Due to the unique characteristics of LED lights, they are becoming more and more popular for commercial and industrial applications, especially for outdoor lighting. LED's are more durable, reliable, and need little to no maintenance.
An advantageous factor is their long lifespan, which can last for as long as 50,000-100,000 hours. With properly designed fixtures, LED lighting can operate in all environments, and are much more energy efficient than conventional light sources.
Without filaments or glass enclosures, LED's are damage resistant and largely immune to vibrations and other impacts. Traditional lighting is usually contained in a glass or quartz exterior, which can be susceptible to damage and other issues. This makes commercial LED lighting and industrial LED lighting a smart choice.
In many parts of the country, a good portion of the year has cold temperatures. LED's love the cold. At low temperatures, higher voltage is required to start fluorescent lamps, and luminous flux (the perceived power or intensity of light) is decreased. In contrast, LED performance increases as operating temperatures drop. This makes LED's a perfect fit for outdoor applications such as parking lots and wall packs,.
Lower Maintenance Costs
Unlike incandescent, HID, and fluorescent lighting, LEDs don’t “burn out”, they merely dim over time. Quality LEDs have an expected lifespan of 50,000-100,000 hours or even longer, depending on the quality of the lamp or fixture. A typical incandescent bulb lasts only about 1,000 hours; a comparable compact fluorescent lasts 8,000 to 10,000 hours, and HID clocking in at around 10,000 hours. With a longer operational life, LEDs can reduce the labor costs of replacing bulbs in commercial buildings and facilities, achieving a lower maintenance lighting system. A magnetic ballast used in traditional industrial lighting like HID, HIF, HPS, and metal halide wear out fast, requiring expensive servicing or replacement.In a recent LED retrofit project, a commercial property company was looking to upgrade existing parking lot lighting and reduce the energy consumption of the exterior of the building. The results were excellent, and the benefits undeniable. By replacing just 25 fixtures, they reduced annual maintenance costs down by $1,100. In addition to the savings, the new LED fixtures improved lighting quality across multiple parking lots in various locations. Ultimately, the investment in LED lighting increased visibility and safety while lowering energy costs.