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The Lighting Center provides shipping port, seaport, and other related LED lighting fixtures for illuminating ports. Now, increase safety and lessen energy usage by up to 75%.

Container ship units and seaports employ large poles for various high-power lights for providing general flood as well as area lighting across the facility. To function well, port lights need a large amount of power but it has been lessened by 75% using Port LED Lighting Solutions from The Lighting Center and more when you employ controls!


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Introduction to LED Intermodal and Container Port and Lights

Container terminals and shipping ports use many lighting poles having various high-power lights. This is to offer illumination to the expansive facility. These lighting fixtures consume tremendous amounts of electricity. However, since the emergence of LED Port Lighting, power expenses have been slashed off by 75%.

LED lamps are employed with semiconductors. These bulbs are designed uniquely for turning electrons into the lighting, which go through them. LED Port lights employ this innovative technology for illuminating terminals and ports while reducing the entire energy usage.


Where Can You Use LED Seaport Lighting?

The safety of a seaport relies heavily upon good lighting. As the name suggests, LED port lights can be used for illuminated container ports and seaports. Ship yards, container terminals, and ports need adequate lighting for ensuring safe navigation, enabling safe docking, unloading and loading of cargos, and safe travels of freights when moving out and in the seaport.

Outdoor Seaport Lighting

LED Mast Lights

So, where you need bright light, LED Mast lights are the perfect option. When one place these lights strategically, they light up a wide space with powerful, broad light beams. This is something significant for container terminals and seaports, where high-intensity illumination is needed for facilitating simple maneuvering and bolstering security.

Also, one can use LED Mast Lights outdoors. Based on the space you like to illuminate, there are two major types of flood-type lighting fixtures to select from: directional and area flood lights. These lighting fixtures are typically classified due to their intensity and the way they brighten up open areas.

You can use Directional Mast Lights for illuminating certain features in a building to enhance the visual appearance. Also, these lights are employed for wall grazing and wall washing. In contrast, Area Flood Lights are employed for brightening up big outdoor spaces, such as terminals, sports arenas, or applications that need high intensity illumination.

As these LED light fixtures are usually installed outdoors, manufacturers engineer these fixtures to endure harsh weather conditions. LED fixtures are tailored with aluminum casings, which helps to shield the bulbs from rain, storms, snow, humidity, and extreme temperature fluctuations.


The Main Types of Mast Lights used at Ports 

Photocell Mast Lights

These lighting options are even called by different names, like photo resistors, dusk to dawn sensors, Cadmium-Sulfide (CdS) cells, or Light Dependent Resistors (LDR). Photocells work almost similarly like infrared sensors that sense the objects’ presence. However, photo resistors detect the light’s presence and decrease or increase resistance to regulate the light’s amount.

When the surroundings have enough light, the resistance decreases and when it is dark or there is minimal light, the resistance reaches its higher levels. The ability of resistors to regulate the light’s amount is quite significant because LED flood lights automatically turn off throughout the day. These lights turn back on at dusk.

PIR (Passive Infrared) Mast lights

Passive Infrared Mast lights employ infrared technology for detecting the objects’ movement, which are 8 meters away. They feature an angle of detection around 180 degrees. These lights are great for safety and perimeter lighting. One can place them in cargo bay exits and entrances.

Once the sensors detect any movement, Passive Infrared lights turn on automatically. If there is no activity or movement taking place, these lights automatically turn off. The best part is that many existing LED high mast lighting fixtures can be tailored either with PIR or photocell sensors. Therefore, you do not need to buy other fixtures for taking advantage of this lighting technology.

Things to Consider for Port LED Lighting

The Ingress Protection (IP) Rating

Ingress Protection (IP) rating refers to an international rating standard. This rating is used for representing the light fixtures’ sealing effectiveness against foreign bodies like dirt, dust, water, and moisture. Every number that comes after the “IP” initials have a particular meaning. The first digit denotes the protection level of a lighting fixture from foreign elements, whereas the second digit denotes the protection level of a lighting fixture from any kind of moisture.

The first digits range from 1 to 7 and the second one ranges from 1 to 9. When a digit is substituted by x, for instance, IP3x rather than IP32 or IP34, it signifies that the lighting fixture isn’t rated for the specification.

