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The term “wall pack lights” describes the outdoor lighting that is commonly mounted on the outside facing walls of buildings. Wall pack lights are generally used to provide a wide swath of illumination to high-traffic ground areas. But, they also function well as an added layer of security for property owners. It is not uncommon to see multiple fixtures mounted on a single building or wall, providing even lighting to building grounds. And, in fact, this type of lighting is the most common commercial outdoor lighting solution. 

If you own or manage, any type of commercial facility with wall pack lighting, chances are that they are some type of high-intensity bulb, like a metal halide light or high-pressure sodium bulb. The reason for this is because high-intensity bulbs are bright, which makes them perfect for both security and safety purposes. The problem with this is that these bulbs burn out quickly and consume a lot of energy.

There are 4 types of traditional HID bulbs used in exterior wall pack lights:

 

Metalhalide

Metal Halide

Fluorescent Bulb

Fluorescent

Halogenbulb

Mercury- Vapor

Highpressuresodium

High-Pressure Sodium

There are 4 types of wall pack lights:

  • flood style
  • semi cutoff
  • full cutoff
  • Up-down

Exterior Wall Pack Lights outperform HID lights in terms of

  • lower utility bills
  • higher quality light output
  • length of life
  • reduced maintenance
  • reduced heat emission

Three Benefits of Using LED Lighting 

It’s no secret that LED lighting technology has surpassed the capabilities of conventional lighting in many ways, some of which we’ve already touched on. In addition to some of the things we’ve mentioned above, there are three general benefits of LED lighting that apply to all lighting applications, not just wall pack lights. And keep in mind that these are just a few of the benefits of LED lighting, not all of them. If you want to read more about all the different advantages LED lighting has over other types of commercial and industrial lighting, you can do so here. 

Decreased maintenance requirements. 

One of the often forgotten benefits of LED lighting is its low-maintenance requirements. LED lights have a lifespan that is four to forty times longer than conventional bulbs. This means fewer replacements for bulbs that wear out, and less time spent changing them. 

LED lighting technology also generates light differently than more common filament lighting. This means that there are fewer moving pieces to break and, consequently, fewer repairs or replacements. And in the unlikely case that an LED light does break, you don’t have to worry about any special disposal techniques. LEDs don’t contain any harmful fumes or gases and aren’t made of glass. So just sweep up the remnants, and throw them in the trash. It’s that easy (for LEDs). 

 Maintenance is an especially important consideration when it comes to industrial lighting or warehouse lighting.  Wall pack lighting most often has higher mounting heights, which means that changing a bulb requires, at a minimum, a ladder and, in some cases, specialized hydraulic lifts. All of this adds up in the form of maintenance, labor, and equipment costs. The lifespan of industrial LED lighting means that fixtures need to be changed much less often, which means savings for your bottom line.

 

Quality over Quantity. 

LED lighting for wall pack lights typically scores better in a head-to-head comparison against most other bulbs when it comes to color rendering index (CRI), correlated color temperature, and foot candles. We’ll go more into detail about CRI later, but for now, it is a measurement of a light’s quality. LEDs always have a higher CRI score than other types of bulbs, which is especially important for color rendering. 

Color temperature, which we will also get more into later, can generally be described as the glow given off by a bulb. It’s usually denoted by either warm (reddish-brown) or cool (white and blue) color tones. LEDs offer color temperature customization, which helps you control the atmosphere of the space, while still ensuring that the light is bright enough for precision tasks. 

And last but certainly not least, foot candles. Foot candles compare and contrast the amount of light coming from a source and the amount of light hitting the desired surface. And, similarly to efficacy standards (you guessed it, we’ll talk about this later as well) they’re basically a measure of efficiency. LED bulbs, unlike more traditional options, are directional and therefore have improved foot candles. 

 

Increased energy efficiency. 

This is perhaps the most well-known benefit of LED lighting. LED lights were literally engineered to be efficient. And as a result, they offer significant energy savings over other types of lighting, especially in large scale applications. There are many factors that make LED lighting more energy efficient than other types of lighting, and not all of them relate to energy consumption. For example, LED lights generate light differently than other bulbs. They are inherently directional, and as such can help eliminate lumen loss that occurs when a light particle is reflected. 

And, as we briefly discussed above, LEDs have a higher CRI rating than most other types of lighting. As with most things, with a higher quality of light, you need less of it. Between less energy consumed, lumen output consistency, and lower energy consumption, LEDs are truly the most energy-efficient lighting solution on the market.

