There are many characteristics that make some commercial LED parking lot lights better than others. These include the product’s Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) or color temperature, Color Rendering Index (CRI), light distribution properties, heat distribution properties, eco-friendliness and earned safety ratings. Our high-quality Viento LED lights include premier characteristics and prestigious ratings from top organizations.
Color temperature defines the color of a light’s glow, which can have a warm or cool quality, ranging from a warm reddish orange to a cool white or bluish color. CRI ratings tell you how an object looks when illuminated compared to when it’s under daylight conditions. The higher the rating, the more the illuminated object looks the same as it does under natural light. Our parking lot lights include best in class Lumileds LEDs with 3000K, 4000K and 5000K CCT with minimum CRI’s between 70 and 80.
Ideal light distribution characteristics should include an exceptional BUG rating. BUG is an acronym that stands for Backlight, Uplight and Glare and it’s a comprehensive system developed by the Illuminating Engineering Society and the International Dark Sky Association. The system’s purpose is to calculate how much light was escaping into unwanted or undesirable directions from an outdoor light fixture. Our LED parking lot lights thoroughly reduce wasted light. They’re Night Sky Friendly and have a Zero Uplight (U0) BUG rating. Add our house side shield optics accessory to also significantly reduce backlight.
An LED lamp’s housing should also help with heat mitigation and keep operating temperature low. Since an LED’s efficiency decreases as the operating temperature rises, it’s critical to control the heat emitted, especially in warmer climates. Our LEDs foster low operating temperature and long life with drivers mounted in direct contact with the casting. Our housing is a one-piece, die-cast aluminum that include integral heat sink fins to further optimize temperature management.
LED technology is also good for the environment, because it lowers carbon emissions and eliminates hazardous substances, such as mercury or lead like you find in HIDs. Metal Halide HIDs use mercury in the lighting process, which is dangerous when it’s inhaled or released into the environment. HID bulbs can also emit substantial amounts of UV radiation, if the outer glass bulb breaks and the inner tube continues to operate without this insulating protection. Unlike LEDs, HID bulbs also require special steps for safe disposal. If an HID bulb bursts, you must put it inside a sealed container or bag and take it to an appropriate hazardous waste facility or recycling center.
Our ratings speak for themselves. Our IP 66 rated LED optics and housing ensure our lights are well protected in any situation and are completely sealed against dust, dirt, environmental contaminants caused by birds perching on the lights, and moisture, even steady streams of water. Our products also bear the ETL Listed Mark, meaning they’ve met the minimum requirements of product compliance and safety standards in North America. These standards are determined through independent testing, certification and follow-up inspections by the OSHA-recognized Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. We also hold an American National Standards Institute 3G vibration rating appropriate for bridge and overpass applications.