Thursday, April 17, 2008

Commercial Parking Garage Lights

Commercial parking garage lighting is a critical element of facility safety and security. Selecting and installing these commercial parking garage lights requires attention to many details that characterize effective lighting and energy savings. Easy Rack specialists will answer any serious inquires at no charge if you have questions about lighting levels; glare shields, lumens per watt efficiency, and optimal horizontal and vertical foot candle levels. In all honesty, these considerations must be carefully studied first before making any purchase, as not only front-end pricing, but also lamp life and power consumption over long periods of time determine cost effectiveness.

Easy Rack offers you three standard types of commercial parking garage lighting fixtures and a complete line of parking lot lighting kits. We sell High Intensity Metal Halide Fixtures and High Pressure Sodium Lights, and we also furnish a wide range of fluorescent lighting fixtures. Each fixture type offers unique advantages that must be considered in terms of cost, commercial lighting quality, and the size of your parking garage.

Metal Halide Fixtures
Metal Halide commercial parking garage and HID flood lights are the most lamps used in parking garage lighting. Metal Halide fixtures represent a mid-range price point and offer exceptional quality in visual lighting effect and color rendering. However, they have the shortest lamp life (only 10,000 hours) and the lowest lumens to watt efficiency rating.

Nevertheless, of your primary concern is quality, and you have the budget for frequent lamp replacements, metal halide lights will prove an excellent light source for your parking garage.

High Pressure Sodium Fixtures
High Pressure Sodium lights feature highest lumens per wattage output and are the most energy efficient choice for lighting large commercial parking garages with high ceilings. This is because large garages typically have heavy beam supports and other obstructions that pose a potential hazard to drivers. It is important too fully illuminate the front vertical surface of any potential obstructions with HID (High Intensity Discharge) fixtures located at or near the top of the vertical cube.

High Pressure Sodium fixtures represent a very cost effective source of commercial parking garage lighting. Although they rate very low on the color-rendering index, this is normally not an issue in industrial facilities where high lighting levels, minimized replacement costs, and safety are far more important concerns.

They are also the least expensive fixtures in terms of initial purchase price point and are ideal for large corporations requiring dozens, of not hundreds.

Fluorescent Fixtures
In warm climates where cold weather and extremely low temperatures will not affect ballasts during winter, fluorescent commercial parking garage lights offer both an optimal price point and optimal savings on power costs for companies on tight budgets. Fluorescent lights also give you the very best color rendering of any lighting fixture and feature a lamp life of 20,000 hours. Fluorescent lamps are nearly equivalent to high-pressure sodium lights in cost and consume the least amount of power.

In terms of short-term savings on the front end and long term savings on the back end, they are the most economical source of commercial parking garage lighting.

Glare Reduction and Safety
To bring not only the brightest levels of lighting in your commercial parking garage, but also to create the safest possible environment, be sure to talk to your Easy Rack specialists about the many ways we can minimize hazardous glare. High Pressure Sodium and Metal Halide lights can be ordered in cutoff, semi-cutoff, and refractor style designs that will distribute the light evenly down the vertical cube and evenly light your horizontal space with a minimum of hazardous glare.

Glare reduction depends greatly on how you design the parking lot lighting system itself. The size of your garage, the height of the ceiling, the amount and type of vehicle traffic, pedestrian presences, and the architecture of your parking garage (underground, above ground, multi-storied) all represent critical factors that must be carefully balanced so your parking area has the brightest possible light with the least amount of glare.

Make sure that you ask your Easy Rack specialist for a referral to a designer who can help you who can help you find the answers to these questions and install your commercial parking garage lighting system. Also, keep in mind that all three fixtures types can be obtained in good quality, used condition, so you don’t necessarily have to go with the lowest-rated fixtures to save money when you work with Easy Rack.

Easy Rack carries a wide variety of parking lights, athletic and sports field lighting kits, tennis court lighting, material handling equipment, commercial lighting, commercial parking garage lighting equipment, commercial grade Christmas lights, used pallet racks, and modular buildings installed nationwide. If you cannot find what you are looking for call us toll free at 1-888-776-3720 and we will find it for you.

Our Texas office is located in Houston with regional hubs and warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states including Memphis, Tennessee, Baltimore, Maryland, Irving, Texas, Amarillo, TX, Brownsville, Texas, Grand Prairie, TX, Pasadena, Texas, Fort Worth, Texas., El Paso, Texas., Charlotte, N.C, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Seattle, Washington, Boston, Massachusetts, Denver, Colorado, Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky.

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