What Is A High Bay Light?

- Jul 16, 2018-

What is a high bay light? 

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High bays, low bays, and floodlights are industry standard terms for the more heavy duty types of light 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 factory, warehouse.


Definition of high bay lights:

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 place. 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.

Bay Lights are light fixtures with high power wattage requirements.  They are typically installed in ceilings over 12 feet in height, and usually produce over 8000 lumens. 

Often referred to as High Bay and Low Bay lighting,  High Bay Lights usually have a beam angle of 90 degrees and are found at a ceiling height of over 20 feet. Low Bay Lights, however, are installed between 12 to 15 feet from the floor and have a 120 degree beam angle. 

They are many types of Bay Light shapes, but the most popular ones are the circular UFO High Bay , and the Linear High Bay, which can be either square or rectangular. 

A lighting engineer will often pick a light fixture shape based on the type of lighting foot-print or coverage they’re attempting to achieve, but at the end of the day, it really comes down to the aesthetic look you are more accustomed to.


What are high bay lights?

As their name implies, high-bay lights are used to illuminate spaces with high ceilings. That usually means ceilings ranging from 20 feet to approximately 45 feet. Low-bay lights, on the other hand, are used for ceilings 20 feet and under. Because a high-ceiling location has more space to fill, a high-bay by definition is a powerful light source that can brighten up a large area.

Given their placement, high-bay lights are natural fits for commercial and industrial uses. They have multiple applications across a range of industries, including workshops, factories and assembly lines. You will also see high-bay lights in large recreational facilities and gyms. These lights are excellent for illuminating storage facilities and warehouses as well. They can be used for large conference halls, event centers, or indeed for any place that needs lighting from an elevation of more than 20 feet. They are even used in hangars and other large, cavernous buildings.

One of the benefits of high-bay lighting is that it provides clear, the uniform lighting of what’s below it with little glare. Different kinds of reflectors can accomplish different kinds of illumination tasks for high-bay lights . Aluminum reflectors make light from the fixtures flow directly down to the floor, while prismatic reflectors create a more diffused lighting useful for illuminating shelves and other elevated objects in a space.


Applications of high bay lights

LED high-bay lighting is transforming the energy footprint of large industrial facilities. And it’s about time. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting uses as much as 29% of the electricity generated in the United States.  For industrial facilities, traditional lighting:

 Uses 38% of the energy in a typical warehouse

Requires 15% of the energy in a refrigerated warehouse

Designed specifically for rugged industrial environments, our LED Lighting Systems typically replace 400W - 1,000W HID, HPS or HIF high-bay lighting fixtures, and reduces lighting energy use by up to 90%.  Installed as 1:1 retrofits of legacy fixtures and in new construction, our LED Lighting System is a smart high-bay LED lighting solution that delivers unmatched savings and proven value to industrial lighting customers.

All of our LED lights have been proven to have the highest allowable utility rebates available for any lighting incentive. These rebates along with Local, State and Federal Tax incentives reduce the project cost and increase the ROI of the project dramatically.

Learn more about our LED System’s performance in a variety of high-bay lighting applications - Cold Storage Lighting, Warehouse/Distribution Center Lighting, Manufacturing Lighting, Commercial and Retail Lighting.

And imagine what you could do with the savings!

Advantages of high bay lights

Numerous types of fixtures can be used when setting up high-bay lights. These include LED lights, induction lights, metal halide lights, and fluorescent lights. Each of these types of high-bay fixtures has its pros and cons. For instance, LED lights offer extremely long life and energy efficiency but require a bigger initial investment, while traditional incandescent lights are less expensive to purchase initially but don’t last as long and use more energy.

Besides having different costs and efficiencies, there are several types of fixtures available for high-bay lights. Round high-bay lights, linear high-bays, architectural high-bays and grid-mount high-bays all offer different light qualities and coverage styles. The type of light best for you can depend on your personal taste as well as what tasks you’ll be performing under it.

Having various fixtures and bulbs to choose from means you will have to do some research before determining what is best for you. For example, if you ask “How bright are 450w high-bay lights?”, the answer depends on multiple factors. A 450-watt metal halide light will be about as bright as a 200-watt LED light, and cooler color temperatures typically have a higher lumen output per watt. Our staff can assist you with your questions to make the best selection.

The right high-bay lighting choice can increase safety while maximizing energy efficiency and boosting productivity. At Take Three Lighting, we carry a wide range of high-bay lighting solutions available from the best manufacturers in the industry. For advice on the type of high-bay lighting that’s best for you, just give us a call at our toll-free number, drop us an email, or simply fill out our product quotation form. We love to hear from customers or potential customers and we look forward to working with you.


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