LED High Bay Lights
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LED high bays are on the cutting edge for commercial and industrial lighting applications which have large spaces and high ceilings. High bay lights are designed to direct light as needed for the exact level of illumination. They are the perfect lighting solution for a manufacturing facility or as high ceiling lighting in stores, among other applications. Our team is ready to help find rebate opportunities that can further decrease the cost associated with purchasing LED high bays.
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Guide to LED High Bay Lights
To better appreciate what LED high bay lights have to do with your organization’s cash flow and staying afloat, we are going to need to chew up on some solid data first.
A February 2019 report by a US authority on matters energy confirmed what you may already know by now. Energy expenses have been on the rise for years. Power costs continue to rise. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the cost of electricity for the industrial sector has risen year over year, despite the commercial sector rates remaining pretty much unchanged.
The report goes on to show industrial sector electricity prices will continue to rise and actually jump by the largest margin in three years by 0.5 cents per kilowatt-hour between 2019 and 2020.
Industrial sector electricity prices will shoot up by 0.14 cents per kilowatt-hour in four years
Now look at this:
If your organization, large grocery store, parking lot, car garage, or retail center operates in the state of California, your industrial electricity bill is already 6 times higher than everyone else’s in the country.
Here’s the thing, though.
Image credit: Environmental Progress
Electricity prices in California shot up three times more in 2016/2017 than everywhere else in the US, according to the EIA in the same year.
Now, you may certainly start to wonder what that seemingly tiny 0.14 cents per kilowatt-hour jump can do to your electricity bill and, ultimately, your bottom-line.
You probably already see it coming together now:
Your high bay lighting fixtures could be swindling you hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars in avoidable power bills. Every. Single. Month.
If you use traditional high bay lights, as opposed to a solution such as LED high bay lighting, you could be missing out on even more power cost savings in the form of government and utility rebates.
With our home planet warming up at an alarming rate, calls to preserve the environment by using power sustainably have environmentally-conscious consumers switching to products and services that power-efficient organizations have to offer. And you certainly don’t want to lose customers to an energy-efficient competitor now, do you?
We’ve already discussed what high bay lights are and defined the differences between high bays and low bay lights.
In this guide, we’ll focus on five areas:
- Does using high bay lights offer any tangible benefits?
- Why install LED high bay lights and not traditional high bays?
- What are the different types of LED high bay models available today?
- What are the 7 important considerations to make when buying LED high bay lights?
- Can you convert traditional high bays to LED high bay lighting fixtures?
Having worked with our clients on diverse industrial, commercial, and residential power needs, we will base the information in this guide on those experiences and independent third-party research.
Let’s get started.
Why Install LED High Bay Lights and Not Traditional High Bays
The two types of high bay lights referred to as traditional high bay lamps are technically high-intensity discharge (HID) lights: HPS lamps and metal halides. In high bay applications, however, the lights commonly used are metal halides and fluorescent lights. How does each type of light compare to LED high bays? Let’s see.
1. LED High Bays vs Metal Halide High (MH) Bay Lamps
Metal halide high bays produce functionally great light—one of the “whitest” light you can get from a lamp. That, combined with the fact that MH lamps produce as much as 300-500% more light compared to HPS bulbs, has traditionally made them one of the most popular lighting solutions for high-ceiling applications.
But MHs can be deadly to your retail center, warehouse, garage, gymnasium, or other application. Why is this?
- Radiation and Energy Wastage
The danger glares out in how metal halides produce electricity.
These are compounds that result from a reaction of a metal and a halogen. Such compounds include high-pressure sodium chloride (HPS) and uranium hexafluoride. If the latter eerily feels like the ingredients you’d use to create a nuclear bomb, then that’s because the uranium compound is actually used as a fuel for nuclear energy reactors.
For this reason, metal halide lamps produce high levels of radiation compared to other types of high bay lights. In fact, if you use MH lamps, you are required by law to properly dispose of a dysfunctional one following special disposal methods, which can add to your overall lighting costs.
The Department of Energy also reported that HIDs, in general, waste as much as 80% of the electricity they consume as heat.
- MH Lights Do Not Turn On/Off On Demand
Unlike the LED option, MH high bay lights need between 10 and 15 minutes to light up to full power, depending on weather factors such as how cold the lamps are. It also takes a noteworthy delay after switching off an MH light to have it completely turn off.
- LED High Bays Offer Higher Energy Savings
True to their HID origins, metal halide high bay lamps consume a lot of energy to give off the brilliant white light they do. They also use ballasts which consume an extra 15% of the power the bulbs use, which can add up if you have many of the lights installed.
- LED High Bays Offer Quality, Sustainable Light
With advancements in LED high bay lighting technology, LED high bays now produce whiter light than ever before. This translates to increased illumination per kilowatt of power utilized (efficacy) and less glare compared to other types of high bay lights.
- LED High Bays Also Last Longer
Many types of LED high bays have up to 100,000 operating hours. Compare that to MH lamps’ life expectancy of 6,000-15,000 hours. And despite that, MH lamps are not startlingly more affordable to justify the number of bulbs you'd have to replace per year.
