Category: Photometric Lighting Design

Photometric Design

Photometric Design

Here at Southeast Lighting & Design, we’re able to provide you with a photometric plan that will fit your company’s needs and budget. Purchasing a lighting package in the Tampa Bay Area, but need a Photometric Plan for owner approval? We can help with that. In cases where we’re able to quote the fixtures, we can provide your Photometric Plan for free. Is your client’s new project on a tight budget? We can help alleviate some costs with our low prices on photometric plans to help keep your project moving forward. Photometric Plans pricing and questions are available for any client by contacting us at or calling us at 727-914-9002.

Tennis Anyone?

Southeast Lighting & Design has seen a rapid increase in athletic court lighting installations.

Southeast Lighting & Design’s Graham Brown predicted in October 2018 that sports court lighting would be a growth market for the Tampa Bay-area company. But even Brown has been surprised at how successful the sector—including tennis court lighting, pickleball court lighting, basketball court lighting and other courts—has been.

“LEDs are just ideal for the outdoor recreational sports setting,” Brown said. “Not only are they less expensive to operate and maintain, they reduce glare and improve playing conditions. They’re a winner all around.”

Since 2018, Southeast Lighting & Design has installed LED lighting over a significant number of tennis courts, as well as several basketball courts across the state of Florida. Southeast Lighting & Design is not alone. Countless universities across the country have turned to LEDs for their athletics facilities, and installation data indicates municipal and private sports court managers countrywide are turning to LEDs to save money on high-quality site lighting.

“LED tennis courts are becoming the preferred solution in areas with high energy costs,” said one tennis court lighting expert. “Beyond extreme energy efficiency, LED luminaires reduce light trespass and virtually eliminate maintenance.”

According to Brown, tennis courts thrive under LED fixtures, usually hung at 18 to 22 feet. Unique lenses, recessed LEDs and directional lighting reduce glare. And the lights’ optical systems are optimized to illuminate courts’ primary playing area (PPA). The PPA extends 10 feet behind each baseline and 6 feet beyond the sidelines.

The light levels inside the PPA are measured through photometric studies, which Southeast Lighting & Design completes in-house for every court lighting project. The criteria measured through the photometric studies include the average maintained horizontal footcandles, minimum maintained footcandles and maximum uniformity ratio of footcandles. The measurements determine the specific class of lighting installed on the court. The classes are based on play level—for example, Class I is professional and Class II is collegiate.

Included in the sports complex jobs completed by Southeast Lighting & Design are Tampa Palms, a planned community in New Tampa just north of the University of South Florida. Southeast Lighting & Design provided Tampa Palms a photometric analysis showing eight 450-watt LED area lights could provide ideal lighting across the entire playing area. The LED replacement of Tampa Palms’ legacy metal halide fixtures fit on four new concrete lighting poles, also provided by Southeast Lighting & Design.

“We are very happy with the end result of the product—we are very happy with what Southeast Lighting & Design came up with,” Tampa Palms North Owner Association Manager Deborah Paul said. “On the older halide fixtures, every time the lights went out, we had to bring out the lift, and it was quite expensive.”

Southeast Lighting & Design has also completed multiple court lighting projects throughout the City of Safety Harbor, Live Oaks Reserve in Oviedo, Eastwood Tennis Courts in Orlando, Village of Woodland Hills in Palm Harbor and Advenir Magnolia in Orlando. For Safety Harbor, Southeast Lighting & Design replaced 16 1,000-watt metal halide bulbs over two Marshall Street Park tennis courts with LED fixtures. Southeast Lighting & Design engineers determined they could produce the required amount of light with just eight 600-watt LED lights. On Safety Harbor’s Marshall Street racquetball courts, Southeast Lighting & Design replaced eight 1,000-watt metal halides with eight 320-watt LED streetlights.

“LEDs are a no-brainer for so many market segments, but perhaps none more than court lighting,” Brown said. “I’ll say it again—we expect this market to keep growing. And we’ll be there for folks when they decide to make the move.”

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Service With a Shine

An auto and tire center upgraded its car care with improved lighting from Southeast Lighting & Design.

Goodyear Leone Auto Repair & Tire, Oldsmar, Florida, was having trouble with its lights, and the darkness was affecting all aspects of the auto service center’s business.

Goodyear’s technicians either couldn’t see what they were doing, or they dealt with sub-optimal conditions to account for the lack of lighting. Lighting maintenance and power costs were too high. And customers couldn’t be serviced quickly and efficiently.

Southeast Lighting & Design had the solution to put the Pinellas Country-based Goodyear outlet on track to have a great year, replacing the company’s legacy lighting with LED fixtures throughout its service area.

“I am just really happy with the light quality itself,” company President Nick Leone said. “I can’t say anything bad about it. The techs are really happy, and the light quality is amazing.”

