Steps to Proper Parking Lot Lighting

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Steps to Proper Parking Lot Lighting

Lighting in parking lots isn’t just to help people find their way to their cars after dark, although that is its primary purpose. In fact, when the lighting is done right, it also helps keep people safe and aids in identification of criminals with help from low-light cameras. Typically, parking lot lights will be on thirteen hours a day every day, 365 days a year, so as a business owner, you want to save as much money as you can on parking lot lighting while still offering that lighting and protection. From your friends at Rancho Electrical, here are some steps you can take to get the best of both worlds.


When choosing which luminaires to use in your parking lot, it is important to keep in mind the size and shape of your lot as well as its proximity to your neighbors and residential homes. Wide bright lights cover lots of ground, but it can cause “light pollution” to flood into the windows of homes nearby, leading to possible complaints and installations of luminaire shielding that can reduce the efficiency of your installations. You may also like the style of one luminaire but find that foliage and trees would block most of the useful light – when in doubt, ask the professionals at Rancho Electrical for which luminaries would work best for both form and function.

Cost-Effective Technology Selection

It’s important to judge the cost-effectiveness of your lighting system before you install it, and Rancho Electrical can assist you with that. According to the US Department of Energy’s guide to parking lot lighting, you should judge the initial costs versus the lifetime cost savings to determine which system would work best for you. Rancho Electrical specializes in LED lighting. While typically a larger investment upfront, LED lights use less energy and can last up to ten times as long as incandescent lights of equivalent lumens, leading to a reduced annual power bill and overall lifetime savings.

Special Features

Luminaires can come equipped with several extra features that can help keep costs low. Usually the cheapest option, photosensors can detect when lighting conditions are sufficient for the light to turn on (although these sensors can read a false positive on cloudy or snowy days). Astronomical timeclocks can adjust the settings of the luminaire electronically, accounting as well for daylight savings time. And multi-level controls can enable complete programming on your luminaires to give the right amount of light any time of day.

Looking for professionals to help you light your parking lot? Contact Rancho Electrical for all your commercial lighting needs today. We’d love to answer any questions you may have.

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