In the world of lighting, the ufo high bay is a fixture that you would find in a warehouse, a factory, a gymnasium, or any large open area with relatively high ceilings. Many existing high bay lighting and low bay lighting applications utilize high intensity discharge (HID) lamps such as metal halide, or high pressure sodium lamps.
Despite their widespread use, HID lamps utilize antiquated technology that costs building managers both directly and indirectly. Specifically, using HID lamps will result in: higher than necessary energy costs, frequently maintenance costs and poor lighting performance. These issues can all be addressed by converting your existing lighting to LED.
Energy savings is a primary driver behind why you should evaluate LED lighting for your building or facility. Common wattages for LED high bay fixtures can range from 95 Watts to 495 Watts. If we compare this wattage to a typical HID high bay fixture that same range is 175 watts to 1000 watts.
So by switching to LED lighting you are immediately reducing your energy consumption by 40%-60%. To put this in dollars you would be saving, $300 per fixture per year in electricity costs if you made the switch to LED lighting. Depending on the size of your facility this can really affect the operational balance sheet.
Maintenance Cost Reduction
By converting to LED’s you will also see a dramatic reduction in the maintenance of your high bay light fixtures. This is due to the way LEDs generate light, and the way they progress through their functional life. Instead of ceasing to function properly once a fuel source is significantly reduced, LED generated light output degrades very slowly over time. As a result the functional life of an LED product can be significantly longer than that of an HID Lamp, therefore drastically reducing the maintenance load required.
For example, by converting conventional 400w HID high bay lighting to LED, a typical building with industrial light fixtures can save up to $5,341 over the course of 3 years in maintenance costs alone.
Finally, lighting performance is a critical factor in evaluating the move to a different type of lighting. From a performance standpoint, LED’s are a head-and-shoulders above their HID counterparts.
LED’s utilize a multi-point design, meaning they distributed light on the intended surface very evenly. Meaning that light levels across a given surface will vary less between fixture mounting locations. In addition to the even distribution of light, LEDs are available in a range of CCT’s (Correlated Color Temperatures), and as a result provide a range of options to increase the visual perception of “brightness”.
In contrast HID fixtures produce a “bright spot” directly underneath the fixture with light levels decreasing drastically as the distance between fixtures increases.
So in conclusion we can see that there are three primary drivers to consider installing an LED retrofit in your facility. By converting you will see immediate energy savings, decreased frequently of lighting maintenance, and an uptick in overall lighting performance. To learn more contact Siosun Lighting today we would be happy to provide a free assessment of your facility. We look forward to working with you.