Benefits of LED Lighting
What are the Benefits of LED Parking Garage Lighting and LED Canopy Lighting Applications?
LED garage lights and LED canopy lights provide some excellent benefits for parking garage applications because of how they generate light and how they distribute light. Light emitting diodes generate light via a semi-conductor, as opposed to the consumption of a “fuel source” like in HID lamps. In regards to “distributing” light, LED fixtures commonly utilize “multi-point” sources, meaning the fixtures have multiple diodes with individual optics. When you compare this to the way most HID fixtures distribute light (with a single bulb and reflectors within the fixture), the result is light that is more evenly “distributed’ across a surface.
Common wattages for garage LED lighting often range from 33w to 100w, often resulting in a 40%-60% reduction in energy consumption. The reason for this can be referenced to the “GENERATION” comments above, and can result in savings of up $75 per fixture, per year in electricity costs.
Maintenance Cost Reduction
Again, due to the way LEDs generate light, the way they progress through their functional life is much different. Instead of ceasing to function properly once a fuel source is significantly reduced, LED generated light output degrades VERY SLOWLY over time. As a result, the functional life (often in excess of 100,000 hours) of an LED product can be significantly longer than that of a HID Lamp, which in turn drastically reduces the costs for maintaining an LED canopy light fixture over a longer period of time.
Moving on to the way LED fixtures distribute light, as a result of the multi-point design, commercial LED lighting applications such as LED garage lighting often provide a very evenly distributed light pattern. What this means is that light levels across a given surface will vary less as the distance from a fixture changes. This is compared to HID fixtures, which often produce a “bright spot” directly underneath the fixture with light levels decreasing drastically as the distance from the pole increases. The result, in regards to LED versus HID, is a more even foot candle distribution from the LED conversion. In addition to the even distribution of light, LEDs are available in a range of color temperatures, and as a result provide a range of options to increase the visual perception of “brightness."