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Correctional LED Lighting

Lighting is important to Correctional Facilities and Prisons. We have worked with many states to provide outdoor security lighting and indoor lights in their conversion from metal halide, high pressure sodium and fluorescent lights. We can easily replace your security and general lighting, 1 for 1, and provide lights that turn on instantly, save energy and significantly reduce maintenance costs for years and years.
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Frequently Asked Questions

There’s a lot of questions around correctional LED lighting, so we’ve curated a list from first time buyers and repeat customers. Check out our most frequently asked questions below or call us on (888) 423-3191 to find the right lighting for you.

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What Is Considered Correctional Grade Lighting?

There are two types of lighting, vandal proof fixtures and general security lighting. The former is installed in areas, like inmate cells, and needs to be able to resist attempts to dismantle. The second type is security lighting, such as outdoor high mast lights, that provide lighting to all outdoor areas or used in common areas within the prison. LED Lighting Supply offers the second type of lighting.

What Is the Difference Between Vandal Resistant and Vandal Proof Light Fixtures? Which Do I Need in a Correctional Facility?

A vandal resistant fixture is one that can withstand abuse in public areas, like a parking garage or play ground. A vandal proof fixture inside a correctional facility can withstand the attempted efforts to gain entry or dismantle the light fixture from prisoners.

What Are the American Correctional Association Lighting Standards?

The American Correctional Association provides the recommended best practices for cell lighting levels. We do not offer inmate cell lighting solutions and instead focus on general security lighting and lighting used in common areas within the prison.


What Types of Light Fixtures Can Be Used for Outdoor Lighting at a Prison?

We have a lot of experience with this. The best options are wall pack lights, high mast lights, flood lights and parking lot lights.

What Type of Lighting Should Be Used for Indoor Common Area Lighting in a Prison?

This can also vary, but we recommend high bay lights, low bay lights, canopies and in-ceiling panel lights.

What Areas Within a Prison Complex Can You Provide Lighting Options For?

Outdoor and indoor common area lighting, and general area lighting. We do not offer vandal proof lighting, however, we do supply retrofit kits for existing vandal proof fixtures, which is a cost effective way of converting these fixtures over to LED.

Has LED Lighting Supply Worked with Other Correctional Facilities? What Type of Lights Do They Buy from You?

Yes, we have worked with several state and federal prisons providing lights. Those include high mast lights, flood lights,canopies and wall pack lights, along with metal halide to LED retrofit kits.


What Are Typical Prison Lighting Standards to Follow?

For outdoor applications, you want a lot of light for security. For indoor common area applications, you want rugged fixtures so they last. Make sure the fixtures you purchase are over 130 lumen per watt. Many are over 150 lumen per watt. You also want to look for UL/ETL and DLC listed options.

Are Cooper, Eaton and Kenall the Only Manufacturers That Sell Correctional Lighting?

No, here at LED Lighting Supply, we sell correctional lighting, too.

Can You Retrofit Existing Fixtures?

We can retrofit both metal halide and fluorescent fixtures, including vandal proof fixtures.

Led Shoebox Retrofit 150 Watt 1

150 Watt Parking Lot Retrofit

2 strip magnetic retrofit kit

2 strip magnetic retrofit kit

What Is the Best Color Temperature to Use in a Correctional Facility?

We think the best color temperatures are 4000K and 5000K.

We Are Upgrading Our Tower Lights Mounted at 100 Feet with 8 Fixtures Per Pole. What Options Are There and Do You Have Any Sample Lighting Plans You Can Show Me?

We have a full line of powerful high mast lights that can replace 1 for 1 up to 2000 Watt metal halide. High masts are great for tower lighting, they provide many advantages over metal halide: instant on, fog penetration and longer life.

Is It More Cost Effective to Retrofit or to Use New Fixtures?

There are reasons why you would want to retrofit or replace fixtures. A good reason to retrofit is the cost of new fixtures is expensive versus retrofitting. For example, in cell vandal proof fixtures are not cheap, but retrofitting them is. So, if the fixtures are in good condition, then consider retrofitting them.

There are many cases where new fixtures are just the better solution. We can help walk you through these decisions.

What Should We Use to Replace Our 1000 Watt Prison Yard Lights on a 50 Foot Pole?

To replace a 100W prison yard light, you probably will need a 300W to 400W LED yard light. Before you replace any lights, we recommend you create a lighting plan or pole sample lighting plan to find out the best fixtures you need based on your requirements.

Can Prison Yard Lights Be Retrofitted?

They can, if that is something you are interested in. We have metal halide to LED retrofit kits that can replace anything from 150 Watts to over 1000 Watts.

Led High Mast

Led High Mast

High Power Area Light

High Power Area Light

Led Flood Light 600 Watt With Pole Mount

LED Flood Light


Do Your Outdoor Fixtures Have a Motion Sensor Option Available?

They do, many of our lights are available with motion sensors. Let us know if that is a requirement.

It Takes 15 to 30 Minutes for Our Mh Fixtures to Light Up to Full Strength. Do LEDs Work the Same Way?

No, they are instant on, instant off. So, there is no lapse in security lighting if, for some reason, the lights go off.

Our Metal Halide Lights Do Not Penetrate the Fog Well. How Do LED Lights Compare in Performance?

Lighting that penetrates fog has more to do with color temperature than type of light. And it's well known that lower color temperatures perform better than higher color temperatures. So, 4000K will work better than 5000K.

Do You Offer Photocells with Your Fixtures?

Yes, we do.

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Do You Offer an Emergency Backup Option?

Yes, we do, on both indoor and outdoor fixtures.


We Cannot Have Our Lighting Down for Long. How Long Will It Take to Install New Fixtures?

Not long at all, and that even includes retrofitting existing fixtures. Our fixtures are easy to install and come complete with all the instructions and hardware you need. Plus, we are always available to answer any questions you may have.

Will Your Lights Work on Our 480 Volt System?

Yes, we offer both standard voltage solutions (100-277V) and high voltage solutions (277-480V).


Need a Free Lighting Plan?

A Lighting Plan uses software to calculate how the lighting will look in your outdoor space. Using your existing pole locations (or new pole locations), we can place our High Mast Lights at the pole height you request and show you how well our lights perform.

Indoors, we can create lighting plans for gyms, common areas and cafeterias.

A lighting plan provides both foot candle readings as well as how well the light is distributed across the area.

Your Lighting Plans takes away the risk and all the guess work in selecting the right LED Lighting Solution for your indoor and outdoor spaces.


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