Parking garages equipped with LED lighting play a big role in the safety of our vehicle and person. The other day when I was parking my vehicle, the garage was dark and I asked myself “Do I feel safe and will my vehicle be safe?”
Garages with well-illuminated areas help to deter crime. However, dark areas, commonly associated with inefficient fluorescent or High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting, can signal a safety issue and prevent a motorist from selecting that garage. Using LED lighting in a parking garage will not only help in providing a sense of safety, but will also lower operating costs.
With the technological advances made in solid state LED lighting technology, retrofitting an existing fixture is easy. It is also one of the fastest ways to increase the bottom line and improve safety by eliminating premature outages and dark areas. A great example would be the C2D LED fixture by Lighting Science. It has no ballast, thus eliminating the buzzing sound commonly heard in HID fixtures, and has a life span of 85,000 hours, which means no relamping. The C2D uses up to 66% less energy than a metal halide fixture and provides a better illumination.