Retrofit Post Light to LED

By falyn_eaden

Retrofitting your current post light fixtures is a great way to reduce your maintenance and energy cost. Metal halides and other high pressure sodium fixtures offer light that we are used to but the cost of operation just isn’t economically friendly. So, why settle? Retrofitting your post light fixtures to LEDs offer you the best of both worlds. Same color. Same lumens. Better efficiency. Better economically. So let’s change your post lights. But first thing is first.

What Is a Post Light?

Post, or pole, light is an outdoor lighting fixture where a light source sits on top of a post, or pole. These lights are used to illuminate a variety of different areas. It is important to know what type of post light you have for a few reasons. You need to know what color temperature your lights are (K), the amount of lumens they produce (Lm), the wattage (W) and their equivalent (listed below). This makes for a more accurate selection when you are shopping for its replacement.

Tulips
tulip post light fixture
Lanterns
Lantern post light fixture
Acorns
Acorn post light fixture

Pendants
Pendant post light fixture
Squares
Square light fixture
Spheres
Sphere post light fixture

What Are My Options?

Replace the fixture

When converting to LED technology replacing the entire fixture is a good option when considering long term application. This is because the new fixture is made to be used with LED technology rather than being altered to use the technology.

Retrofit

If you don’t want to change your entire fixture because of its aesthetics or for different reasons, another option is retrofitting your current fixture to handle LED technology. Retrofitting is when you take out the workings of the existing fixture and replace them with different materials to make it more energy efficient. One way to retrofit your post top light fixture is with a LED corn bulb. This is the simplest way to accomplish a more energy efficient fixture. You open your fixture, screw your new bulb in, and close the fixture back up. The only tools necessary for this job are those in which would open and close your existing fixture.

Common Application

Typical applications for post top lights are to add specific area lighting in parks, parking areas, walkways, campuses, residential, and other gathering areas. The wattages used are usually one of the options below. Double check your fixture to ensure you are getting the correct wattage equivalent. If you already know your current fixtures wattage, click the LED equivalent.

LED Wattage
Metal Halide Wattage
Incandescent Wattage
50-75
150
75-100
225
125-150
300
225-250
450
275-300
600
350-400
750
450-500
1150

Now that you know how to retrofit your post light to LEDs are you ready to convert?

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