Save Big with LED: Parking Lot Lights, Exit Signs, and Occupancy Sensors


Do you have money to burn?

Then don’t read any further.

However, if you are looking for the quickest, easiest way to save on energy costs, an LED lighting upgrade is the answer.  We are regularly seeing annual returns on investment (ROI) of 20-70% on our retrofit LED lighting projects.


In addition to up to 80% lower energy costs, LED parking lot lights offer distinct advantages over traditional HID parking lot lighting.

  • Longer life and more durability than traditional options.
  • Virtually maintenance-free for up to 10 years, reducing expenses from lamps, maintenance, and lift rentals.
  • Easily retrofitted with minimal disruption.
  • Brighter, uniform lighting enhances safety and increases public perception of a clean, well-maintained and modern business.
  • Boosts security camera performance with more accurate color representation and brightness.
  • Directional lighting reduces light pollution and complaints from neighbors.

Example of Savings:

Annual cost for:  20
400 watt
Metal Halide
Parking Lot Lights
129 watt

Parking Lot Lights
Electricity $3,477.60    $975.24
Maintenance to replace lamps and
burned out ballasts
$1,100.00        $0.00  
TOTAL $4,577.60    $975.24
SAVINGS   $3,602.36

(Based on $0.09 kWh and estimated average maintenance costs over a ten year period.)

MVE Group LED Parking Lot Lighting Projects

LED exit signs also have the advantage of dramatically reduced maintenance costs in addition to energy savings. According to, an ENERGY STAR-rated LED exit sign can last 25 years without lamp replacement, compared with less than 1 year for an incandescent sign, and can save approximately $10 per year in electricity costs

Savings you don’t even have to think about.  That’s what lighting controls offer. Occupancy controls can save between 15 and 30 percent on lighting costs according to  Coupled with LEDs, the savings is even greater. Plus, with LED’s instant-on and dimming capabilities, there is no waiting for a light to warm up.

In 2010, the Department of Energy participated in a GATEWAY study to determine the effects of occupancy sensors and LED lighting in two Department of Labor parking garages. According to the report, “The results showed energy savings of 52 percent from the initial conversion of HPS to the LED product, due solely to the reduction in power draw (129.5W for HPS vs. 61.8W for LED). These savings were increased substantially with the use of the occupancy-sensor controls, which reduced the luminaire power draw to 10 percent (6.2W) while in the low state— amounting to a 95 percent reduction over the incumbent HPS system.”

Want to learn more?  Read our Guide to LED lighting: Why LED? Why Now?

How much can you save? For a custom cost benefit analysis, call us at
717-738-2451 and ask for sales.

Happy savings,

Tim Bollinger


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