5 Excellent Tips for Buying LED HighBay Lights
1. Create a Layout
The first thing you should do when buying LED highbay lights is design a layout. This is because different spaces need different types of highbay lights.
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 LED highbay lights, 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 lights for highbay 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 highbay lights 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 HighBay Lights
Highbay lights come in a variety of designs. There are long, large lights known as linear highbay lights and round ones known as UFO highbay lights. You may also be able to retrofit existing fixtures with LED light bulbs. Linear highbay lights are perfect for large spaces with high ceilings (like big-box stores). UFO highbay lights 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 highbay lights are perfect for lower ceilings.
Take all these factors into consideration when buying LED highbay lights and you won’t experience buyer’s remorse later on. If you need professional advice, we’re only a phone call away.