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What are LED Shoebox Lights?

LED Shoebox Lights are outdoor lighting pole-mounted fixtures. They are also referred to as LED parking lot fixtures and LED area lights. They’re designed to provide bright light for parking lots and other large outdoor spaces. They focus all their light downwards. They’re equipped with optics to distribute the light away from the pole.

You can equip some shoebox lights with a photocell for true dusk-to-dawn operations. You can also add a motion sensor. This allows the fixture to dim when no movement is detected, which can be a great cost-saving addition.

What are the Benefits of LED Shoebox Lights versus Metal Halide?

LED shoebox lights are the best replacement of choice for metal halide.

  • You should see an instant reduction in your lighting bill between 50 – 80% over metal-halide.
  • The light source is of a higher quality than most metal-halide fixtures.
  • Maintenance will be dramatically reduced. There are no bulbs or ballasts to change
  • Parking lots and large areas will be well-lit. The area will feel safe for employees, patrons, and customers.
  • Their lifespan is much longer than metal halide.
  • They can be equipped with controls like motion sensors and photocells.
  • They are instant on - instant off. So your parking lot won't be dark after a power outage.

The Best Applications for LED Shoebox Lights

They are great for many commercial applications. The best and most common applications of shoebox lights are:

How Many LED Lumens To Replace Metal Halide Shoebox Lights?

  • To replace 400 Watt Metal Halide (MH), consider fixtures between 15,000 and 25,000 (LED) lumens.
  • To replace 1000 Watt Metal Halide, look for LED fixtures producing 40,000 to 55,000 (LED) lumens.

The real answer lies in performing a shoebox lighting plan for your parking lot. We provide those for free.

The following outlines the lumens you will need to replace your old shoebox. The actual amount will depend on the mounting height and the amount of light you need.

  • 250 Watt Metal Halide 9,000 – 12,000 LED lumens
  • 400 Watt Metal Halide 15,000 – 25,000 LED lumens
  • 1000 Watt Metal Halide 39,000 – 50,000 LED lumens

To make it easy for you we offer:

What are Common Shoebox Mounting Options?

The main mounting options are:

  • Slip fitter
  • Trunnion or Yoke
  • Straight arm mount (pole mount ) for round or square poles or walls

Using LED Shoebox Retrofit Kits

We also have LED Shoebox Retrofit Kits if you want to use your existing fixtures. We offer versions rated to replace 400 Watt 16-inch fixtures and 1000 Watt 23-inch fixtures. Shoebox retrofit kits will replace the bulb, ballast, and reflector inside an existing shoebox fixture. The kit comprises a LED Plate and driver that is designed to fit into an existing 16-inch or 23-inch shoebox fixture

Motion Sensors and Photocells for LED Shoebox Fixtures

The two main control options are photocells and motion sensors. Many sites have pre-installed timers. You can continue to use these with new LED shoebox lighting.

Photocells turn the light on at dusk and off at dawn. Many sites have timers already installed that control all the fixtures. You must have a 3-pin Nema socket if you want to use a photocell. We have fixtures that come reinstalled with the Photocell.

Motion sensors detect motion. They will turn the light to full power when motion’s detected or dim / turn off when no motion’s detected. To dim, the fixture needs to have a dimmable driver. A motion sensor also provides dusk and off-at-dawn control. A photocell is not needed when using a motion sensor.

We offer photocells on many of our shoebox fixtures. Photocells will turn the lights on at dusk and off at dawn.

Installing LED Shoebox Lights

There is no difference between installing LED shoebox lighting and older traditional HID shoebox lights.

A qualified electrician who has access to a boom truck or lift will do the installation. They go through the process of removing and replacing the lights. Because of the heights involved, it is best to use a qualified electrician for this process.

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What is the Difference Between Shoebox Lights and LED Parking Lot Lighting?

The difference is subtle. You would install LED Shoebox lights in a parking lot. But you can also install them on sports courts, tennis courts, or outdoor areas that need light.

Parking lots’ primary source of light is a shoebox light, but not exclusively so. There are times when LED flood lights are a good option to light up a parking lot, or LED wall packs mounted on exterior walls of buildings adjacent to the parking lot.

How Many LED Shoebox Lights Do You Need?

In most cases when you replace Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium shoebox fixtures it is a 1-for-1 replacement.

You usually replace a 400 Watt Metal-Halide with a 150 Watt LED and a 1000 Watt Metal Halide with a 300 Watt LED Fixture.

We also offer LED options to replace 250 Watt Metal Halide Shoebox fixtures. If you want more light or it’s a new site, then request a lighting design plan to select the proper fixture option.

Light Patterns / Optics Available with LED Shoebox Lights

Shoebox LED parking lot lights are available with standardized “Type” Light patterns, Types 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

The two most common are Types 3 and 5. Type 3 is the best option when installed on the boundaries of a parking lot. It is a forward-throw light pattern that throws the light forward and left and right.

Type 5 is a great choice for the center of the parking lot.

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What are your Best Selling LED Shoebox Light Fixtures?

We offer a line of LED SBHO2 fixtures that our customers love. These are available in 100 Watts, 150 Watts, 200 Watts, 210 Watts, 240 Watt 100-277V, 240 Watt 277-480V, and 300 Watts.

Do You Sell Light Poles for Shoebox Lights?

We do. Check out our light poles for shoebox fixtures. We offer both steel and aluminum options for parking lots that can hold between 1 and 4 fixtures per pole. (depending on the pole type and EPA rating for your area). We can ship our poles to most locations in the lower 48 states.

 

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