But there's still plenty we need to cast lights on for safety and mobility at night. Busy roadways, parking lots, parks, home and building exteriors ... outdoor lighting is a common and important part of modern living. And with the growing popularity of LED technology, we can do so with less need for energy production and maintenance too.
So we thought we'd review the different types of outdoor lighting available with a focus on the upgrade to LED lighting.
Damp Rated vs Wet Rated
Here's an example of one project developing roadways that provide lighting only when cars are present.
Now that we've covered the basic points above, let's discuss the different applications for outdoor LED lighting.
Pole or Bracket Mounted LED Lighting
At the top of a pole, you'll have a direct mount arm or, less commonly, a slipfitter. The direct mount arm extends the light source further from the pole and hosts a cobra head or shoebox LED fixture, directing light downward on a relatively specific area. This extension from the pole is important because sometimes you'll have more than one arm extending from the pole, allowing you to cover more area from a single pole. Even with just a single arm, however, this can help extend the light over the area where it's being used -- for instance some parking spots -- rather than in the grass where the pole is cemented in.
You can also use a slipfitter atop a pole, though these are more frequently used on brackets extending from the side of a building. In the case of a pole, you may need a pole adapter (sometimes called a tenon). The slipfitter slips over the top and is tightened against the pole or bracket with a screw. You can then mount some type of outdoor LED floodlight fixture onto the slipfitter for general lighting. Unlike a direct mount arm, the slipfitter can pivot to direct the light where needed.
Cutoff wallpacks, on the other hand, keep the light at or below the level of the fixture, addressing the problem of light pollution. These come in both full cutoff and partial cutoff options. A full cutoff wallpack keeps light close to the building, ideal for lighting a walkway alongside the building; a partial cutoff wallpack sends light further out and can complement other parking lot lighting, for instance. Depending on the proximity of a neighboring property, either one could be appropriate to keep light off someone else's property.
LED Canopy Lighting
In these settings, it's possible to have recessed lighting as you would indoors. But often you'll find canopy fixtures being used. These hang down from the canopy rather than being inset, although as you can see with some of these LED canopy fixtures, the profile stays very close to the overhead covering and almost appears to be a recessed light when compared with older and larger canopy fixtures.
Landscape LED Lighting