LED Parking Lot Lights Grow in Use

 

Cities around the world are switching to LED street lights as a way to save both energy and money. The LEDs have a significantly longer life expectancy than other types of lights, resulting in fewer replacements and lower costs associated with maintenance.

In the U.S., LED’s used in area/roadway lighting have achieved 28.3% market penetration nationally, with parking garage fixtures achieving a 32.5% market penetration.

Even Chicago is embarking on a Smart Lighting Project. The project’s goal is to replace 270,000 of the city’s light fixtures, which now use less efficient high-pressure sodium lamps, with new LEDs. In addition, the plan calls for the installation of a state-of-the-art lighting management system that enables remote monitoring and control of the City’s outdoor lighting system.

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Parking garage and canopy lights are large fixtures that are designed to be rugged and adequately light a space for navigation and safety. Photo: Eaton (Cooper)

In the Chicagoland area, Steiner Electric is a leading distributor of outdoor LED lighting and controls. We have a vast inventory of lamps, controls, retrofit kits, and other lighting related items from leading suppliers including Philips, Eaton (Cooper), Lithonia, and RAB.

Lithonia’s D-series of LED lighting for parking garages and canopys.

For instance, the Lithonia D-Series LED Parking Garage luminaire provides energy savings of 88% when replacing 175W metal halide luminaires. With an expected service life of over 100,000 hours (10+ years of 24/7 operation), up to five metal halide lamp changes are avoided over the life of the product. All of this adds up to quick paybacks and a very low total cost of ownership.

In addition to stocking products from the leaders in the lighting industry, Steiner also employs an experienced and dedicated cadre of experts who can help determine the best lighting plan for your applications, including those concepts spelled out in the DOE database.

An outdoor lighting snapshot

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Snapshot report on LED outdoor area lighting is based on the agency’s LED Lighting Facts database. The Website features areas of growth such as outdoor area/roadway luminaires (including street lighting and wall packs), parking garage luminaires, and canopy luminaires such as those used for gas station fuel pump areas. Retrofit kits and dedicated luminaires in these categories are not considered separately, as only in the area/roadway category did retrofit kits make up a notable percentage (8%) of the products listed in the category.

Among the key findings in the Snapshot are:

  • Outdoor area lighting remains a major component of the LED Lighting Facts database, and of the lighting market in general. Combined, the three types of outdoor area luminaires considered in the Snapshot make up about 26% of the database.
  • LED outdoor area-lighting products are available in a wide range of outputs and color characteristics, allowing the specifier to match the needs of the project.
  • At any given output level up to the equivalent of 1,000 W HPS (about 100,000 lumens delivered), LED products are available with substantially higher efficacy than that of their conventional counterparts.
  • There is a wide range in efficacy for LED outdoor area lighting products.

For a closer look at the findings, download the full report.

To help you better understand the available outdoor lighting  options, contact your local Steiner lighting consultant by calling 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) or visit one of Steiner Electric’s convenient locations.

Retrofitting Street Lighting with Energy Efficient LED Lamps Reduces Costs

Now that the weather is warming up, it is the ideal time to upgrade to the latest energy-saving outdoor lighting technology. With the upcoming autumn season comes reduced sunlight. Because of this, street lights are on overtime throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Cities should start inspecting or optimizing their lighting before the fall hits. While maintaining and changing lamps, it’s the perfect time to assess new lighting system options. For instance, poles may need to be replaced as well as fixtures to more energy efficient LEDs.

Cobra Head OLD streetlight Lighting fixture
Typical existing HPS/MH Cobra Head

Energy Efficient Lighting Reduces Carbon Footprint

Many local streetlights today have fixtures that are about 25 years old and may perhaps be in dire need of an upgrade that can save cities money through the installation of more energy efficient lighting systems. More and more people are moving into cities, continuing the ever-increasing growth of urban areas across the country. This population boom causes a city’s carbon footprint to rapidly grow along with it. Switching from High Pressure Sodium  or Metal Halide to LED lighting solutions can help mitigate the production of environmentally harmful carbon byproducts brought about by exponential population expansion.

As cities continue to develop they will be required to provide long-term livability solutions through infrastructural changes. LED lighting is the next evolutionary technology for cities to adopt moving into the future. Many cities, including Chicago, already have started plans on installing LED lighting systems.

LED StreetLight Fixture
LED Street Lighting fixture

Over 25 million streetlights in the US consume 40% of cities’ electricity use, equal to 2 million households each year with CO2 emissions equal to 2.6 million cars. Changing all US outdoor lighting to LEDs could prevent the emission of as much as 90 million metric tons of CO2.

Why LED Lighting Systems

Why is LED Lighting so attractive? LEDs have significantly decreased operating costs and simultaneously increased the lifespan and efficiency of the fixture. Making lighting more energy efficient is known as lighting retrofitting. Although switching to LED lighting alone can result in 50-70% energy savings, it is not sufficient enough to meet global targets for savings and sustainability.

Adaptive and inter-operable lighting is essential to bring cost and performance improvements to a next level of significance. Enabling LEDs to dynamically change lighting levels in response to local conditions can generate total system energy savings of up to 80%. These responsive or “Intelligent” sensor lighting systems allow for lighting to be activated only by motion, saving money and improving efficiency.

To learn more about energy efficient lighting solutions or to speak with an experienced lighting application consultant about an Energy Audit call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).