Parking structures present a challenging environment for lighting. The illumination system must accommodate both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, endure harsh operating environments, and address public safety considerations as well as lighting quality issues, all in the most economical way possible.
Security is one of the most critical issues facing the owners and operators of parking facilities today; and lighting is one of the best ways to increase safety and reduce crime in parking structures and outdoor lots.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), parking structures consume about the same amount of electricity per square foot as commercial buildings. For sites like parking structures that are open 24 hours a day, traditional lights are typically replaced every two years. By contrast, LED lights will be replaced only every 10 years on average.