Thinking of upgrading your commercial or industrial facility to high-bay LED lighting? Here’s what you need to know when formulating your plan.
What is High Bay Commercial Lighting?
To sum it up, high bay lights are any fixtures that are hanging higher than 12 feet in the air and produce over 12,000 lumens. High bay lighting has a wide variety of uses … everything from warehouses and gyms to retail stores and more.
Here are some of the biggest benefits of choosing LED bulbs over fluorescent in your facility:
- More Affordable Than Ever
The cost of LED light bulbs has been steadily declining over the course of the last decade. It is not possible to get top of the line LED bulbs for far less than what they used to cost. In addition to the low prices, most local utilities offer significant rebates and incentives for switching to LED.
- They Save a LOT of Energy
For business owners, it’s easy to have tunnel vision when it comes to your energy bill. After all, the bottom line is the bottom line. But upgrading to LED is also a big boon for Planet Earth, as the reduced power use directly translates to a decreased demand from coal-fired power plants.
- Mercury-Free Construction
Accidents happen all the time in the industrial setting, even if it’s just a ladder bumping into a light bulb. Traditional high-bay lighting contains mercury vapor, which can be extremely dangerous to human health. LEDs are mercury-free, every time.
Choose a High Bay Lighting Style
High bay lighting comes in a number of different shapes and styles:
- Round High Bay Lights (“UFOs”): A saucer shaped light that is very easy to install. These are a great option for higher ceilings, and their relatively centered direction makes them suitable for lighting individual restaurant tables.
- Linear High Bay Lights: This is perhaps the most popular option for large warehouses and supermarkets. These long lights look a lot like traditional T8 tube lights, but they are easier to adjust and install at greater heights. They put of a lot of light, making it possible to fully illuminate stock shelves and supermarket aisles with ease.
- Strip Lighting / Accent Lighting: LED strip lights can put out a lot more light than you might guess by looking at them. These are a fun way to create customized lighting schemes for retail stores, but if your ceiling is any higher than 12 feet, they are probably not going to put off enough light.
Choose the Correct Wattage & Lumens
High Bay LED lights are available in a number of different configurations. Both wattage and lumens will vary from product to product. Watts tends to be less relevant with LEDs, simply because they are becoming so efficient that it rarely poses an issue.
Lumens, on the other hand, are more important during the planning stages. The lumens that you’ll need is dependent on both the amount of space that you are trying to illuminate and how high up the lights will be mounted.
Here’s an idea of what we’re talking about:
- 8 to 15 feet: 10,000 – 15,000 lumens
- 15 to 22 feet: 16,000 – 20,000 lumens
- 23 to 35 feet: 30,000+ lumens
Consult with a Scottsdale Professional
Your high bay LED lighting installation is going to save you a lot of money, but only if it is installed correctly. Working with a qualified lighting professional is one way to maximize the efficiency and savings of your new LED lighting system.