The increasing cost of electricity and the negative impact of greenhouse gas emissions have made many businesses to adopt energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly lighting solutions – and LED is the most popular choice.
It is no secret that LED lights have revolutionized lighting thanks to their low energy consumption, reduced maintenance, high light output, and a myriad of other excellent benefits. These lights have helped businesses, organizations, and institutions to save a lot of money on electricity and have better light in their spaces.
If you have a large indoor space that needs to be illuminated (a manufacturing facility, warehouse, factory, large department store, or a gymnasium) led lights are recommended. These powerful lights provide the right amount of light for large spaces with high ceilings. The light fixtures are attached to ceilings via chains, hooks, pendants, or directly fixed to a ceiling.
Since LEDs come in various designs, it can be hard to choose the best light for your high bay fixtures. We’ve written this post to make it easy for you to choose the best high-bay lights.
Why Are LEDs Perfect for Shop Lights?
When LEDs were first introduced into the market, they were very expensive and not everyone could afford them. But things have since changed and LEDs are just as affordable as other lights. In addition, when you buy LEDs, you may get rebates which may lower their initial cost.
It is the wish of every business owner to make their premises look outstanding. Since LEDs emit beautiful, white light that shows the true colors of objects, they can improve the aesthetics of a commercial space. A space that is well-lit will also appeal to customers and make them feel safe.
Reduced Electricity Usage
LEDs need very little electricity to provide sufficient brightness. They can significantly decrease your electric bill as they use only a
few watts to produce a lot of light (lumens). The same cannot be said for HID and fluorescent lighting systems which consume a lot of watts. When you pair LEDs with lighting controls, you can further lower energy costs.
The average lifespan of a LED bulb is 50,000 hours, which is more than 10 years. Fluorescent and HID lights do not have long lifespans and need to be replaced every now and then. Since high bay fixtures are usually mounted at very high points, you’ll spend a tidy sum every time you replace bulbs. LEDs do away with costly maintenance with their durability.
LED lights are more safe than High Intensity Discharge lamps and fluorescent lights. Fluorescents contain mercury and have to be disposed of safely while HID lights emit a lot of heat and can’t be used in commercial spaces with food or textiles.
5 Excellent Tips for Buying Shop Lights
1. Create a Layout
The first thing you should do when buying LED fixtures is design a layout. This is because different spaces need different types of high bays. For instance, a storage room may only need a light with 300 lux. However, in a warehouse, you need 500 lux so that the environment can be conducive for work. Retail stores need very bright light so that consumers can clearly see the products they’re buying (800 lux or more). Before you do anything else, determine the lighting requirements of each room.
2. Determine the Lumens and Watts You Need
While you should look at the watts when buying high bays, lumens are more important. Lumens measure the total amount of visible light produced by a light source. As LED technology continues to advance, new LEDs are manufactured that use less watts to produce more lumens.
Watts don’t tell you how bright a bulb is, lumens do. Watts only indicate the electricity a light source consumes. A good rule of thumb is 2 lumens for a cubic foot (for normal light) and 3 lumens for a cubic foot (for bright light).
When choosing LED light fixtures, consider where they will be installed as different watts are recommended for different heights.
- Fixtures that are 10-15 feet high need bulbs that produce 10,000-15,000 lumens
- Fixtures that are 15-20 feet high need bulbs that produce 16,000-20,000 lumens
- Fixtures that are 25-35 feet high need bulbs that produce 33,000 lumens
3. The Spacing of the Lights
If you’re installing high bays in a new building or redesigning the lighting infrastructure, you need to ensure that the spacing is right. Use these guidelines to determine the best spacing for your fixtures.
- Fixtures that are mounted at a height of 15 feet need a spacing of 12 feet in order to produce bright light. If you just need normal light, a spacing of 15 feet is ideal
- Those that are 20 feet high need 15 feet between them so as to emit bright light and 18 feet between them to emit normal light
- Fixtures that are 30 feet high need a space of 20 feet to generate bright light and a space of 25 feet to generate normal light
4. The Number of Lights Needed
When you figure out the spacing the fixtures need between them in order to produce adequate light, you can determine how many LED lights you need. A lighting designer can help you to determine the best spacing for the lights and the foot candles the space needs to be well-lit.
5. The Type of High Bay Lights
High bays come in a variety of designs. There are long, large lights known as linear high bays and round ones known as UFO high bays. You may also be able to retrofit existing fixtures with LED light bulbs. Linear high bays are perfect for large spaces with high ceilings (like big-box stores). UFO high bays are also perfect for high ceilings but they need to be hung a little high up (15 feet and above) in order to spread the light effectively. Wide angled linear high bays are perfect for lower ceilings.
Take all these factors into consideration when buying LED fixtures and you won’t experience buyer’s remorse later on. If you need professional advice, we’re only a phone call away.