High Bay Lighting – LED versus HID

High Bay Lighting  – LED versus HID

In order to properly illuminate large indoor spaces with high ceilings (typically 20 to 40 feet from the floor), high bay lighting fixtures are required. Examples of such spaces are warehouses, factories, gymnasiums, department stores, and manufacturing facilities. Due to the distance between floor and ceiling, a high lumen output is required and the light needs to be concentrated down and out from the fixture. These fixtures can be mounted directly to the ceiling or hung with chains, cables or hooks.

LED Versus Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium, and Fluorescent Lighting

There have been many advancements in lighting technology over the years and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages over the other. Modern LED lighting, however, tends to outperform them all in every way. Let’s run down the basics regarding the older technologies when used for high bay lighting applications:

  • Metal Halide (MH) – Metal halides were once the gold standard for high bay lighting. They provided good color rendering, color temperature, and lumen outputs in relation to other types of lighting. Their drawbacks included higher maintenance expenses, long warm-up times, and too much energy wasted as heat. They would also begin to flicker on and off when they began to fail.
  • High Pressure Sodium (HPS) – HPS used to be a good choice for high bay applications due to relatively high energy efficiency, cheaper start-up costs and longer life. Their drawbacks included poor color rendering, brief warm-up times, and they contained hazardous material in the form of mercury which made for waste disposal concerns at the end of its life.
  • Fluorescent – Fluorescent high bays would typically utilize linear lamps which were easy to replace when old ones would reach the end of their lifespan. Their benefits included cheaper cost, long life, and high efficiency. Their drawbacks included decreased lifetime if frequently turned on and off and they contained hazardous material in the form of mercury which made for waste disposal concerns at the end of its life. They also required a ballast in order to stabilize the light.

LED lighting technology has developed to the point that it can overcome most all of the drawbacks of the technologies previously listed here.

  • Lighting quality is superior in terms of color rendering, color temperature and lumen output (compared to wattage used).
  • They have a much longer lifespan which means that the lights need to be replaced less frequently than other types. This is particularly important when it comes to high bay lighting which requires lifts or scaffolding to reach the fixtures.
  • Although LED lighting is more expensive initially upon point of purchase, costs are more than made up in the long term due to the fact that they consume much less energy than conventional lights. This saves on utility costs over time. They also don’t waste energy emitted as heat.
  • Finally, the other types of lights listed above are omnidirectional, which means that they produce a 360-degree output. With high bay light fixtures, the light needs to be directed down and out towards the floor. Much of this is wasted or needs to be directed using a reflector. LED high bays have a more concentrated light beam which means that nothing is wasted.

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