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General Information: Commercial LED Security Lighting
Are LED Flood Outdoor Lighting Fixtures a Good Choice for Security Lighting?LED Flood lights are great for outdoor security lighting when you have large areas that need to be lit. Other choices for outdoor security lighting are LED Wall Packs and LED Parking Lot Lights.
Benefits of Commercial LED Security LightsThey are powerful, high-quality light sources. You can attach to motion sensors and provide instantaneous brightness. They need very little maintenance. And they use less energy and metal halide light sources.
Are Commercial LED Security Lights Better than Halogen Lights?Halogen bulbs aren’t particularly bright considering the amount of energy they consume. You can replace a 500 Watt halogen light source with 100 Watts to 150 Watts LED. They also have a very short lifespan when compared to LEDs.
Use LED Flood Lights for SecurityLED flood lights are one of the most common types of security lighting. Be careful with flood lights, not all are the same. Some flood lights have narrow beams (spotlight) while others have broad (wide) beams. Make sure the flood light matches your application.
How does Lighting Improve SecurityIt creates bright areas that make it uncomfortable for criminal activity. And it provides light that works in conjunction with security cameras. Studies have shown that there is less crime in well-lit areas than in dark ones.
Install New Fixtures or Retrofit Your Current FixtureYou can do either. A good reason to retrofit is if you have fixtures that you like for aesthetic purposes. Or the fixtures themselves would be expensive to replace. Otherwise, new fixtures would be a good choice.
Best Color Temperature for Outdoor Security LightingWe feel that 4000K and 5000K are both good choices for outdoor security lighting. When used in conjunction with security lighting, they provide clear vivid images.
Use LED Wall Packs as Security LightsLED Wall Packs are the preferred light choice next to a building, mounted on the exterior wall. There are three types.
What Wattage LED Security Light is Equal to 500 Watts?80 to 100 Watts should be all you need to replace 500 Watts halogen lights. (500 Watts is a typical halogen wattage and not a common metal halide wattage). For 400 Watts metal halide, 100 to 150 Watts would be a good range. This will provide more lighting than what the metal halide delivers.
How Do Commercial LED Security Lights Compare to Mercury Lights?Mercury is a very old technology. The light quality is poor, and everything appears green. CRI on mercury vapor is 22 whereas LED starts at 70. They are also very inefficient when compared to LEDs. So upgrading mercury lights to LEDs is good.
Types of Security LightingThere are 4 main types:
- Wall packs for lighting up areas next to buildings
- LED Parking Lot lights are pole-mounted and provide light to large parking spaces
- Flood lights that are wall, pole, or perimeter mounted. This provides pinpoint lighting or large-area flood lighting
- LED High Mast lights mounted on tall poles provide large areas of light coverage.
Difference Between Flood Lights and Security LightsLED Flood lights are a specific type of outdoor lighting that can be used for purposes of security lighting but is not limited exclusively to being a security light. Security lighting, per se, tends to be smaller less powerful lighting that is motion sensor activated.
Perimeter Security Lighting DesignWe have created many perimeter security lighting plans for very large areas.
Before You Buy: Commercial LED Security Lighting
Best LED Security LightThere is no one best security light, but there is the best security light for your area. What works well for one location may be a bad choice for another.
Brightest LED Outdoor Security LightWe have powerful flood light options that are 1200 Watts producing 176,000 lumens. We also have high mast lights that are 750 Watts producing 105,000 lumens. We have parking lot lights that are 500 Watts producing almost 70,000 lumens.
What Wattage LED Security Light Do I Need?It depends on your lighting requirements. If you know the light levels you need (foot candles), we can create an outdoor security lighting plan for you. Generally speaking, you can replace
- 500 Watt halogen with 80-100 Watt LED
- 400 Watt metal halide with 100-200 Watts LED
- 1000 Watt metal halide with 300-500 Watts LED.
How Long Do LED Security Lights Last?They should last 10+ years without any maintenance. No need for ‘bulb’ changes or ballast changes like you would with halogen or metal halide.
Dusk to Dawn LED Security LightsYes, we have photocell options on many of our LED Dusk to Dawn Security Lights. These lights turn on at dusk and off at dawn – automatically.
LED Security Lights and Motion SensorsWe offer motion sensors on many outdoor light fixtures.
Best Color Temperature for Commercial LED Security LightsWe like either 4000K or 5000K for outdoor lighting. Most of our customers request 5000K color temperature.
Best Lumens for Commercial LED Security LightingIn the case of security lighting, decide what light levels you would like to achieve. Then create a lighting plan. The lighting plan will show the light levels in your area, detail the lights used, and how many you need. It will also show you the watts and lumens of each light used.
Best Selling 400w Security LightThis 400-watt LED flood light is very powerful and by far our most popular security light of this wattage.
Dimmable LED Security LightsWe offer Dimmable LED Security Lighting and most can work well with motion sensors. Motion sensors can dim LED Lights when all activity has left the area. This prolongs the life of the fixture and reduces your lighting bill even more.
Knuckle Mount LED Security LightsWe do have knuckle mount flood lights available.
Installation Information: Commercial LED Security Lighting