Buyer’s guide to the right wall pack for commercial building

Buildings recruited for business require ambient lighting around their exterior as much as indoors. The lighting layout in these areas, helps with visibility at night, security and safety of people and vehicles around the building. It is essential to have a lighting setup for outdoors when it comes to commercial as well as residential buildings. Wallpacks are ideally compact light fixtures which provide light around areas closer to ground which need light for security, safety and visibility such as parking lots, pathways or gardens. They are mounted on the exterior walls of any important building be it commercial, industrial or residential.

Uses of wall packs

Lighting options for exteriors typically involve flood lights as they have a broad beam angle but for a specific lighting close to building parameters, LED wall packs are essential. These fixtures enhance the ambiance as well as allow the user to have full access over the light layout for their own advantage.

For architectural lighting

This is a common application of wall packs where these small light fixtures illuminate different features of any building as some of the commercial spaces require highlighting special features of the building. It’s an effective branding technique and attracts potential customers. In most cases this is done around buildings which are a tourist attraction. The different kind of architectural lighting which can be achieved by these fixtures are:

Facade lighting

This kind of lighting is usually done towards the front exterior of the buildings to highlight logos, entrances or pathways. This kind of lighting is highly beneficial in terms of branding as it defines the purpose of the building. Not only that the area around the building can help sustain various other infrastructure which requires lighting as well and help with adding scenic elements.

Spot lighting

Landscape lighting is done in many ways which is a major requirement to run a successful business. Spot lighting is one of the largely impactful kinds of landscape lighting as the light is entirely focused over a certain spot within a fixed beam angle. LED wall packs have different cut off designs which makes it easier to illuminate any spot.

Highlighting

Highlighting or accentuating of the light is done in several ways around any exterior. For example, highlighting is done around the plantation or any important monument which is around the building. The variation in cut off designs and integration of different CCT allow different highlighting options.

Tips for choosing wall packs

There are certain tips which help narrow down the basic requirements for a wall pack for any location. These are excellent supplement lighting alongside flood lights. Check this link to select the most suitable wall pack for your application.

Planning a layout

The layout is like a key. It is essential to plan a layout for the parameter which requires lighting. Wall packs are easy to install on the wall surface on top or their sides, as these are compact fixtures which are available in different customisations i.e mounting brackets. A layout of the area which requires lighting helps determine the right number of fixtures to reach a certain level of illuminance without disrupting the usual processes in the area.

Choose LED lamps

Traditionally HID or HPS lamps are of use for wall pack fixtures as they are brighter. But they are quite inefficient and have damaged the diverse use of this fixture. As they consume a lot of energy and yet fail to provide the expected standard of lighting. LED lamps however have proven to be super efficient in every way. They have a set standard when it comes to bright and efficient lighting with sustainable features which eventually lower maintenance costs while also providing many other benefits.

Check wattage and voltage

The wattage and voltage rating of the fixture is the first thing one should check despite the lumen output as different areas have different divisions. Lumens is a measure of brightness so the lumen output can vary which determines the wattage and sizing of the fixture but for best function it requires appropriate running voltage.

Select the appropriate IP rating

As the wall packs are outdoor fixtures they need to be Ingress protected against all harsh elements present outdoors which are: fluctuating weather conditions, chemicals, dust, rain etc. The IP rated fixture is safe against pressure exerted by water even at the rate of 100-150Pa. These fixtures are available in three IP ratings: IP65, IP66, IP67 for larger fixtures larger IP ratings are used.

Find the appropriate beam angle

LED wall pack lights allow this customisation where the beam angle is selected to create a certain layout. This customisation allows a lot of variation for accentuating or highlighting.

For example, the beam spread can be narrow, wide, narrow flood or flood. It gives a lot of space to just create a lighting layout to enhance visibility at night for ease of pedestrians, passerbys or people living close by.

Choose from different designs

Wall pack lights are available in varying designs. The fixture is compact and has sleek and often decorative finishes. several cut off variations control or direct the amount of light leaving the fixture. With LED wall pack lights it gets easier to assess the need of the area and the cut off designs comply with local regulations for exterior lighting.

Select the lumen output

The lumen output is the measure of brightness. It is determined by calculating the layout. Lumen output helps in creating the uniform light layout for outdoors without any interference.

With total lumen output it is easier to decide the number of fixtures and the distance between each fixture.

Using sensors and photocells

Wall pack light fixtures allow usage of sensors and photocells specifically if they are used for security reasons. It helps in minimising energy usage. Photocells detect light then automatically switch off the fixture and switch back on around dusk. Whereas motion sensors are helpful in places around security cameras as they light up immediately when they detect any motion.