Expert parking lot lighting installation can represent significant savings in the operation of a storefront business or other commercial enterprise. Not only does good exterior lighting provide for a safe environment for existing customers and staff, but a professional parking lot lighting installation can also attract new clientele into an establishment. A well-lit and inviting exterior space provides an instant positive impression to potential patrons. Misso Electric lists important considerations when undertaking a parking lot lighting installation project.
What Kind of Lights are Best for Parking Lots?
Historically, HID lighting has been the most common light type but efficient LED lights have gained popularity over the years. While they may cost more initially, the savings in energy, maintenance bulb life more than justify this higher initial cost.
Pole Positioning; How High Should Parking Lot Lights Be?
Thoughtful consideration should be given to the actual positioning of the poles in the lighting grid. The type of bulb, reflector (if applicable), wattage and height of light placement all play key factors in determining how many and where poles will be needed to adequately light the space. For parking lights, the mounting height should be in the range of 12 ft. to 20 ft. and in some cases can reach up to 35 ft.
Aesthetics of Parking Lot Lighting
If you are upgrading existing parking lot lighting, it is likely that the original poles may now appear tired and outdated. If your goal is to modernize the exterior of your commercial premises you may want to consider replacing the existing poles with new ones. Depending on the type of bulbs used to illuminate the parking lot, light color can also influence the overall aesthetics of the finished project.
Does Parking Lot Lighting Need Surge Protection
It is important to note that even LED lights can be affected by electrical surges. Surges will cause wires and components to overheat, melt and lead to short circuits. Therefore, when planning your parking lot design, it is important that proper surge protection be part of the installation. This will save you on energy costs as well as future lighting grid maintenance.
Commercial Parking Lot Lighting Consultations, Installations, Repairs, Maintenance & More in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Tonawanda, West Seneca, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Lockport & Greater Strykersville, NY
Selecting the right electrical contractor for your parking lot lighting installation is easy as Misso Electric is standing by to meet all of your commercial and residential electrical needs. Be it a new installation, upgrading an existing lighting grid, or maintenance on failed or damaged lights, our licensed, trained and skilled electricians have the experience, and equipment to get your lighting operating safely and cost-effectively. Call us to schedule a consultation for your commercial parking light installations or other electrical projects today!