When you’re looking at a warehouse, gymnasium, factory or any huge open space with high ceilings, the high bay is the best fixture to install. A majority of high bay and low bay lights that are installed still use HID (high-intensity discharge) lamps. They could either be high-pressure sodium or metal halide lamps. However, the main problem that HIDs run into is the huge expenses that building managers incur due to its archaic technology. You’re looking into high maintenance costs, poor light quality and high electric bills. To address these issues, converting to LED high bay lighting would be your best answer.
Reduction in Energy Consumption = Savings
If you consider switching over to LED high bay lighting, the question you should ask is, “Will I be able to save significantly?” The most common wattage use for a LED high bay fixture ranges from 95 watts to 495 watts. Its traditional counterpart would use around 175 watts to 1,000 watts. Also, switching over to LED lights would significantly reduce your electric consumption by about 40% to 60%. Numerically speaking, when you switch from HIDs to LEDs, you’re looking at a $300 saving per fixture for a year on your electric bill. Your operational balance sheet will definitely see some difference, but this will be dependent on the size of your building.
Reduction In Maintenance Costs
An upgrade from HIDs to LEDs would mean quite a decrease in maintenance costs for your high bay fixtures. When LEDs generate light, the light output deteriorates quite slowly as time goes by. This is in stark contrast to their counterparts. HIDs would stop functioning once their fuel source reduces significantly. With this in mind we can now see why LEDs last longer than HIDs and why LEDs don’t need as much maintenance. Putting this fact into a numerical format, converting to LED high bay lighting would mean a $5.341 maintenance savings per fixture over the course of three years.
Overall Light Performance
The overall lighting performance is important when choosing which light to go with. When you’re talking about performance, LED lights have a leg up over its traditional HID counterparts. The multi-point design that LEDs use means that LEDs are able to distribute light evenly on the desired surface. This means that when you have a fixed mount, the light produced will not vary on any given surface.
Additionally, LEDs have a wide variety of correlated color temperatures (CCT). This means you’ll have a variety of color hues to choose from to get your optimal discernment of brightness. HIDs on the other hand only produce a ‘bright spot’. This only illuminates the surface directly under it. That means that the further away the light is from the ground, the light level significantly decreases as well.
Overall, there are there main reasons why you should consider LED high bay lighting for your facility. Switching over to this type of high bay lighting will decrease your maintenance costs, increase your energy savings and significantly improve your lighting quality. If you need more information on this type of lighting, feel free to contact us here at Tetrus. We would be more than happy to provide you more information on LED high bay lights. Not only that, but we’d also be happy to provide you with a quote on our products and services.