All You Need to Know About LED Wall Packs
Wall packs are essential fixtures that illuminate buildings, making them urban and industrial beacons of light. Whether you are adding brand new lights or upgrading from metal halide, using LED wall packs will offer you super brightness at incredibly low power draws. Commonly found mounted on outward facing walls, they provide illumination to ground areas frequented by vehicles and pedestrians. Here are some quick specs of the Hykolity LED wall pack:
- Available in 30W, 40W, 60W, 80W, or 120W
- 3900 – 15600 Lumens
- 5000K White
- 90x110° Beam Angle
- UL/cUL Listed for Wet Location
Visibility & Security
When it’s dark out at night and you are expecting trucks to arrive, the drivers are going to need to know where they’re headed. Wall packs are set above loading docks and driveways in warehouse settings for this reason. Once drivers get their reference point, they’ll know how to safely park since they can see everything around the loading docks. Wall packs can also be set above doors, so patrons know where to enter the building.
Whether it’s a warehouse or an alley, wall packs improve the surrounding area’s safety. Anytime you’re walking alone you can depend on the lights to keep other figures visible, so nothing takes you by surprise. If an emergency arises, paramedics can swiftly and safely respond thanks to the enhanced visibility.
The semi-cutoff form is our primary offering, which yields a 90x100° beam angle. This means the LED lighting shines 90° forward and 100° sideways simultaneously, covering vast and wide spaces. Also called a forward-through wall pack, its polycarbonate lens is shaped with a sloped angle to give the traditional boxed shape and make the dual angle shine possible.
If you plan on using a smart system in your building, you can take advantage of the dimmable driver. Dimming the LED wall pack is useful in situations when there's no activity. By setting up a low-output standby mode, you'll save you even more on your energy bill while adding smooth transitions to full brightness when activity is detected.
The following are common applications of LED wall packs. They include (but are not limited to):
- Storage Spaces
Different levels of brightness have different applications. This is an important factor because getting wrong fixtures will result in eye strain or inadequate lighting. See the chart below for a reference.
|Lumens||3900 lm||5300 lm||7800 lm||10400 lm||15000 lm|
|Usage||Porches, backyard patios and walkways||Warehouse doors, alleyways and carports||Warehouse doors and alleyways||Driveways and loading docks||Loading docks and adjacent parking spots|
Read on to discover more answers to common questions people like you ask. If this all sounds good already, order your LED wall packs now!
1. Damp/Wet Location Rated
This is arguably the most important aspect when shopping for wall packs. Since these lights are meant for outdoor use, you need to make sure it can keep water and dust out. Does it have an IP rating? Is it UL/cUL/ETL listed for wet locations? Look for these distinctions when finding the right LED wall pack for your building.
The measure of brightness is lumen, a term seldom used to describe fixtures. Companies have been using wattage to describe lights for decades, which is still the case today. Regardless, you'll need to look at the lumens when shopping for brightness. The bigger the area you need to illuminate, the brighter the fixture must be. See below for suggested mounting heights for each level of brightness.
Does your LED wall pack have a photocell? This module automates the on/off functionality; it'll only turn on at night when it’s dark and shuts it off when light is detected. A photocell saves you money on your bill and the hassle of turning your wall packs on and off manually.
Each of our LED wall packs includes a photocell for your convenience.
4. Motion Sensor
Depending on how you want to use it, you might want a motion sensor built into your light. Like a photocell, it mechanizes the on/off functionality and saves you money on your power bill while preserving the LED wall pack’s longevity. It will also provide safety to your premises. The difference is it detects movement as instead of the presence of light.
Traditional wall packs use metal halide lighting and comparatively, they rank poorly against LED lighting. MH wall packs are highly inefficient because they lose about 30% of its lumens within the reflector. Moreover, most of their output is wasted as heat. Lastly, metal halide wall packs will flicker as they reach the end of their operating life, resulting in eye discomfort. LED wall packs bypass these issues and run at a comparatively low wattage. They have a 130 lm/W efficacy, meaning it has a high brightness to wattage ratio. In turn, you'll enjoy long term savings like lower electricity bills and long fixture lifespan.
Your mounting height should be based on how bright your LED wall packs are. You don’t want a fixture that’s meant to light up a loading dock right above your door! The brighter the wall pack, the higher you mount it. The 40W wall pack has a 5000 lm output, which is enough to light up doorways. At 60W/80W, you’ll get an output of 7500 and 10000 lumens respectively, capable of lighting up garage door ports. A 120W unit yields 15600 lumens, which can light up loading docks. Refer to the image below for exact heights.
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