Snapshot Reports

The Snapshot Reports are an analysis of the dataset underlying the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) LED Lighting Facts Product List. These reports are designed to help retailers, distributors, designers, utilities, energy efficiency program sponsors, and other industry stakeholders understand the current state of the LED lighting market and its trajectory.

July 2014 Snapshot: Outdoor Area Luminaires

Featuring: Area/Roadway Luminaires, Parking Garage Luminaires, Canopy Luminaires and Directional Luminaires

LED outdoor area lighting has been a major component of the LED Lighting Facts® database since its inception. As of July 1, 2014, area/roadway products alone comprised 23% of the database, with the other three product categories featured in this report comprising approximately 7%. Compared to the previous Snapshot report on the same category (July 1, 2013), outdoor area lighting products make up a notably larger proportion of the total LED Lighting Facts database, indicating a particular high growth rate for these categories.

This report focuses on outdoor area/roadway luminaires, parking garage luminaires, canopy luminaires (e.g., those used for gas station fuel pump areas), and outdoor directional luminaires (e.g., flood lights, accent lights, wall packs). Although the aforementioned products are grouped together in this report as “outdoor area lighting” luminaires, the included products may be used in applications that are not strictly outdoors (e.g., parking garages). Highlights from this report include:

  • The efficacy of outdoor area light¬ing products continues to rise, with mean performance now around 80–90 lm/W and the most effica¬cious products around 120–150 lm/W.
  • Likewise, lumen output has contin¬ued to increase. For example, there are now several listed products with lumen output comparable to a 400 W HPS streetlight. This is a notable change since the last Snapshot report on this product category, which was published one year ago.
  • Early LED outdoor area lighting products were often known for their higher CCTs (e.g., 6500 K). Today, 4000 K and 5000 K are the most common, and mean CCT has shown a continual downward trend.