The following table clarifies IP ratings further in detail:


First Digit - Solid Objects and Dust

Second Digit – Moisture and Water


No distinct protection


No protection


Solid objects bigger than 50mm – like large tools or hands


Vertically falling water drops or Condensation


Solid objects bigger than 12mm – such as fingers


Vertically dropping water whilethe lighting fixturesare angled around 15° from their regular position


Solid objects bigger than 2.5mm – like wires


Water sprayed vertically at60°


Solid objects bigger than 1mm –such as wires and small tools


Water sprayed from every direction


Dust – however, no large deposits


Low-pressure water jets (from every direction) or water sprayed from a nozzle (6.3 mm)


Entirely safeguarded against dust


Strong water jets or water sprayed from a nozzle (12.5 mm)


Brief immersion (between 15cm and 1m of water)


Extended immersion periods under high pressure

IK Rating

IK rating refers to an international rating, which denotes the protection level a lighting fixture has against mechanical abrasion and the degree to which it could withstand unexpected impacts. This rating ranges from IK01 to IK10.

Lighting fixtures featuring an IK rating between IK07 and IK10 are perfect for high-impact risk surroundings, where these fixtures are vulnerable to mechanical bearings. Lower IK ratings from IK01 to IK07 are applied to light fixtures suited to a low-impact risk area.

The International Standard 62262 (2002) and the European EN 62262 provide numeric classifications to all light fixtures that have been tested, showing the magnitude of impact protection. While buying Seaport LED lighting, it’s significant that you select lighting fixtures with higher IK ratings. So, this ensures that if a fixture gets damaged, it will continue to work before you go for repairs or maintenance.

The Optics

Now, different LED lighting solutions have different optics to provide varied optical solutions. The non-primary optics constitute the radiation and beam patterns. Plus, they maximize the light efficiency. For meeting lighting specifications, non-primary optics enable manifold combination possibilities.

Non-primary optics comprise lenses, diffusers, reflectors, and complete internal reflection lenses. The lenses here are specially designed for collecting light and spreading light beams evenly at a dense angle while the reflectors then redirect the light beams for illuminating at a large angle. The entire internal reflection lenses help to gather and process light.

LED lighting solutions for high-voltage requests feature lenses manufactured with polycarbonate or acrylic. These lenses boast premium mechanical strength, incredible optical features, strong thermal stability, premium water absorbing ability, and superior thermal connectivity.

High-power flood lights feature both TIR lenses and lenses to provide higher light consistency and improved optical efficiency. Several flood lights feature reflectors for eradicating glare and spill light and for achieving a specific beam pattern.

Color Temperature

Sometimes, it is quite hard to define what color temperature is. This is because color doesn’t have a temperature in actual terms. However, color temperature basically is the temperature of the light color created by a lighting source. Usually, color temperature is indicated on the bulb and packaging box for showing how dim or bright a bulb is.

Correlated color temperature comprises of a numerical value that follows the “K” letter, which denotes the Kelvin scale. This scale is employed to measure color temperature as it features the capability for measuring items with higher or lower temperatures. The Fahrenheit scale and the Celsius scale are just able to measure items with a restricted temperature range. They feature sensible figures for usage on the earth.

Astronomers make use of this scale because it provides higher numbers, such as 6000 degrees as well as lower numbers, such as 0.010 degrees. These digits can be difficult for human beings to comprehend. However, in space, temperatures are a colder and hotter than earthly temperatures. Hence, there is a need for the Kelvin scale.

Fluorescents and HIDs have a restricted color range. However, LED lighting options cover a wider light color range. In industrial and commercial areas, the bulbs used usually have a color temperature ranging from 3000K to 6000K. Spaces like ship assembly lines, docking yards, and loading bays that need brighter light should use the lights having a correlated color temperature ranging from 5000K and 6000K.


Color Rendering Index

If you like to see how the objects’ color will appear under a lighting source, you should examine its color rendering index. When the color rendering index falls below 65, the lamp would not reveal the actual colors that show how the matters appear in actual life. That’s because the lighting source’s color rendering index against that of a correct lighting source, such as the sun that features an incredible CRI of 100.

When the CRI of a bulb is pretty nice (80-90), the color of an object it lights will appear nearly real. When the bulb’s CRI is incredible (above 90), the colors will look as they would when it is illumined by the sun.

So, seaports require lights with a higher color rendering index for ensuring simple offloading and loading of cargo, simple movement of cargo, and simple navigation on waters. Even when bulbs are powerful, they’ll maintain the suggested foot-candle levels for enough lighting. When they do not, accidents are likely to happen.          

The Lighting Center supplies seaport, shipping port, and all related lighting fixtures to illuminate your ports. Reduce energy usage by 75% and increase safety.
Last Updated: 04/16/2021

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