Ever since the creation of the commercial light bulb in 1869, the world of lighting technology has constantly evolved. One of the biggest changes currently taking place is the transfer of traditional lighting sources, such as metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS), to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.
The sudden influx in LED lighting for businesses is not without good reason, however. Business owners are starting to realize the many advantages that LED lighting has over MH and HPS lighting, including:
LED lighting has a longer lifespan (50,000 hours or more, compared to 15,000 to 35,000 for MH and HPS)
LED contains no mercury, lead, or other disposal hazards
LED turn on instantly without run-up time or restrike delay
MH & HPS technologies improve incrementally, while LED technology is improving very rapidly
LED lighting conserves more more energy, cutting down energy bills for companies, resulting in a greater ROI.
In addition to all of these advantages, perhaps the most important perk is how LED lights make your business look. With proper placement of LED lights in your parking lot, you will increase the curbside appeal of your business, catching the eye of anyone driving or walking by and entice them to come in and see what your business has to offer.
Safety of Your Parking Lot
First and foremost, having LED lighting in your parking lot will let the areas of your parking lot be visible. By not having certain areas of the parking lot properly lit, you could be putting the patrons of your business in danger.
By properly illuminating your parking lot with LED lighting, you’ll be ridding your business of any potential crime happening on the property, along with an increased overall feeling of safety by your customers. People will most likely choose to go to a business whose parking lot is well-lit compared to one that isn’t, making the well-lit parking lot more attractive than the other.
The most important component of utilizing LED lights in making your parking lot more attractive is the placement of the lights. As mentioned before, too much space between lights can leave dark spots in your parking lot, which decreases safety and doesn’t make your parking lot seem that attractive.
Not only does the placement of the LED lights help with general illumination, but it can also assist in showcasing different elements. For example, if you have a car dealership, you can use LED lighting to shine a mini-spotlight on a certain kind of car you’re showcasing - again, making the overall atmosphere of your parking lot more attractive.
By implementing LED lighting throughout your parking lot, you will not only decrease the amount of money your business spends on energy each month, but you will increase the curbside appeal and attractiveness of your business. For more information on parking lot lighting, request a photometric analysis today.