LED Fixture Buying Guide

Things to look for when choosing an LED Luminaire

  1.   Optics, LED Lenses – LED Light Distribution Types 
  2.   Light color 
  3.   CRI – Color Rendering Index 
  4.   Lumen Output
  5.   Surge protection 
  6.   Warranty 
  7.   Water resistance & Corrosion  resistance
  8.   Mounting options
  9.   Lighting controls
    1. Photo Cell for dusk to dawn operation
    2. Motion Sensor
    3. 0-10V dimming
    4. DALI
  10.   Accessories 
    1.   Bird Spikes - Designed to prevent birds from landing or setting up a nest on the luminaire  
    2.   Backlight Control Shield – to reduce unwanted glare to adjacent properties    

LED Lighting Projects

Shopping Mall & Supermarket Lighting

The environment you create should be welcoming and engaging

Convenience Store & Gas Station Lighting

Attract drivers in from the road and ensure your customers feel safe while refueling, and enable them to locate products quickly and easily.      

Parking Lot & Car Dealership Lighting

  Showcase your inventory in the best possible light. 

 The light from LEDs will make your  cars look great with true ,vibrant colors!  

Industrial & Commercial Lighting

Improved lighting can impact your manufacturing company in the following ways:

  • Increase productivity
  • Significantly reduce monthly energy expenses
  • Support workplace safety
  • Maximize on state and local incentives
  • Promote positive employee morale
  • Improve facility appearance

Event Lighting

 Installing a quality sports lighting system on your athletic field can provide many benefits to your players and fans, including safety of the athletes, more flexible scheduling for games and practices, and improving the fans’ experience.  

Street Lights

  Providing street lighting is one the most important – and expensive – responsibilities of a city: Lighting can account for 10–38% of the total energy bill.

 A well-designed, energy-efficient street lighting system should permit users to travel at night with good visibility, in safety and comfort, while reducing energy use and costs and enhancing the appearance of the neighborhood.     

Optics, LED Lenses

LED Light Distribution Types

  LED Optics, LED Lenses  

LED lighting is directional compared to HID, (MH) Metal Halide, (HPS) High Pressure Sodium, and Fluorescent lighting which require reflectors to direct the light. Even with a quality reflector there are light losses and as they age and collect dirt the losses are greater. HID bulbs illuminate in 360 degrees, in contrast LEDs are directional lighting, illuminating a maximum of 180 degrees through their primary lens.  

LEDs Need to Focus 

High power LEDs are constantly improving and an increasing number of options are available for a wide range of applications. Such as parking lot lighting, event lighting, architectural lighting and spot lighting. The LED emitter and primary optic on their own cannot deliver enough intensity to the target surface. Secondary optics produce a controlled beam with light rays that are parallel that will bring the full intensity of the LED to the area you need. 

See LED Light Distribution Types 

Also a detailed article in Archtiectural Lighting LEDs: Understanding Optical Performance

If you need help with a lighting solution and fixture recommendations contact Brite Energy Solutions for a photometric lighting design of your project. Contact Tom Knoblock 844-533-2897  



Light Color

Color Temperature - Kelvin

 The three primary types of color temperature for LED lighting are:   

Soft/Warm White (2700K3000K),  Warm light is preferred for living spaces because it is more flattering to skin tones and clothing. A color temperature of 2700–3600 K is generally recommended for most indoor general and task lighting applications. 

Natural White (3500K – 4100K),  is preferred for visual tasks because it produces higher contrast than warm light.    

Daylight/Cool White (5000K – 6500K). Excellent for exterior applications.

The higher the Degrees Kelvin, the whiter the color temperature. 

Specialty Light Colors

Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting -  Red/orange/amber  LED

Green LED Fishing Lights for fishing piers, docks and boats to attracts bait fish.

Color Rendering Index

Color Rendering Index (CRI)

Is a scale from 0 to 100 percent indicating how accurate a "given" light source is at rendering color when compared to a "reference" light source. The higher the CRI, the better the color rendering ability. Light sources with a CRI of 85 to 90 are considered good at color rendering

What is color rendering index?

 In general terms, CRI is a measure of a light source's ability to show object colors "realistically" or "naturally" compared to a familiar reference source, either incandescent light or daylight.