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How To Choose The Right Type Of LED Lights For Your Parking Lot


You've honed your craft as a business owner. Your customer service is on point. Product selection is unrivalled, and your facility's layout is 100% conducive to sales.


However, successfully operating a business like yours doesn't start in the aisles and end at the cash desk. Instead, it begins and finishes in your parking lot.


Optimizing your parking lot setup rests on a few factors, with one of the primary ones being quality lighting. First and foremost, lighting helps prevent accidents, illuminating your extended property so pedestrians and drivers can see ‒ this advantage should speak to you, as it will help you avoid any legal issues that could stem from accidents.


Beyond that, well-lit parking lots make customers feel safe, whereas dim settings give people a sense of danger and fear.


Furthermore, quality lighting protects your business from vandals and other potential criminal activity. Those who intend to perform unlawful acts will always veer towards properties with darker lighting to protect their identity.


Next, we’ll examine the three main types of LED distribution, and you can decide which might work best for your establishment: type III, IV and V LED lights.


1. Type III LED Lights


Say your lighting-based needs revolve around roadway lighting, general parking areas, and spaces requiring vast illumination.


In the above instance, Type III distribution will fit the bill.


More specifically, Type III lighting must be located at the side of the area. This way, the light outwardly projects and fills the space, producing a filling light-flow.


The preferred lateral width of Type III light distributions is 40 degrees. It’s meant for luminaries mounted on – or around – the side of medium with roadways or spaces. These areas shouldn’t be wider than 2.75 times the width of the mounting height.


2. Type IV LED Lights


Are you looking for LED lighting to mount on the sides of your building and walls?


Then you’ll want to perform product research on the top Type IV lighting distribution on the market. This distribution type produces a semicircular light, optimal for illuminating the perimeter of parking areas and businesses.


Type IV lighting’s intensity levels don’t change, all the way from 90 degrees to 270 degrees. Laterally, this kind of LED distribution has a preferred width of 60 degrees.


Ideally, you’d incorporate Type IV distribution for side-of-road mounting on wider roadways. Note that the roadway width shouldn’t be more than 3.7 times the mounting height.


3. Type V LED Lights


How does a circular light distribution with the same intensity for all angles sound for your parking lot?


If it sounds like music to your ears, then considering looking into Type V distribution. Its circular symmetry of candlepower is – for all intents and purposes – the same at each lateral angle.


Ideally, you'd use Type V distribution luminaire mounting. This would be done either at or close to the center of roadways, center islands of parkways, and intersections.


Furthermore, these LED distributions are ideal for commercial parking lot lighting. Plus, consider using these in your parking lot where your customers will benefit from evenly distributed light.


Other Factors To Consider When Purchasing Parking Lot Lights


Here are the four critical considerations you should keep in mind when seeking out the ideal LED lights for your parking lot:


a. Watts


Determines the overall light output. The LED chip brand directly impacts brightness, while the LED colour decides the light output.


The quality of materials’ being used also determines the brightness. Different LED bulbs give unique light outputs at equivalent wattages, depending on how they were manufactured.


There is varying wattage ideal for various settings. For example, 3w LED bulbs are often used in lampshades, under benches, candle bulbs and spotlights, while 5w bulbs work best in bedside lamps and wall fittings.


b. Lumens


Measures the overall amount of light emitted by the source. Although two LED area lights share the same wattage, their lumen levels can differ, in which case you can look at use lumens instead of watts to gauge what bulb is brighter


c. Beam Angles


A 120 ° beam angle applies to LED bulbs and LED strip lighting. However, choosing LED spotlights requires plenty of thought about what beam angles work best. For example, a 60 degree beam angle works with 10-feet high ceilings. Conversely, a 24 degree to 30 degree beam angle is ideal for 15-feet-plus ceilings


d. Colour Rendering


This is the light source’s ability to provide colour-reflection on an illuminated object. When the colour rendering index is high, the closer it will be to daylight illumination. Your choice of colour rendering should come down to how often the lights are used


While Knowledge is Power, You Should Still Work with a Professional


When making purchasing decisions, it’s always wise to perform the essential product research to get the most value from your investment. Another way to extract tremendous value from your LED lighting is by hiring a professional to install them correctly for optimal performance.


Sign LITE has a modern fleet of vehicles and equipment ready to service your parking lot lighting in Southwestern Ontario. Our certified technicians are capable and qualified to service, repair, install, or retrofit your commercial or industrial exterior lighting.


Call us at 1-877-884-9950 or reach out to us online to learn more about our lighting services!

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Danny Sullivan
November 30, 2020
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