How to Cut Your Parking Lot Lighting Costs in Half

How to Cut Your Parking Lot Lighting Costs in Half

Parking lot lighting is essential for any commercial property. It makes customers and employees feel safe—and not just feel safe; good lighting across a parking lot absolutely reduces both crime and accidents. It also helps make your property inviting and easy to find after dusk.

The downside: it runs up a big light bill. Keeping a parking lot well lit can cost businesses into the thousands annually.

It doesn’t have to be that bad. In fact, you can cut that light bill in half—or more. And with the non-residential energy efficiency rebates and incentives offered by utility companies across the U.S., property owners often find that the cost of upgrading their lights can be covered by the first year or two of energy cost savings. (See if your utility provider offers rebates for energy efficient lighting upgrades.)

So, what are your options?

Converting Your Existing Parking Lot Lights to LED

If your fixtures are in good shape—if the only problem is that they’re eating you alive in energy costs—you can save yourself the trouble of installing new lights on your poles by simply retrofitting them to accept LED lamps. It’s still going to require a bucket truck and an electrician, but without having to remove and replace an entire pole head, it requires just one electrician. Your electrician will simply do a one-time wiring adjustment, eliminating the ballast that’s currently sitting between the main power and the socket, then screw in the retrofit lamp. Years from now, when the LED bulb finally reaches the end of its lifespan, no electrical work is required for re-lamping: just unscrew the old bulb and replace it with a new one.

LED Parking Lot Light Fixtures

Maybe your fixtures are aging. Maybe they’re not spaced correctly. Maybe you’re doing new construction—an all-new parking lot—and starting from scratch with your lighting. For this, you’d look to new LED shoebox or flood light fixtures. The operating cost savings with this is at least as good as with the retrofits, but you also get brand new durable and stylish housing that offers greater separation between the LEDs and the driver circuitry and a larger heat sink. Both this separation and the heat sink extend operating life, which means even fewer bucket truck rentals over the property’s lifetime.

Our 320W Brightline LED shoebox fixtures are perfect 1:1 replacements for the 1000W metal halide parking lot lights commonly seen at car dealerships and shopping centers. We also offer a whole range of lower-wattage options for smaller lots and other outdoor area lighting applications.

Take a look at what’s available both for converting existing fixtures and installing all-new ones—shop our latest in LED Parking Lot Lights & Retrofits.

Talk to the Experts

The ELEDLIGHTS team has ample experience with both retrofits and new fixture installs. For conversions, we can walk you through everything you need to know. For new fixture installs, we can also get you great pricing on light poles and smart lighting controls, if they’re needed for your project. And if you’re building a new lot, or unhappy with the lighting in your existing lot, we can develop a light plan to ward off shadows and dark spots that might encourage crime, contribute to accidents, or tarnish your property’s appearance. Contact our team at lights@eledlights.com, (215) 355-7200, or through the Live Chat at the bottom corner of our website.