Complete LED High Bay Lighting Buyer's Guide: Benefits, Styles, Design and Layout Tips
When it comes to illuminating commercial and industrial businesses with high ceilings, high bay lighting has became the overwhelming most used solution. For years, these settings relied heavily on HID options such as high pressure sodium and metal halide. As technology as evolved, so has the options for lighting these spaces.
With the progress of fluorescent ballasts, manufacturers began to develop high bay fixtures that would offer better longevity, light quality, and performance. Compared to legacy HID options, fluorescent high lights would become the new standard.
However, with consistent progression of LED technology and the rising costs in electricity and replacement materials, manufacturers again sought to re-engineer high bay fixtures once again.
Why high bay lights with LEDs is the best solution?
When compared to conventional lighting options, high bay LED lights offer extraordinary improvements.
- Reduced Energy Consumption & Maintenance Costs - LEDs can reduce energy costs by 50-80% over traditional HID and fluorescent fixtures. Also, routine maintenance costs that is associated with traditional high bay options is cut out, with LEDs having a lifespan that exceeds more than 50,000 hours.
- Excellent Quality of Light - Aside from being more efficient and sustainable, one of the best advantages LEDs have over traditional high bay fixtures is the quality of light they provide. LEDs deliver more lumens of light and have a much better CRI (color rendering index), which leads to the light output being more crisp, clear, and uniform. This helps to eliminate safety concerns that can develop under poor lighting conditions.
What are the different styles of high bay lights?
High bay LED light fixtures are available in a wide range of different styles and sizes, with each having their own unique qualities when it comes to light output and coverage areas.
Round High Bay Lights
With a shape that resembles that of futuristic, UFO saucer, round led high bay lights use the same mounting method as traditional style HID high bay fixtures. Round LED high bays deliver light output at a beam angle of 120-degrees that resembles a circular pattern, making them ideal for use in commercial and manufacturing facilities, warehouse, gymnasiums, and retail stores.
- IP65 rated making them suitable for wet locations
- Built-in surge protection to eliminate outages and repair costs caused by power failure
- Up to 100,000 continuous hours of illumination
Linear High Bay Lights
Linear LED high bay lights features a sleek, durable design that is similar to traditional fluorescent T5 and T8 high bays. They comes in various widths and lengths that are designed to deliver a rectangular pattern of illumination, making them perfect of large, wide-open spaces such as gymnasiums, warehouses, and recreational facilities.
- Available in various wattages, lumen outputs, voltages, and color temperatures to accommodate a wide range of lighting requirements
- Rated for up to 100,000 hours
How to determine how many high bay lights you'll need?
Determining how many high bay lights you need comes down to two important factors, are they for a retrofit installation or for a new installation.
When it comes to a retrofit installation, you need to take note of what type and how many fixtures you currently have installed. Since LED lights require less energy to deliver the same kind of light output as HID, or metal halide, chances are you do not want to base your decision on wattage. For example, a 400-watt high bay with LED technology produces the same light output as a traditional 1000-watt high bay with HID technology. So if you have 10 - 1000-watt HID high bays in your space, you would want to replace them with 10 - 400-watt LED high bays to ensure you have the same amount of light as before.
New Construction Installation
Now, if you are working on a new installation project its a little bit different. For instance, if you're going with high bay lights with LED technology then you would look at the lumen output they produce. Here are some examples:
- 20-29 feet you will need a high bay light that produces 20,000 to 29,000 lumens
- 30-39 feet you will need a high bay light that produces 30,000 to 39,000 lumens
- 40-49 feet you will need a high bay light that produces 40,000 to 49,000 lumens
The correct spacing of high bay lights is an important factor in determining how the light output will be dispersed throughout an area. Below are some examples of some spacing options to get the best light output for your space:
- At a mounting height of 20-feet, if the high bay lights are spaced every 15-feet, the light output would be bright. If you space them every 18-feet apart, the light output would be normal or adequate.
- At a mounting height of 30-feet, you can bump the spacing up to 20-feet apart and still have a bright light output. However, if your just looking for a normal light output, then 25-feet spacing would be sufficient.
Need additional high bay lighting design & layout tips?
Here at Stars and Stripes Lighting, we pride ourselves on helping our customers find the best and most appropriate LED high bay lighting fixtures that will best suit their needs. If your still unsure on which or how many high bay lights you need, let one of our lighting specialists help you today. We can provide you with a free lighting layout and quote, so you'll get the best lighting solution for your high ceiling commercial or industrial application. If you have additional questions about LED high bay lights feel free to reach out to one of our lighting experts, we're here to help.