Being nervous of dark corners and unlit passageways is a normal human response. In fact, many people choose to travel out of their way rather than face walking and parking in areas not properly illuminated. Such a normal response is, in fact, backed up by data outlining the threats darkened areas like parking lots have.

According to the Urban Institute Justice Policy Center, locations most prone to car crime such as theft include large parking facilities and surface lots with inadequate lighting and poor surveillance. For business owners and property managers, one of the best ways to help guests and employees feel more secure in visiting your location no matter the weather and time is to provide ample parking flood lights and additional pedestrian lights that will safely illuminate the path from their car to your front door.

Parking Flood Lights Defined

Broadly defined, flood lights are any type of exterior-designed lighting fixture that’s been designed to illuminate a large area — in other words, they flood an area with light. Because they are almost exclusively used outdoors, flood lights are built to be durable and withstand every range of weather conditions, including high winds, rains, and extreme temperature fluctuations.

Flood lights designed for open parking lots and the top of garages are also often designed with integrated solar panels. After all, since parking flood lights are only going to be used in the dark, it makes good financial sense to have them charge via the sun during the day and then use that energy at night to emit light.

Benefits of LED Parking Lot Lights

To go solar or not to go solar isn’t the only big decision when it comes to choosing what type of parking lot lights to add to a given space. Another big decision purchasers will face is the type of lighting to use, with the most popular choices being HID (High Intensity Discharge) or LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights. The following is a quick look at the big benefits in favor of LED parking flood lights and why so many consumers are opting to install this style over the rest:

  • Energy savings. Thanks to improvements in today’s technology, super bright LEDs now mean property owners and managers can get a 150-watt LED parking flood light to serve as a direct replacement for a 400-watt HID one. In other words, for the same illumination, the energy consumption of an LED is nearly 40% of that of an HID.
  • Instant on & cold tolerant.  LED flood lights turn instantly on without any flickering and can create both focused and omnidirectional light. They can do this whether it’s -30 degrees Fahrenheit or 130 degrees. This makes them significantly more versatile and reliable than HID parking flood lights, which require five to ten minutes of warming up, can only create omnidirectional light, and can be slow to effectively operate in extreme weather conditions.
  • Even distribution and better color rendering. Traditional HID light fixtures create a very bright spot directly beneath its fixture but then that light drastically decreases the further one walks from that bright spot. Furthermore, HIDs have a low color-rendering index of 5 to 93 CRI, which refers to how accurately (or poorly in this case) a given light source reveals the true color of items. In contrast, LEDs are very true to colors, offering an average of 80 to 95 CRI, and resolve the ‘bright spot’ issue due to their providing a more even distribution of light.

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Here at Titan LED, we’ve completed numerous new installs for parking lots. We’ve seen what a difference it makes for a business and its customers. Check out an example here, and then give us a call to learn how we can help you too.

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