LED Shoebox Lights

LED Shoebox Lights provide an effective way to light up a large area with ease. They are pole mount  light fixtures found in parking lots and large outdoor areas. Current traditional styles like Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium fixtures range from 400 Watts to 1000 Watts and can easily be replaced with LED Lights. They come in a myriad of power options which range from 50 watts to 500 watts and can produce up to 70,000 lumens. You can expect your lighting bill to reduced by 50% to 80% after you convert to LED.

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Shoebox Lighting Plans

Why are shoebox lighting plans important?

Shoebox Lighting Plans allow you to see your parking lot modeled inside software. The resulting Light Plan shows you how bright the area is and how well distributed the light is. Using the software, different types of lights, wattages, optics and mounting angles can be adjusted to find the optimal lighting for your parking light.

A shoebox lighting plan will show you light levels (in foot candles or lux) and provide you with an indication of how even the lighting is. We can optimize the plan without you spending $1 on lights. This ensures success when you decide to move forward with you lighting conversion project. 


Parking Lot Lighting Plan

What Mounting Options are Available for Shoebox Fixtures?

Three styles of mounting arms are generally available. They are:

Straight Pole Arm Mount

These mounts are usually installed on existing square poles. Straight arm mounts are rigid and do not allow for light adjustment. If installing new LED Shoebox fixtures, make sure the mounting patterns match. They should, but its always worth the extra effort to check.

Slip Fitter Mount

Slip fit mounts, or slip fitter mounts are very easy to install as they usually slide over standard 2 3/8-inch lighting poles. The biggest advantage of slip fitter mounts is that they give you the ability to angle the light inwards. They have adjustable heads. They enable you to move the heads to the position you desire.

Trunnion Mounts

These are versatile mounts and fit at the bottom of the LED shoe box lights. They borrow their design from the mounts that are generally used on flood lights (yoke mounts). They are the go-to mounts for unique applications.

Parking Lot Converted to LED

How many lumens do I need when replacing my old shoebox lights?

To replace 400 Watt Metal Halide, consider fixtures between 15,000 and 25,000 (LED) lumens. To replace 1000 Watt Metal Halide, look for LED fixtures producing 40,00 to 55,000 (LED) lumens. Ultimately, the real answer lies in performing a shoebox lighting plan for your parking  or large area - which we provide for free.


Metal Halide Shoebox to LED Conversion

Traditional Shoebox Lamp LED Shoebox - Lumens (100% directional)
250 Watt Metal Halide 10,000 - 12,000 LED lumens
400 Watt Metal Halide 15,000 - 25,000 LED lumens
1000 Watt Metal Halide 40,000 - 55,000 LED lumens

What are the most common color temperature for outdoor led shoebox light fixtures?

The two most popular color temperatures are 4000K and 5000K.

5000K is a good replacement for Metal Halide Shoe box lights.

Many states have rules that only allows for 4000K or lower installed outdoors.

In comparison, High Pressure Sodium lights are 2200K - 2300K. That is why everything under HPS appear yellow / brown.

What are the best optics to use in LED Shoebox Area Lights?

By far, the most common outdoor shoebox optics are Type 3 and Type 5. 

Type 5 optics are best used in the middle of a parking lot provides great area distribution.

Type 3 optics are best used on the edges of a lot ensures the light ends up in the lot and not the area directly behind the shoebox fixture.

If you are concerned about light trespass on the edge of your property, consider adding a fixture back shield.

Outdoor Lighting Type 1 to 5 Optic Patterns

Do LED Shoebox Lights work with Lighting Controls?

Yes, LED Shoebox lights work well with photocells and/or motion sensors. Adding lighting controls is not only practical, it lowers light levels when no one is around. It saves more energy by reducing the light levels required  at any time during the night.

And because LED Lights are instant on - instant off, they pair well with lighting controls.

Led Shoebox Retrofit Kit

Are your shoebox lights in good condition? Consider a shoebox retrofit kit

These shoebox retrofit kits can replace anything from 250 Watt to 1000 Watt Metal Halide and HPS. It's can be easily installed by a certified electrician - if they can do a bulb and ballast replacement, they can install these.

Our Ultra High Efficiency Retrofit Solutions are DLC Premium Listed. This means you can qualify for a rebate from your utility company. We advise you check with them first - or - we can help discover if there are rebates available.

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