Exterior LED Wall Packs 

How to Choose The Best Wall Pack Lights for Your Facility 

Look At the Lumens

If you’ve shopped for any type of lighting in the past, chances are the stat that you paid the most attention to is watts. But, when you’re switching to LEDs, watts are not the best comparison point. This is because watts are a measurement of energy consumed, and LEDs were designed to be energy efficient. LEDs can produce a shine equivalent to your existing HID fixtures while consuming much less energy. 

With this information in mind, the best way to find an LED light has a similar light output as your existing fixtures is to pay attention to the lumens. Lumens is the actual measurement of light output and therefore is the best way to determine brightness.  

 

Why lumens?

Lumens tell you the amount of visible light a bulb or fixture produces. A LED bulb, or any bulb from any source, that emits more lumens appears brighter than one that generates fewer lumens. And, unlike watts, you can compare lumens across different products. With LED, it is well known you need fewer lumens than other light sources because, for the most part for many reasons, but primarily these three:

LED light is directional

LED light is higher quality light

LED light degrades a lot slower than traditional light sources

Use Motion Sensors

Motion sensors are often overlooked in commercial lighting because facility managers can just turn lights on and off when they leave. But, they shouldn’t be. Switching to LED lighting is a great way to cut back on energy costs, and motion sensors are an easy way to achieve even bigger savings. However, not all types of lighting work well with motion sensors. Luckily, LEDs do. 

LED is instant on and instant off. It works perfectly in unison with motion sensors. 

LED can dim. So you can choose to dim or turn the light completely off

Do you really need lights turned on at 100% at 3 am?

Use Photocell Timers

Photocells are basically automatic on and off switches. They turn on at dusk and off at dawn, using their lighting-reading photocells to determine whether or not there is a need for supplementary light.  There is no need for timers. There’s no need to have a person in the room. Photocells adjust to daylight and night time all on their own. Having the lights on only when they are needed and off when they aren’t, will lower your utility bill and reduce your maintenance costs. And coupled with a motion sensor and LED lighting, photocells can help take your energy savings to the next level.

Make Sure They are Wet Rated

Wall packs are not to be installed outdoors. If you’re looking for large-scale indoor lighting for a commercial facility, we would suggest high bays or Shop Lights. But if you’re looking for outdoor lighting, these are a perfect choice. And with any outdoor lighting, there is rain, snow, sleet, and hail. All of which are not typically considered friendly to lighting. So to make sure your lights last a long time, whether they are wall packs or any other type of exterior light, they should be wet rated.

A wet rating can be found by looking for IPXX on the product spec sheet. Make sure it is IP65 to IP68 rated. IP65 is more than enough for normal weather conditions, but IP68 lights can be fully submerged in water.    

Keep Dark Sky Compliance Needs in Mind

What is Dark Sky Compliant? Dark Sky Compliant lights are lights that do not cause night glow and therefore do not disturb the natural environment around them. All products approve,d in the program are required to become fully shielded and to minimize the amount of blue light in the nighttime environment.Many communities require dark sky compliant fixtures, especially those in rural or coastal areas. 

So what fixture should you choose? Full Cut off and some semi-cutoff fixtures. These lights direct most if not all their light downwards. Avoid flood style wall packs, which cast a wide and bright shine, which is ideal for security but is not Dark Sky Compliant.

LED Wall Pack Lighting Plans – Get it Right before you buy

Why are lighting plans important? They allow you to see your area and how it would look under LED Lighting taking the risk out of buying. We can easily run different options with our lights, and provide you with the proper information and guidance. We’re here to save you money with LED. But it’s as important to get the lighting right. 

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LED Wall Pack Considerations

Full Flood

Semi Cutoff

Full Cutoff

Full Cutoff Wall Pack 1

Adjustable Head

Photocell Equipped

Efficacy (Lumens Per Watt)

Luminous efficacy is a true measure of a bulb’s efficiency. It indicates the number of lumens produced for every watt of electricity consumed. LEDs are more efficient than traditional bulbs with higher luminous efficacy. Although, in general, high-quality LEDs have great efficacy ratings. Higher efficacy ratings is also one of the reasons why, when comparing LED lights to other types of bulbs, watts are not the best way to go. 

Although LEDs with higher efficacy are more expensive at the onset, they are also more efficient than other LEDs ( and considerably more so than other types of lighting). And, because of this higher efficiency, you’ll see even more savings on your energy costs. So, although the initial investment is slightly steeper, you’ll earn your money back even quicker. 

