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Common Parking Lot Problems
Most of the parking lots serviced by FSG have similar problems. Their large parking areas are illuminated by only a few outdated fixtures. For facilities that were built when metal halide or mercury vapor lights were in fashion, the contrast between their parking lots and newer lots filled with LED lighting is dramatic. For business owners, insult is added to injury when the electric bill comes and reveals that inferior lighting is more expensive than brighter, cleaner, customer-pleasing LED.
Security Delivers Business Profits
It really doesn’t matter that law enforcement officials report fewer crimes in well-lit areas. The fact that customers won’t shop where they don’t feel safe should be your number one reason to explore a better parking lot lighting solution. For malls, retail stores, car dealerships, airports, restaurants, movie theaters, and downtown parking structures, upgraded parking lot lighting makes customers feel safer and delivers profits for your business.
In the case study below, Ingram Park Mall saved over $30,000 each year in energy costs by switching to LED lighting for its parking lots. And that number is not a fluke. FSG customers have saved up to 80% on their overall energy consumption after working with our expert parking lot lighting contractors to find a facility solution that works for them. We’ll get to work finding all available energy rebates and programs offered by municipalities, service providers, and manufacturers to immediately save you money.
Before & After Parking Lot Lights
Drone shots of this Parking Lot before (left) and after (right) the LED Lighting Retrofit project by FSG.
Parking Lot Lighting Retrofit: Ingram Park Mall
Watch the dramatic before and after images of Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio, TX. FSG used Acuity lighting to not only create a dramatic difference in the exterior lighting but create energy savings that will pay for the project in a few years.
If you consider that replacing old lighting can reduce your energy bill by 50-70%, retrofitting your parking lot lights to LED can drastically reduce your operating expenses.
In a recent study in NYC, it was found that improved parking lot lighting reduced crime by 39%.
The study was conducted in a public housing area that had a record for nighttime crimes in the area. Improved environmental design has also shown an improvement in crime reduction in commercial areas like malls, restaurants, and hospitals.
Since there are normally a small number of people in a parking lot compared to the inside of a mall or hospital, parking lots have become a likely location for criminal activity. Adequate parking lot & parking garage lighting continues to be one of several deterrents to criminal activity.
Parking Lot Lighting Services
FSG is your single-source, turnkey provider for products and services that can immediately upgrade your commercial parking lot lighting while decreasing your OPEX expense. Our services include:
Our lighting experts can customize a lighting solution with proper light levels that supports your business and stays in compliance with all applicable municipal guidelines.
Lamp & Fixture Replacement
LED Lighting Retrofit
LED lighting delivers immediate improvements to your parking lot. LED immediately lowers energy costs as well as reduces maintenance costs for your business.
Light Pole Repair & Installation
Parking lot light pole electrical repairs are difficult without proper equipment. When light poles are damaged and need repair, or when you want additional light poles for your lot, our commercial electricians are ready.
Service & Maintenance
Our teams are located right in your backyard. We can provide emergency service and proactive routine maintenance for your parking lot lighting.
Rebates & Incentives
There are many Federal, State, and Local utility rebates and incentives offered to businesses that upgrade their parking lot lighting to LED. Our team will help identify the rebates and incentives available in your area.
FSG’s parking lot lighting solutions are perfect for:
Reasons to upgrade your parking lot lighting
Parking Lot Light Fixtures Are Burned Out
Burned out or malfunctioning lights need to be replaced. Some people think that burned-out lights aren’t using any electricity. But if the lamp is burned out, the ballast is still drawing power. Often, this is hard on the ballast and can cause it to fail prematurely.
Have a plan in place in advance to address burned-out lights. If you plan to upgrade an old burned-out metal halide, high pressure sodium, or mercury vapor lamp with a new LED, it often makes sense to change out the rest of your old parking lot lights.
You Have Uneven Lighting Coverage
Unevenly lit and dark parking lots can cause problems for your business. Every inch of your parking lot should have proper light coverage for your safety and the safety of your customers and employees.
A lighting expert can help you get the right lamps, fixtures, and an overall design that delivers the best coverage for your parking lot. Commercial property owners have a responsibility to provide a safe and welcoming environment in their parking lots.
Reduce Lighting & Energy Costs
Traditional parking lot light fixtures are more expensive to operate and maintain. Review your energy bill to get an idea of how much you spend now.
If you consider that replacing old lighting can reduce your energy bill by 50-70%, retrofitting your parking lot lights can dramatically reduce your operating expenses. LED lighting can provide energy savings for business owners and commercial property owners and managers.
Improve Security In Your Parking Lot
Dark parking lots attract crime, putting customers and employees at risk. If you have a high crime rate in your parking lot, you could lose customers. Even if the crime rate in your area is low, if your parking lot looks unsafe your customers will assume the crime rate is high.
Criminals prefer operating under the cover of darkness, so keeping your lights on goes a long way toward protecting your business, employees, and customers.
Reduce Maintenance Costs
Old lights require more maintenance than you might think. Legacy high-intensity discharge lights such as metal halide lamps have more issues with ballasts and burn out more frequently than updated LED lights.
As these lamps get older and generate more heat, the arc tube deteriorates and can rupture, which can cause the outer glass bulb to break as well.
Rather than using inefficient lights that require more time and attention, upgrade to energy-efficient lights that last much longer. Your overall maintenance costs over time will drop dramatically once your upgrade your parking lot lighting to LED.
Rebates & Incentives Are Available
Many utility companies across the country offer rebates and incentives to businesses that are upgrading their parking lot lighting to LED. These lighting rebates and incentives help to improve ROI on projects and can help pay for the project.
You can search a database of available rebates and incentives in your area on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency website or learn more here at our blog.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions of our team.
LED is the clear winner for property owners looking for superior parking lot lighting. LED offers customization to fit your needs, long life, lower maintenance, and repair expense, and dramatically lower monthly energy usage when compared to traditional legacy lighting options.
Most customers report energy savings of between 50-70% once they make the switch to high-efficiency LED parking lot lighting.
If a vehicle has damaged one of your light poles, call a licensed electrician as soon as possible! Once a commercial lighting contractor is on-site, they can quickly assess the problem and safely get the pole back in service.
Whatever you do, do not disturb the area where the pole was damaged. If the pole is leaning and is a potential hazard to your customers or employees, barricade the area around the pole so that if it falls, there are no vehicles damaged or people injured.
The specific number of light poles you need to properly illuminate your parking lot is determined by a certified lighting expert. When you call FSG, one of our lighting experts will conduct an audit of your property to determine current foot candle values, the proper number and placement of lighting fixtures, and the ideal lumen levels that will deliver safety and security for your customers and employees at night.
A footcandle is a lighting measurement that relates to the amount of light on the ground beneath a parking lot light. This is not the output of the light, but rather the result of that output, and it can vary according to a number of environmental factors.
We Are Where You Are
Whether you need help next door, or in the next state, FSG’s parking lot lighting manufacturers provide parking lot lighting & parking garage lighting solutions for you nationwide.
FSG has offices and branches across the United States that can get the job done. Ask our team about how our parking lot lighting contractors can help you solve your lighting challenges.
FSG National Accounts
Our National Accounts team is available for companies with multiple locations across the United States.
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Just as a recap, we wanted to highlight some of the benefits of upgraded parking lot lighting:
- Reduce energy usage and cost savings, usually a 50-70% savings
- Higher quality of light from a 5000 kelvin fixture
- Reduced future maintenance costs with the longer life LED fixtures
- Increased light levels in the parking area
- Improve the safety of customers and employees
- Return on Investment (ROI) is usually under 24 months
- Increase customers to your business with brighter, safer lots