Auto malls and car dealers are embracing energy efficient LED and Induction Lighting for their outside lighting for car lots and parking. Auto malls are an energy-intensive industry, with dealer parking lot lighting consuming about 110 kBTU per square foot, compared to prime office space at 93 kBTU. Many studies exist online where an auto mall replaces 1,000w metal halides with Induction lighting.
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To improve the efficiency of exterior lighting: Install Induction Lighting systems for lots and facade lighting. Generally, induction lighting systems are preferred over metal halide because of the long life, 100,000 hr rated life expectancy, the industry best 10-year warranty and they render colors better, improving the appearance of the inventory.
They also have a lamp life of 100,000 hrs. or approx. 20 years (If they are on 12 hours/day/ 365 days a year). Compared to MH or HPS lamps, which have an average life of 15,000-24,000 hours, Induction parking lot light fixtures will have significantly less bulb and ballast changes resulting in substantial maintenance savings
The typical savings on converting a 1000 watt Metal Halide to a 400-watt Induction lighting system can be as much as 60%.1000 watt Metal Halide fixtures are typically found at new and used car dealerships, in mall parking lots, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.
However, if you don’t want to purchase a whole new fixture and want to reuse the existing one, another option is to use two-200 watt rectangles side by side which fits inside a 23″ shoebox fixture.
1. How high is the fixture?
2. How long has the fixture been in use?
3. Is the fixture providing direct or indirect light?
4. Is the fixture lens in good condition or is it yellowed/browned or rusted
The lens may be unusable causing a significant amount of light loss. Also, the fixture may be so badly degraded that the fixture may need to be replaced and a retrofit may not be possible.
If the fixture is in good condition and above 30′, then a 400w Induction retrofit kit or 400w LED retrofit kits are suitable replacements.
Many local utility companies offer rebates for replacing HID fixtures like Metal Halide (MH) and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) with Induction Light (IL) fixtures. In many cases, the rebate amount for Induction lighting is double the amount given for the newer Pulse Start Metal Halide lamps.