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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Low Bay lights?

Low Bay lights are for areas with lower ceilings between 10 feet up to 20 feet high. Anything above this height would be considered a High Bay area. Because of the lower ceilings, it is important to make sure distribution above the light is optimal. Otherwise, the light will look very uneven.

Where are Low Bay Lights used?

A low bay ceiling is the most common type of ceiling commonly seen in warehouses, loading docks, work shops , garages and machine shops. Low Bay LED Lighting replace 175 watts to 400 watts metal halide fixtures.

What are the different types of Low Bay Lights?

Low Bay Lights are available as panel style, ufo style and linear style, like a vaporproof fixture. Each have a specific purpose, and not one light is better than another. The best light is the one that delivers the proper light levels and has the best distribution.

What are the benefits of LED Low Bay Lights?

Low Bay LED lighting is far superior to the fluorescent and HID lights they replace. They are dramatically more energy efficient, and will also reduce maintenance on the lights as bulb and ballast changes are not required.

They are significantly more efficient in terms of lumens produced for watts consumed. They are available with many color temperature options, typically between 3000K and 5500K. And running 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, they can easily last 10 years

Low Bays vs High Bay Lighting: Whats the difference?

Heavy duty lighting projects, like those often done in large buildings such as warehouses, factories, and processing plants, typically require high bay or low bay lights. These high lumen output lights are designed to provide well distributed and uniform light in open areas.

This is what high bay and low bay lights have in common.

But how do they differ? Below, we settle the low bay vs high bay lighting question.

What are Low Bays?

As the name portrays, these bay lights are often used with lower ceilings in open areas. Low bay lights are often designed to illuminate open areas with ceilings between 10 ft to 20 ft. Anything over this height will qualify for the use of high bays, and anything lower is very uncommon in large open area facilities, and would otherwise require a different type of light fixture entirely.

What are High Bays?

High bay lights are used in open, high-ceiling areas. Typically, we define high bay lights as those that are designed to be installed anywhere between 20 ft to 40+ ft above the floor. For these lights to be effective this high up, they need specifically engineered reflectors (for HPS / MH bulbs) or lenses to ensure light reaches the floor evenly and reduces wasted light.

 

What is the definitive difference?

In short, the height in which these lights are used is the main difference in terms of their application differences. For technical differences, there are two main things: lumen output and how they direct their light. Commonly with lower lights, they will require less lumen output due to their nature to lose less light. Secondly, the reflector or lens angles vary greatly as different heights call for different direction and placement of light.

All of this matters because using the wrong fixture (high bay in a low-ceiling area, or a low bay in a high-ceiling area) can result in unnecessary costs along with under-lit (or over-lit) areas - which can easily cause hazardous conditions. To avoid this, we always recommend asking a pro for advice before committing to one fixture over another. 

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