LED Canopy Lights

LED Canopy lights are typically outdoor mounted overhang fixtures. The light typically shines downwards and lights up the area underneath. They are typically very durable fixtures, water resistant with vandal resistant lenses. Canopy lights are sturdy and typically made of die cast aluminum and bronze in color. They are either round or square in shape. To discover the right fixture for you let us create a free canopy lighting plan for your covered area. The lighting plan will allow us to see which light performs best in your space. What works well for in one covered area may not be the right choice for your space. Get Your Free LED Canopy Lighting Plan
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Want a well lit Outdoor Covered Canopy Area? Let us do a lighting plan for you.


Why are canopy lighting plans important?

Lighting plans are a fundamental first step into starting a LED Conversion project. By using software, your outdoor area is modeled inside the software, and LED Lights are placed in your current locations or new ones (at your request).

The lighting plan then calculates how well these lights will perform, how bright the space will be, and how well the light will be balanced. Dark spots can be designed out, lights can be replaced, removed or added. Wattages can be increased or reduced. All tailored so you end up with a successful lighting conversion project.

Canopy Light Lighting Plan

Picking the Right Canopy Light

1. Starting the process - converting your canopy lights over to LED?

If you're reading this, you probably have made a partial decision to do the conversion.

For the most part, it makes sense to convert but the reasons to convert will vary for every customer.

Here are the top 5 reasons to do a LED Conversion.

  1. Reduce your lighting costs on your utility bill. The more you use your lights, the bigger the savings will be.
  2. Reduce your maintenance costs. With L70 lifetimes of 50,000+ hours, gone are the days of replacing bulbs and ballast.
  3. Creating a brighter, safer environment. Good, high quality lights makes it safer for employees and customers. People like well lit, safe places.
  4. No more flickering and humming. That's just what you hear when old metal halide and fluorescent bulbs die. They hum and flicker.
  5. No more costly disposal bills. With LED, there's no mercury, so the cost of termination or end of life is $0.

2. Choose the right type of LED Canopy Light

There are several options available. Here is a list of your best options.

Surface Mount

LED Canopy Light Surface Mount

Surface Mount canopy comes in either square or round fixture styles. Both mount directly in the face of the ceiling surface.

LED Surface Mount fixtures have a significantly lower profile height than their High Pressure Sodium or Metal Halide Canopy lights they are trying to replace.

Recessed Mount

LED Canopy Light Recessed Mount

These style of lights install in recessed cavities in overhead structures and are the lights you typically see overhead self serve gas stations.

Low Bay Style

LED Canopy Light Low Bay

This is a new style of canopy light, combining the esthetics and power of low bay lighting for the use of canopy lighting.

Some of these lights are color changeable - so you don't have to decide what color temperature you want. You can try them all and decide which one you like the most.

Vapor Tight

LED Canopy Light Vapor Tight

These are traditional looking 'strip' fixtures that are gasketed and sealed tightly to keep any fumes, dust or water from affecting the longevity of the lights operation.

3. Pick the right optic and distribution pattern?

Canopy lights are typically mounted at lower heights, and it not uncommon they have to deal with structural beams as well.

Getting the light distributed to a wide pattern makes the space seem inviting, safe and well lit.To do this, you need to decide on what optic and/or distribution pattern to use. 

The two main options are: specific beam angles or industry standard "Type" Distribution

Specific beam angles, when you have low ceilings, should be as wide as possible.

Try for a 120, 150 or even 180 degree distribution pattern.

Common distribution patterns are Type 3 and Type 5. Type 5 works well in central areas, Type 3 and 4 works well when mounted near a wall.

canopy light distribution

4. What is the best color temperature to choose?

That is  good question. The most common choices are 4000K and 5000K.

The higher the number, the more "blue" it looks. The lower the number, the warmer, or more yellow it appears.

If you are unsure of what color temperature you should select, here's a quick guide

5000K is a good choice to replace Metal Halide

4000K is a good choice to replace High Pressure Sodium or fluorescent lighting

Kelvin Color Temperature Scale Chart

5. Adding controls to your Canopy lights can save you more energy

Switching to LED  will bring lower your light bills. Adding lighting controls will add to the savings. Why? These smart controls will make sure your lights are only on when they are needed and people are around.


Photocells for night time operations

Photocells are smart controls that detect the amount of ambient day light.

At dusk, it senses that its time to turn on the light. At sunrise, it senses the light can be switched off.

These controls don't care if its summer or winter. It only cares about the amount of sun light that is or isn't there.

Adding motion sensors

Motion sensors are perfect for lowering your lighting bill even more.

They instantly make the light brighter when they detect motion and dim when no one is around.

In many common canopy applications, this is the perfect add-on!

Shopping Mail with Canopy Lights
Shopping Mail with Canopy Lights
Shopping Mail with Canopy Lights
Shopping Mail with Canopy Lights

6. How Many Canopy Lights do you need?

If you have existing canopy lights, then a one for one replacement should work well.  LED lights can easily replace Metal Halide and fluorescent lighting options.

The best way to determine how many you need where no lights currently exist is to have a canopy lighting plan developed. A canopy lighting plan uses photometric software to model your covered outdoor space. It creates a report that shows light locations, foot candle readings and light distribution.

7. Are LED Lights a good replacement for a Metal Halide?

Yes. We have Canopy Lights that can replace Traditional Canopy lights like Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium. LED Canopy lighting is high quality lighting with high CRIs and multiple color temperature options, including 4000K and 5000K.

We have options to replace:

150 Watt Metal Halide

250 Watt Metal Halide

400 Watt Metal Halide

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