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.

Local lighting
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.

Differentiating LED Quality and Cost

IES seminar at Steiner Electric

The U.S. LED market is flooded with a variety of products that can vastly differ in terms of quality and cost, and purchasing LEDs based solely on price could be a bad idea with long-term consequences.  At an upcoming seminar at Steiner Electric, learn how some LEDs do not have the same color consistency, light output or cost effectiveness as would other higher-cost, higher-quality LED lamps.

According to the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the U.S. market is being bombarded with low-cost LED luminaires that “produce blobs of light rather than [offering] precise optical control.”

Naomi Miller, an award-winning lighting consultant and researcher, will Naomi Millerexplore optical control and LED light quality at a May 24 IES seminar to be held at Steiner Electric in Elk Grove Village. The presentation is titled: Does Anyone Care about Luminaire Light Distribution?

The talk will examine where and when light distribution matters, and how it affects visual comfort and visibility, not to mention visual composition, for indoor and outdoor applications. It will also address glare metrics, and how the distribution of luminance across the luminaire itself may affect the glare response, even though that is not included in the glare formulae.

Miller is a researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory after spending 10 years as the principal designer for Naomi Miler Lighting Design in Troy, NY, where she won more than 30 architectural lighting design awards for projects ranging from churches to university science buildings, boutique hotels, supermarkets and parking lots. She is the author of numerous papers on lighting, chaired the Illuminating Engineering Society’s (IESNA) Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for the IES’s Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings. She is a Fellow of the IESNA and Fellow of the IALD.

The event will take place at:
Steiner Electric (Training Center)
1275 Touhy Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM

General AdmissionIES MemberStudent
$20$15$5

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