 

Wet Location Wall Packs

IP rating designates a fixture’s ability to keep out both dust and water. The first digit of the IP score designates dust protection, the second designates water protection. A water protection score of 5 or above helps protect your fixtures from water intrusion.

* What IP Rating do you need?

IP65 is all you will need for most applications. However, in extreme environments such as shipyards or oil rigs, you might need IP67 or higher.

100V – 277V

277V – 480V

 

High Voltage LED WallPacks – up to 480V

Are you trying to replace fixtures that are higher voltages, 277V to 480V? We have solutions that cover these higher voltage installations. Our constant current drivers handle everything from 100 Volts up to to 480 Volts. We can handle single or 3-phase power as well. Talk to our sales engineers and we can get your lighting situation taken care of.

* 480V High Voltage Options

Our higher voltage solutions handle both single-phase and 3 phase 480V installations. If you have a voltage above 277V, tell our sales engineers so we can specify the proper driver.

4000K

5000K

Color Temperature Options

 

We briefly discussed color temperature above, but now we’ll go into a little more detail. Color temperature measures the tone of a light source using Kelvins. The Kelvin scale (pictured on the right) is a measurement of color temperature. Bulbs with a low color temperature produce warm light (in the red, orange, and yellow spectrum). And, those with a high color temperature produce cool light (in blue and white spectrum).

Generally speaking, warmer light temperatures are better for retail spaces and other areas where you want to have a welcoming atmosphere. Cooler lights, on the other hand, are better for precision tasks and help improve employee productivity. We offer both 4000K and 5000K fixtures for outdoor lighting. Not sure which one you should select? We can help!

Wall Pack Lighting CRI

 

light bulbs cri
We have also mentioned that LEDs have a higher CRI than other bulbs. And what is CRI? Well the color rendering index is a measurement of how well a light source will reveal the colors of items compared to sunlight (the ideal light source). When it comes to HID lamps, people most often complain about one thing: poor light color. And although we believe that poor lifespan and rapidly deteriorating lumen output is their biggest challenge, the poor color quality is the most noticeable.

Light color is important in all applications, but especially outdoor applications. It has a huge impact on clarity and contrast, which is important for both safety and security purposes. The majority of our Wall Pack fixtures are offered between CRI 70 and 85, but we can special order almost any CRI you might need.

Motion Sensors and Photocells

Motion Sensors and other controls reduce lighting costs by turning off or dimming the lights when people leave the area.

PIR and microwave motion sensors can turn the lights on when motion is detected and off / dimmed when no activity is detected. To dim, these fixtures need a 0-10V dimmable driver. Unlike traditional lighting, dimming LED fixtures is relatively simple and does not affect the life of the led fixture.

And if you’re trying to save additional money, nothing saves more money than off or 10% lit.

Light Pollution

light pollution
In simple terms, this means inappropriate and excessive artificial light. Light pollution negatively impacts the natural environment and can damage the surrounding ecosystem. LEDs are easily made Dark Sky Compliant, which helps combat the four measures of light pollution. Light pollution is composed of four components that may overlap or mix.

Light Trespass: Light falling where it is not needed or intended. Exceeding the borders of a specific area.

Glare: Excessive bright light which causes visual discomfort. Too much glare can affect visibility

SkyGlow: Artificial light generated upwards, lighting up the night sky

 Light Clutter: Excessive groupings of light sources that are bright and confusing. Often found in over-illuminated urban areas. Light clutter can contribute to sky glow, glare, or light trespass.

Many areas have certain requirements regarding light pollution. Especially urban areas where dark-sky compliance is important. Consider full cut-off or semi-cut off fixtures for these applications.

Reduced energy and maintenance costs

Reduce energy costs up to 75%

Our energy-efficient outdoor wall-packs reduce commercial costs and become practical and sustainable. With energy savings up to 75%, you can reduce a tremendous amount of energy consumption. LEDs have longer lifespans. We can add motion sensors to turn off or dim the light source when no activity is detected.

Decrease maintenance costs

Our efficient LED wall packs have L70 ratings that last upwards of 100,000+ hours. Less bulb replacement saves costs in many commercial facilities.

LED Wall Pack Lights 

If you own or manage a large commercial or industrial commercial facility and need exterior lighting, LED wall packs are the natural choice. They’re energy-efficient and have a long lifespan, with minimal maintenance requirements. And, they allow you to have complete and total control over your custom lighting setup. By now, you should have the wherewithal to determine whether or not wall pack lights are right for your needs, but if you have any questions, just reach out to us or your local LED lighting specialists. Regardless of which type of lighting you go with, LEDs will be a huge improvement over any existing fixtures. 

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