Prior to installing the new LED lighting—efficient high bays down the middle of the service area, and 4-foot linear low bays between each work center—Goodyear Leone operated 8-foot fluorescent tube lighting throughout its facility on Tampa Road. The lights often went out, and when they were working, they didn’t provide enough illumination for technicians to see what they were doing. The Central Florida service center frequently had to open its doors to let in enough light to work. On hot days, conditions were stifling. On cloudy days, light was still an issue.

“They wanted to replace the tubes in the existing fixtures,” Southeast Lighting & Design’s Graham Brown said. “That would’ve helped, but it was not going to be the best solution.”

After completing a photometric plan, Brown and his team came up with the current configuration. The result was daylight-like lighting regardless of conditions and shadow elimination regardless of car positioning.

“Better lighting makes it easier to work—you can just see things better,” Leone said. “If it’s raining out or overcast, we still don’t have dark spots in the shop. The use of [supplemental] lights has gone down drastically.”

Leone said his Goodyear facility has also seen a drop in its energy bill, using nearly 1,000 watts less energy each month. And that reduction is even with longer hourly lighting use.

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Florida Bank Makes Investment with LEDs

Wauchula State Bank uses LEDs to bring its exterior lighting up to code and save money in the process.

Wauchula State Bank in Florida needed new site lighting to meet state illumination requirements, and Southeast Lighting & Design’s LED lighting was the first place the company turned.

“We were committed to LED because we knew it was more efficient, and we knew we would be able to get a lot more consistency out of it,” said Toby Sapp, Wauchula State Bank maintenance technician.

The banking group is in the process of transitioning its eight Central Florida branches to 100% LED lighting, and Sapp said Southeast Lighting & Design has been nearly flawless in helping it achieve its mission so far.

“Southeast Lighting & Design is easy to work with and has a representative we can reach out to and have on the phone and present usually within minutes, not hours,” Sapp said. “Southeast Lighting & Design stands behind its product and gives us a level of confidence we are very much in need of.”

Since starting work with Wauchula, Southeast Lighting & Design has updated the parking lot lighting at multiple branches to ensure it meets the safety requirements of customers and regulators. Southeast Lighting & Design has also installed LED lighting under several of Wauchula’s canopies and provided wall pack lighting for drive through facilities. In all cases, Southeast Lighting & Design has provided photometric plans to ensure Wauchula has the foot candles on the ground it needs.

“The customer and Sapp knew what they wanted in terms of light quality, and we knew how to get them there,” Southeast Lighting & Design Technical Manager Graham Brown said.

Southeast Lighting & Design has also provided interior lighting for Wauchula, and Sapp said the company has exceeded his expectations on all dimensions.

“Whenever we have the opportunity, we have recommended Southeast Lighting & Design to others in the area,” Sapp said.

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Southeast Works Closely With Electrical Contractors on Lighting Projects

Southeast Lighting & Design has recently grown its customer base among electrical contractors, becoming the go-to lighting supplier for multiple firms.

“Southeast Lighting & Design is our first call,” said Matt Gera of Preston Link Electric in Gainesville, Fla. “Southeast Lighting & Design and [Technical Manager] Graham [Brown] have taken big steps to make sure we have the right documents for permitting offices and receive products in the right amount of time. We haven’t had any issues with our customers, and we’ve been very pleased.”

Electrical contactors like Preston Link rely on lighting suppliers to deliver the correct solutions to their commercial and residential customers. According to Gera, LEDs have become the standard in the industry. He often doesn’t offer his customers legacy fixtures like metal halides and incandescent bulbs.

“I pretty much price out LEDs and don’t really give them a choice,” Gera said. “The technology has come down in price a lot—that’s a big part of it.”

For Southeast Lighting & Design, working with electrical contractors means its team can focus on designing layouts using photometric analysis and sourcing the perfect fixtures for each application. Brown and his associates then work with the contractor to ensure the installation portion of the job is done seamlessly.

“When electrical contractors see our product and use our product, they are always impressed,” Brown said. “Because of the detail we’re able to provide in terms of photometrics, the contractor can make sure everything goes in the right place. They don’t just slap them up and hope for the best.”

Southeast Lighting & Design has also done multiple jobs for contractors like Strada Electric in Sanford, Fla., Windsor Electric in Orlando and Carpenter Electric in West Palm Beach.

“We’ve had some electricians switch firms and still come back to using our products and services,” Brown said. “We take all the pressure off from a lighting design perspective.”

Brown said electrical contractors have come to Southeast Lighting & Design for new construction and retrofit jobs, including for parking lots, tennis courts, church exteriors, and other applications.

“The product sells itself,” Gera said. “The big name brands want twice as much as Southeast Lighting & Design does for its fixtures. We started partnering with Southeast Lighting & Design…and we’ve sold more and more products.”

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Southeast Lighting & Design approved for the FDOT Approved Product’s List (APL)

Southeast Lighting & Design’s LED Street Light was recently approved by the Florida Department of Transportation to be listed as a Conventional LED Fixture on the State’s Approved products list (APL).

Our fixture was able to pass the many requirements of the FDOT, including the build/design of the fixture, as well as meeting the requirements in a Photometric Plan on AGI32.

LED Street Light


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