Yet, MH lights continuously dim with use while LED high bays retain original brilliance until you have to replace them. Worse still, operating MH lights at less than full power degrades them, slashing their functional lifespan.
2. LED High Bay Lights vs. Fluorescent High Bay Lights
Fluorescent high bay lights are a type of mercury-vapor gas-discharge lighting solution. This means they produce a gas that, in turn, helps produce light that is visible to the human eye.
- Fluorescent High Bays Are Affordable To Install But…
Buying fluorescent high bay lighting fixtures is initially affordable. But over time, not so much. That’s because the lighting type offers an even lower lifespan compared to both metal halides and LED high bay lights, and that can actually increase your overall investment in maintenance work. You may have to change a dozen fluorescent tubes before you ever have to dispose of a LED high bay lamp.
- LED High Bay Lights Do Not Produce Poisonous Mercury Gas And Residue
Like MH lamps, fluorescent high bay lights use a specifc gas to produce visible light. The lights also use mercury vapor, a highly toxic chemical that is hazardous to both people and animals. You have to replace them immediately they start to leak the gas and dispose of them responsibly, tasks that can increase costs on your end.
- LED Lights Offer Better Light Quality
A fluorescent lamp may offer increased color rendering and efficiency compared to MH lamps, but both still lag behind the capabilities of a LED option. Unlike both, LED high bay lights also produce directional light (180 degrees compared to their 360 degrees) which is great for focused work such as the work done in a production line.
Worse still, fluorescents are unsuitable for use in snowing conditions because the snow can not only cause them to fail to light up, but the weight can also break them.
However, LED high bay lighting solutions are not made equal. You can choose from a selection of solutions to suit your specific use, budget, and décor needs.
Types of LED High Bay Models
There are five types of LED high bay lights:
- Linear aisle
- LED retrofit kits
We’ve covered traditional high bays by comparing them to LEDs, so we will now look at what each of the LED options has to offer.
However, if you have traditional high bay lighting fixtures, we recommend you convert them to LED high bays. The process is straightforward and rewarding as you’ll see below.
You can also switch them to the following types.
UFO LED High Bay Lights
With their brilliance, heavy-duty construction, circular design, as well as powerful beams, UFO high bays are considered powerful, durable, and aesthetically appealing for modern applications.
Because they do not need reflectors to reflect light to a specific direction as HID lights do, they can also afford to be compact. They have a fin tail design that helps dissipate the little heat they produce evenly to cool down.
Unlike fluorescent high bays, they do not inconvenience anyone with incessant buzz sounds or flickers.
IP65 rated for dust and water resistance, the lights can work seamlessly in wet or dusty applications, too.
Linear-Aisle LED High Bay Lights
These lights are practical luminaries in different applications such as retail spaces, educational facilities, warehouses, and convention centers. If you have a large retail store, you want your groceries’ stall well-lit and not looking drab—which can influence a buyer to think the groceries aren't fresh.
Used along aisles, these lights direct light where people are actually looking instead of the very top of each shelf or line of boxes, where it matters less. They are especially great for supermarket and cafeteria aisles.
Panel-Style High Bay LED Lights
These look remarkably similar to LED light panels and fluorescent bulbs (T5s and T8s), at least on the surface. Dig deeper and you'll find panel-style high bay lights are designed to spread light over a larger surface area than UFO high bay lights. For example, you can install T8 panel-style high bay tubes to spread their beams wider even when installed at over 15 feet up.
They don’t just look similar to fluorescent panels either, more importantly, you can decide to swap the T5 and T8 bunch with LED high bay tubes to decrease your carbon footprint while increasing your energy savings.
High Bay Retrofit Kits
You can convert traditional high bay models over to LED high bays. To do that, what you need are LED retrofit high bay kits from a reputable LED lighting supplier.
The process involves taking out the high bay bulbs and ballasts and replacing them with LED high bay bulbs and drivers.
If you are looking to take advantage of LED light technology, this may offer a more affordable means to incorporate LEDs in your lighting arsenal compared to commissioning a new LED high bay lights installation.
Here’s the thing, though.
Retrofitting is a broad term for converting traditional high bay lights over to LED high bay lighting fixtures. While some retrofitting processes involve simply changing the lights, others (like a ballast bypass) involve changing the wiring of an existing light fixture to make it possible to light a LED.
There’s also a ballast bypass which lets you ditch the ballast so it no longer has to siphon that extra 15% power we talked about earlier. Getting rid of the ballast/resistor also means you can get rid of the annoying flickering and buzzing action in the new LED high bay lighting fixtures.
What are the Benefits of Using LED High Bay Lights?
LED high bay lights bring the latest in visible light technology.
- LEDs consume less power but produce more lumens (visible light) than any other type of high bay on the market right now.
- Used with energy-saving tools such as dimmers, LED high bay lighting provides even higher energy savings compared to HIDs and fluorescents (which are especially tough to dim).
