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Correctional Facility LED Lighting

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of questions about Correctional Facility LED Lighting. So we’ve curated a list from first-time buyers and repeat customers. Check out our most-asked questions below or call us at (888) 423-3191 to find the right lighting for you.


What Is Considered Correctional Grade Lighting?

There are two types of lighting, vandal-proof fixtures, and general security lighting. The former are installed in areas, like inmate cells. It needs to be able to resist attempts to dismantle it. The second type is security lighting, such as outdoor high mast lights. That provides lighting to all outdoor areas or is 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. You’ll find them in a parking garage or school. A vandal-proof fixture can withstand attempted efforts to gain entry or dismantle the light fixture.

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. . Instead focus on general security lighting and lighting used in common areas within the prison.

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What Types of Correctional Facility LED Lighting Can You Use Outdoors 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 Correctional Facility LED Lighting Can You Use Indoors in a Prison?

This can also vary. 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. We do supply retrofit kits for existing vandal-proof fixtures. This is a cost-effective way of converting these fixtures over to LED.

What Type of Correctional Facility LED Lighting Do They Buy from LED Lighting Supply?

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


What Are Typical Prison Lighting Standards to Follow?

For outdoor lighting applications, you want a lot of light. For indoor common areas, prison lighting has a direct impact on morale inside the facility. Dimly lit areas can make people feel depressed while lighting that is similar to sunlight can improve mood.

For common area applications, you want a rugged, industrial grade lighting so they last.

Make sure the fixtures you buy are over 130 lumens per watt. Many are over 150 lumens 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.

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

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 halides. 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 the better solution. We can help walk you through these decisions.

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 need.

It takes 15 to 30 Minutes for Our Metal-Halide 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 the type of light. It’s well known lower color temperatures perform better than higher color temperatures. So, 4000K will work better than 5000K.

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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 will need a 300W to 400W LED yard light. Before you replace any lights, we recommend you create a lighting plan. to find the best fixtures based on your requirements.

Can You retrofit Prison Yard Lights?

You can. We have metal halide to LED retrofit kits that can replace anything from 150 Watts to over 1000 Watts.

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Do You Offer an Emergency Backup Option?

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

Do You Offer Photocells with Your Fixtures?

Yes, we do.


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).