LED Light Classification- Learn about the Classes of Light

Posted by Gabriel C on 3/15/2017 to LED Parking Lot Lights
LED Light Classification- Learn about the Classes of Light

LED Light Classification- Learn about the Classes of Light

Some of you might not know that LED lights come in as much as 5 classes or types. Each class or type has its own purpose.   The short description is that as you increase the class the light angles become wider.  In this blog we will discuss in detail about the classes of light distribution to give you a clear idea about the type you can choose to illuminate your space in a better way. 

Since LEDs are already especially efficient and bright, most of our LED Parking lot lights fall in the class IV wide angle range.   This ensures a wide light and with LEDs you will still get plenty of light at the ground.

Type I Lighting

Type I is a two-way lateral distribution having a preferred lateral width of 15 degrees in the cone of maximum candlepower. This type of light distribution is ideal for paths, walkways, and sidewalks. The lighting is ideal to be placed near the center of the pathway. There are two principal light concentrations that are placed in opposite directions along a roadway. 

Type II Lighting
Type II is very specific to wide angles but not out, or mainly for LED Street Lights. It is also used for long and narrow lighting. This type of lighting is meant for lighting huge and larger areas and mostly it is located near the roadside. You'll find this type of lighting mostly on smaller side streets or jogging paths. These lights have a width of 25 degrees that make the light spread on larger spaces easily without dispersing it. 

Type III Lighting 

Type III lighting is used for parking areas and other areas where a larger light is required. These areas also include basketball courts and other grounds. This light needs to be placed in the side or corners of the area so that the light can fill the whole arena. Type III light distributions have a preferred lateral width of 40 degrees which makes it easier to fill the light in all parts of the space.

Type IV Lighting  

This type of light produces a semicircular light below it.   LED Shoebox Lights. These are best for illuminating all the boundaries of parking areas and business spaces. The intensity of the Type IV lighting has the same intensity at angles from 90 degrees to 270 degrees. These lights produce more lumens. 

Type V Lighting 

Type V lighting produces a circular distribution that distributes light equally at all angles. This distribution has a circular symmetry of candlepower that is essentially the same at all lateral angles. For parking areas as well as LED Basketball Court Lights these work great.   Anywhere in the Class III-V range is good here. 

These are the 5 classes of lights that are available in the market. You can choose the one depending on the requirements. If you have to illuminate larger spaces, you can choose the class I and class II lighting. It all depends on the space you have to illuminate. If you want brighter light in small spaces, you can choose any of these to make your home look bright. 


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