LED Street LightsReplacing Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium street lights has never been easier. Our LED Street Lights can easily replace your existing lighting with powerful, high quality LED roadway lighting - 1 for 1. We offer all the traditional roadway optics used on todays roadways and neighborhood streets, with photocell options to make the conversion to our lights painless and cost effective. Get Your Free LED Street Lighting Plan
Frequently Asked Questions
We spoke to new customers and asked them their biggest questions relating to street lights. Can’t find an answer below? Call us on(888) 423-3191 and a lighting expert will support you in this process.
What Are Street Lights?
Street lights are pole mounted light fixtures designed to light up roadways. They are sometimes referred to as “Cobra Heads” after the unique shape of the fixture resembling the head of a cobra. They are typically available with street light Type optics, Type 1 to 5.
How Do Street Lights Work?
Street lights are mounted on the top of a pole and there is usually 1 light per pole. The light has optics that allows it to distribute the light on the roadway. Street lights are sometimes equipped with a photocell that turns the lights on at dusk and off at dawn.
Which Lamps Are Used for Street Lighting and Why?
Before LED, the two most traditional lamp types were metal halide (white light) and high pressure sodium (yellow orange light). These bulbs were revolutionary at the time of introduction - they were able to produce a lot of light easily.
However, that has all changed with LED, the same amount of light can be produced at only 25-50% of the energy required, producing a bright, high quality source of light.
Are Street Lamps Continuous or Discrete Lighting?
An LED street light is considered a continuous form of lighting.
Are LED Street Lights Brighter?
Lumens is a measurement of brightness, but quality of light, known as CRI or Color Rendering Index, makes LEDs appear brighter. High pressure sodium (HPS), commonly used in street lighting, is high lumens but poor quality. An LED light producing less lumens than a HPS bulb will appear brighter.
Are Solar Street Lights Any Good?
Yes, but they do have a limit to how much light they can produce, and can be affected by days when clouds keep the batteries from recharging. They are also much more expensive than normal wired street lights. They should only be used for off grid applications where AC power is not available.
How Do You Keep Light from Street Lights Out of Houses?
A combination of optics or back shields. Choosing the right optic might reduce the amount of light that shines on houses, but a back shield right behind the back edge of LEDs will also block light from lighting up homes.
Before You Buy
What is the standard lux level for street lighting?
Lux, and foot candles vary from city to city, town to town and state to state. And on top of that, they vary based on the type of road and the type of roadway / pavement type. The one thing that appears to be common, is the more important the roadway is, the lux/fc requirement is higher. In other words, most cities want free ways brighter than neighborhood streets.
What is the standard optic for street lights?
Street lighting uses a series of Type Optics, Type 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Each type has a very specific pattern. There is no standard, unless a city or town decides to standardize it. But there is no one national rule suggesting one Optic Type is the standard. We have found that Type 3 is the most common request however.
How Do You Design Street Lighting?
Just like with other types of lighting, lighting plan software allows for the creation of effective street lighting plans. The software differentiates between indoor plans, outdoor plans and street lighting plans. The best place to design street lighting is within a lighting plan.
What Color Temperature Is Ideal for Street Lighting?
The best color temperatures are between 3500K and 5000K. There are some municipalities that mandate nothing higher than 4000K as they are concerned about blue light and the effect it has on people. Current LED lighting at 5000K produces daylight type light and is not blue as it may have been in the past. We find type 5 to be the most commonly requested color temperature.
Can You Retrofit a Street Light?
Yes, you can. In fact, we have LED street light retrofits on this page at the bottom of the list. The retrofit will allow you to keep your fixtures and replace the bulb and ballast. They also provide a high quality light output.
Are These Street Light Fixtures Dark Sky Compliant?
They should be, if the light is pointing straight down horizontally to the ground. Shielding can be included to help direct all the light down to the street.
This is the picture of a light setting that has the wide-angled HPS fixtures being used in it. You can notice the high amount of light wastage. The houses near the street have their curtains drawn mostly to save their windows from being unnecessary lit all the time due to the high light distribution. This causes light pollution and is not dark sky compliant.
This can be eliminated with the LED lights that give focused and directional lighting. The houses near the streets won’t need to hide their windows with curtains like in the case above anymore since the lights won’t be reaching anywhere but on the target space. This also causes lesser lumens requirement since the light is being used for the set purpose only.
Fixtures and Fittings
Do Street Lights Have Sensors?
We can supply photocells with the lights, and they act to turn the lights on at dusk and off at dawn. Motion sensors on street lights may not make sense, and it's best to check with your local government to see if they allow street lights to be dimmed with motion sensors.
How Long Do Street Lights Last?
The LED street lights on this page should last a very long time, easily 10 to 15 years without maintenance.
How Much Does a Street Light Weight?
Street light weights vary, from a few pounds up to 20 lbs or more, depending on the model and power output. LED street lights, comparatively speaking, should weigh less than the metal halide or HPS light that they are designed to replace.
What Is a Street Light Photocell?
A street light photocell is a control added to the street light that acts as an on/off switch. The photocell detects dusk to turn on the light, and dawn to turn off the light.
High Pressure Sodium (Yellow) Street Lighting
How Do You Install LED Street Lights?
Street lights should be installed by experienced professionals, specially trained to install street lights as they require lift trucks to get the light on the pole. The lights themselves are relatively simple to work on and install. LED street lights are designed to be installed on existing poles, with 3 simple wires - line, neutral and ground, to power the lights
How Much Does It Cost to Install Street Lights?
The cost of installing street lights varies and the best way to estimate your cost is to have an electrician provide an estimate. In most cases, a lift is required to install a street light and this will add to the installation cost. Depending on the height of the pole and location, the installation can take from 30 to 60 minutes per street light.
Get a Free Street Lighting Plan
If you are just replacing fixture with fixture, a lighting plan will help you select the right fixture. If you are adding new lighting to a street that doesn't have lighting yet, a lighting plan will lay out the light locations and show you how bright the lighting will be.
If you know how bright you want the street to be, we can pick the right street lighting fixture to meet your needs and requirements.
When we do street lighting plans, we use specialized lighting software that allows us to model your space, add lights, place them in your digital space, and calculate the brightness and how even the light will be.