Area lights are a type of light that you might use to illuminate an entire area. They can be used to simulate sunlight or other kinds of light fixtures, such as streetlights or ceiling lights.

Here are some things you should consider when setting up area/site lights, such as the parking lot lights.

Lighting Zones

When setting up area/site lights, it’s important to know what kind of lighting zones you need. There are three types of lighting zones: general, security and accent. General lighting zones provide general illumination for the area. Security lighting zones provide illumination for safety and security purposes. Accent lighting zones highlight specific areas within an area or site by providing accent lighting effects that add colour and character to the area or site they are in.


Where you place your lights is just as important as how many lights you use in an area/site. Lights should be placed at least 3 feet above ground level if possible so that they don’t get damaged when hit by cars or trucks passing by on roads near your property. If a light post is not available, metal tripods or other types of poles can be used instead to mount your lights on top of them so that they are high enough off the ground but still close enough to reach from the ground level if needed.

Light Colour Temperature

The light colour temperature refers to the spectrum of visible light emitted by a lamp or light source. As per the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there are basically two types of colour temperatures: warm white and cool white. Warm white has a colour temperature between 2700K-3000K while cool white has a colour temperature between 4000K-5000K. You may think that choosing the right colour temperature depends on personal preference but in reality, it has a lot to do with how much light you need at a certain time of the day or night.

Light Fixtures

There are a number of different types of light fixtures that you can choose from. You can buy a fixture that is made specifically for your site or you can use one that is made for another purpose but still works well. If you have a large space that needs lighting and don’t want to spend a lot of time installing a lighting system yourself, hiring an electrician is probably your best bet.

Lighting Control

The lights need to be able to be controlled in some way. This will make it much easier for you to control the lights when they are not working properly or if there are any issues with them. The easiest way to control them is by using remote controls, but there are other options as well.

Space & Size of the Area

You will need to take into consideration how large your area is and where exactly it is located before choosing what kind of lighting system would work best for this area. If it is a small area then you might not need many lights at all, but if it is larger then you may want more than one area light in order to cover all parts of the area effectively enough so that no one gets left out in the dark!


Area lights are useful in situations where you are trying to simulate a larger light source without having to render the object as a single object. They can also be useful in situations where you want to provide some global illumination, but want to minimize the effect that it has on your final render. Lights are essential for creating realistic lighting, so getting a handle over them will get you one step closer to creating professional quality images.


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