In a previous blog, I discussed the use of LED lighting in the high-rise condo market, mainly focusing on the interior portions of the high-rise and the property manager’s responsibility to their tenants. I will be focusing on another section of the typical high-rise condo, parking garages and site lighting.
Parking garage and site lighting are some of the highest energy consumption light fixtures on the property.
The majority of the parking garage fixtures are typically on 24/7 by code requirements. Usually these fixtures are at least 250 Watt Metal Halide and are on 6-8 ft. centers. In the instance of a 5-story parking garage, there could be upwards of 300 lighting fixtures. It is pretty easy to see, just how fast the energy costs can become substantial!
The numerous LED replacement fixtures on the market for this application fall in the 70-80 Watt range. In most applications, a one-for-one replacement can be done and an immediate energy savings are achieved. Once the installation is done, there will be NO maintenance required – NO lamp replacement and NO ballast replacement. When all of these elements add up, energy savings and no maintenance, the Return On Investment is typically 2-3 years. After the ROI is achieved, the installation becomes a positive cash flow generator due to the energy and maintenance costs savings. Last but certainly not least, the quality of lighting is much higher with LED lighting.
Another popular LED retrofit among property managers is site lighting. Site lighting is defined just as it sounds – any type of lighting fixture that illuminates the site. These fixtures could be wall packs, floodlights, parking lot fixtures, etc. The site lighting is essential to safety of the tenants and the overall perception of the property. Most of these current fixtures are in the 200 to 400 Watt range.
An LED retrofit for these fixtures are typically in the 40 to 90 Watt range. As you can see, the energy savings, again, add up pretty quickly. Since retrofitting with LED lamps means NO lamp replacements and NO ballast replacements, the ROI typically less than 2 years.
The biggest impact fixtures in this category have are parking lot fixtures on site. These existing fixtures are typically High Pressure Sodium fixtures that will output a “yellowish” light, a very warm output. This is typically around a 2700-Kelvin temperature.
With an LED Retrofit, the output can not only be a specific color temperature, but it can also be focused on a particular area, without the “hot spots” associated with High Pressure Sodium fixtures. These fixtures also have the ability to dim to a specified level when needed, such as after heavy traffic times. Once again, another energy savings feature, which translates into money savings.
In a high-rise condo the property management firm is responsible for operating the building on a budget, and saving money is at the top of their list of priorities. Money saved from the use of LEDs can go a long way in helping other areas of expenditures.
For more information on LED lighting, contact the LED lighting experts at LED Source®.