will help you to quickly figure this out and will give you all the information you’re looking for - light levels, fixture location, fixture count and how balanced the lighting is between fixtures.

Do I Need Vapor Tight Fixtures for a Parking Garage?

You don’t need vapor tight fixtures, but here's a reason to consider them. If your parking garage is underground, exhaust from cars might affect the operation of the fixtures over time. Vapor tight fixtures are sealed fixtures that protect the internal components from any material that might affect the lighting components, ensuring they operate for a long period of time. Most of the canopy fixtures we offer are IP65 and are also sealed.

 

Fixtures and Fittings

How Much Lighting Does a 36000 Square Foot Parking Garage Need?

We modeled a garage, 600 feet by 60 feet with 10 ft ceilings, and used our 25 Watt low bay canopy light, and set the model to achieve an average of 5 foot candles in the space.

It calculated that we required 58 fixtures to achieve those light levels. Average levels to min levels are around 2.0, meaning the light levels across the entire parking garage are balanced and evenly distributed.

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Do You Have Parking Garage Lights with Motion Sensors?

We do, and parking garages are the perfect application for lights with motion sensors. They will significantly increase your energy savings across the space.

We Have Shadows Now Between Fixtures, How Do We Get Rid of Them?

There's a number of reasons why there are shadows between fixtures.

The beam angle on the fixture you have isn’t wide enough and too narrowly focused.
The light fixtures are mounted too far apart and you don’t have enough lights installed.
There are obstructions getting in the way of light being able to reach where it needs to.

Are Parking Garage Lights Waterproof?

We do, and have access to 1000’s of units in several warehouses across the USA, including our main warehouse in Nashua, NH.

 

Installation

How Do I Install Parking Garage Lighting?

Any qualified electrician will be able to easily install parking garage fixtures. All mounting hardware is included and there are only 3 wires to connect - line, neutral and ground.

Get a Free Parking Garage Lighting Plan

Thinking about converting your parking garage over to LED but are unsure about the end results?

We can create a parking garage lighting plan report for you. We can import you CAD file into our lighting software, and replace your existing lights with our parking garage lights. 

The report will show light levels and brightness, and how well the light is distributed in the entire area.

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