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High bays are designed to be used in very high areas (approximately 8m and greater) to provide well distributed and uniform light for open areas. The key element of the fitting which will help guarantee the correct light output is the reflectors and optics used by the fitting. A particular consideration for use with a high bay is if it can light vertical surfaces as well as it can illuminate the floor, or working plane. Lighting of verticals is particularly important when dealing with warehouses where items are required to be picked from a shelf. High Technology lightings preferred high bay solution is the Insignia INV.
Low bays work in much the same way as a high bay, but will be best suited to lower mounting heights. The main differences will be in the lamp types selected and the types of reflectors and optics used. An example of a low bay fitting is the Insignia INM
There are plenty of options for lighting in warehouses, but one style that’s becoming increasingly popular is high bay LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. High bay LED lamps aren’t just common in warehouses, but in any facility or venue containing high ceilings and requiring illumination of 15 or more feet. Aside from warehouses, sports arenas, gymnasiums, loading docks and other industrial facilities are other popular venues for this style of lighting.
What makes high bay LED lighting a better option than other options like fluorescent and CFLs (compact fluorescent lights)? Here’s a closer look.
1. Energy Savings
It all starts with energy efficiency – and that’s one big advantage that high bay LED lighting has over other types of lighting. Specifically, these lights use less power than other lighting styles, and it’s not uncommon for facilities to save as much as 80% on electric bills compared to lighting alternatives – potentially even more, if this lighting is combined with smart sensors.
Cost savings, however, is just one big benefit. There are many others.
2. Long-lasting & Cool
High bay LED lights last up to 10 times longer than CFL and fluorescent lights. And when they are turned on, they don’t emit any heat. This isn’t just a safety advantage over other types of lights, but because they don’t generate heat, it also saves on cooling costs. In fact, it’s estimated that facilities can save up to 20% on utilities bills, as high bay LEDs will decrease the need for air conditioning.
3. Durability & Sight Advantages
We already told you how high bay LEDs are long-lasting, but they’re also very durable – durable to the point where they’re pretty much damage-proof and essentially maintenance-free. Simply put, these lights don’t bust easily.
LED is also easier on the eyes. Turn on a fluorescent light and it’s bound to flicker – at least, for a little while. Turn on a high bay LED lamp, and you’ll get the light you want immediately. In fact, turn it on and off as often as you want – you won’t notice any problems or flickering.
4. Better Light Uniformity
It is a fact that LED lighting distributes light better than others. In fact, many report an 8% increase in light uniformity with high bay LED lighting compared to others. Other benefits of high bay LED lighting compared to fluorescent and CFL lights include lesser light distortion and minimal static buildup.
One of the main sticking points to installing high bay LEDs in the likes of warehouses is their higher up-front costs. But when you factor in things like energy savings and their lifespan, high bay LED lighting is clearly worth the investment.
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