- As LED technology has continued to advance, so has the cost of LEDs continued to drop. Investing in LEDs offers value for money.
- LED high bays can also withstand different temperatures in various locations
- LEDs do not emit poisonous residue when burning like HIDs
- You can expect your LED light to last between 50,000 to 100,000 light hours, the longest lamp lifespans on the market. Compare that to a maximum of 15,000 light hours for HIDs.
- LEDs do not lose their power as they age like HIDs. In fact, by the end of its lifespan, a LED high bay light will have as many as 70% of its diodes in top-notch condition.
- LEDs require almost zero maintenance. Having to change HID and fluorescent high bay lights is not only time-consuming but can also stall operations. Due to their high-ceiling installation, constantly having to change lights can add up labor costs as well as the actual costs of installing HID high bay lights—and that can even outprice the costs of LED high bay lights
Those are just some of the measurable benefits installing LED high bay lighting fixtures can bring.
So, now you know what you stand to gain from using high bay lights. You also know you can replace existing lights with more energy-efficient and economical LEDs.
But what factors should you look for when buying LED high bay lights?
The How-to-Buy LED High Bay Lights Guide: 5 Vital Considerations
So, you want to buy LED high bay lights?
What assessment criteria can you use to choose the best high bay lighting solution for your specific LED needs?
Here are seven considerations to make while you are at it:
1. What’s The Lamp’s Luminous Efficacy?
Measured in lumens per watts (lm/W), luminous efficacy refers to the amount of visible light that a light source emits for a specific amount of power. This is the true measure of how energy-efficient a lamp really is. Choose a high bay light that offers a high lumen output per watt of power.
Because utility companies charge power bills on a per watt basis, such a lamp will save you money. LEDs offer the best value here compared to all other types of lights.
Let’s take some independent studies as examples:
Ignore the theoretical maximum luminous efficacy (lm/w) and notice the figures on the “system luminous efficacy (lm/w)”.
Now, compare those figures with the LED light ones below:
From the tables, it is clear that LEDs not only have higher luminous efficacy ratings than any other type of lamp and at any wattage, but also afford users the best energy conversion efficiency.
The table below also compares the luminous efficacy of the different types of bulbs available on the market right now:
Credit: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance
The higher a light’s luminous efficacy, the more money you can save from that monthly utility bill and improve your cash flow. So, always prioritize the lumen output over watts.
2. What Color Temperature Should You Expect From It?
The color temperature of a lamp is simply a measure of the visible light it emits. It is measured in Kelvin (K). The whiter the light your LEDs emit, the better you or your staff can identify foreign debris in an airport runway, recognize different-color containers at a port, and accurately decode color-coded messages or inventory in a warehouse. Those are just some examples.
To give you more perspective, daylight’s color temperature is recorded at 5500K-6500K. Of course, that changes depending on the weather elements and the time of day. These are considered ideal color temperatures because we can accurately tell different colors apart.
There are LED high bay lights with higher color temperatures: 6000K to 7,000K. Go above that and you’ll begin to notice a bluish glow in the light the lamp emits. Get one below the 3,000K threshold and it’ll give off a warm glow with shades of red and orange depending on its specific color temperature. In fact, it might be tough differentiating a red, pink, orange, and a maroon car in a parking lot at night.
3. Watch Out For the Color Rendering Index Marker
Do you work in an industrial or commercial environment where true color representation is vital?
You’ll want to choose a LED with a high CRI. The CRI indicates the ability of a lamp to reproduce true-to-life colors and is typically represented on a scale of 0 to 100.
Here’s an application scenario for you:
Think of a grocery stall where poor color reproduction can lead buyers away, thinking your apples’ dull reflection means they are not fresh.
4. What’s Its Beam Angle and Mounting Height?
High bay lights typically have smaller beam angles (about 95 degrees) because they are mounted higher up from the floor, concentrating more light in larger spots.
Low bay lights, on the other hand, have wider beam angles (about 120 degrees) because they are mounted closer to the floor and must provide ample light to a big surface area.
The best beam angle for your application will also depend on the number of lights you’ll need to install and their specific mounting height.
5. Consider the Spacing between Lights
A rule of thumb here is to ask a lighting expert to make the calculations for you.
But here’s something to help out.
The amount of light you need per cubic meter of space in your facility is called Lux. Variables include the color of your walls, the nature of work you intend to carry out in there, the spacing of high bay lights, and the type of high bay lights you wish to install.
A lighting designer is best placed to work with you. By listening to everything you want to achieve in a particular space, they can advise you appropriately—from lights’ spacing to the number and type of high bays you’ll need, to the most appropriate lux for specific tasks.
Considering the benefits of LED high bay lights, it is easy to conclude LEDs are a great investment for any organization. With the help of an experienced lighting professional, it is also easy to convert existing high bay lighting to LED high bay lighting using affordable LED retrofit kits. No need to spend a small fortune changing the existing lighting infrastructure.
Are you ready to slash your power bill, enjoy the best light where it matters, and influence your staff to become more productive?