When it comes to illumination, parking lots and garages present a challenging environment. This is because the illumination system must accommodate both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, address public safety concerns, endure harsh operating environments, and consider lighting quality issues.
The wrong lighting system, for example, can cause excessive shadows in parking areas, which is a safety hazard to pedestrians and motorists trying to navigate barriers and obstacles.
In the past, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) light fixtures have been used to ensure a bright and well-lit pavement, as it is one of the few fixtures that can emit light on a wide scope.
The downside is that it costs a lot of money because of its huge energy consumption. You can just imagine the electric bill you would have to face each month for the HID lights alone. Since there will be more than one fixture within the parking lot and garage, one can expect a staggering electric bill.
Some businesses opt to use low fixture mounting heights to achieve the desired illumination at a lower cost. However, this will require more fixtures to be used, resulting in glare problems.
Such concerns, however, have been resolved with the use of LED lights, a fixture with better features and more benefits.
Higher Color Rendering Index
One of the best companies in the market for LED lighting is Worldbond. Their LED lighting output can rival that of other LED and HID counterparts. Worldbond LED’s, in general, offer a superior choice in parking lots and garage lighting because their LED’s have a higher color rendering index.
Because of LED’s higher color rendering index, you get a truer white light than an HID lighting fixture is capable of. It provides more accurate colors, making it a perfect lighting option for true color as in car dealerships. It has brighter illumination without the high energy consumption.
The LEDs’ wonderful white light will not change or fade over time. Rated to last much longer than traditional HID lighting fixtures, you don’t need to change lamps frequently, reducing cost in manpower and labor. In fact, it has a life expectancy of 8 to 20 years
Lower Energy Costs
In addition to having a brighter illumination, LED lights have lower energy consumption saving more than 50% in consumed energy. As an example, a traditional HID system with a 150w Pulse Start Metal Halide (PSMH) lamp, uses 185 watts, but its equivalent LED system only uses 70 watts. Given that the HID only has life hours of 15,000 while the LED has 60,000 hours, an overall savings of 63% can be realized.
Lower Maintenance Cost
Because of its higher life expectancy rate, you will be able to save on maintenance costs. If you don’t need to replace bulbs more often, you won’t have to hire people to do the work. There is no need to take care of LED bulbs either. You just need to make sure they are protected against harsh elements to prevent premature damage.
With an illumination equivalent to or greater than HID lamps, expect heightened visibility in and around parking lots and garages. No need to worry about excessive shadows or being unable to see all the parked cars clearly.
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