Any warehouse or industrial facility can benefit from high bay lighting, because standard bulbs won’t be strong enough to illuminate such a large surface area. HID bulbs will go out more often, which an add maintenance costs. And they can consume more energy. Both of these factors can make them costlier to run, which can eat into a company’s profit. While HID bulbs have been the standard for many years, there is a growing number of manufacturers that are implementing LED technology for high bay lighting.
Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs use a semiconductor that emits a light when it’s activated. When enough voltage runs through the leads, it releases a form of photonic energy that can produce a bright light. One of the major benefits of LED Technology is that the color of the light can be changed by manipulating the semiconductor to which the diodes are attached. While the technology has been around since 1962, it has been recently used as a conventional lighting source.
While standard bulbs will need to be periodically changed, LED’s can last for years. So, it can have a number of benefits for companies that need to manage large commercial or industrial spaces. Operating an HID lamp can cost more than $500 a year, which doesn’t include the cost of replacing the bulbs once they go out. Using an LED solution can significantly reduce this cost, because they won’t use as much electricity over the long term.
The most obvious benefit of an LED high bay light fixture is that it can cut your costs in both energy and maintenance, but you’ll also see an increase in performance. While HID bulbs can operate up to 1000 Watts, LED high bay light fixtures only go up to 495 Watts (which can result in a 40% to 60% drop in your overall energy consumption). You can save up to $300 per fixture if you implement an LED high bay solution, and you will get a light that will be distributed more evenly throughout the area (as opposed to an HID bulb that can produce “bright spots” in the area that’s directly underneath the fixture).
Because LED bulbs can last much longer, they can reduce the need for regular maintenance. An LED high bay light fixture can last over 100,000 hours, which is much longer than an HID lamp. The rate of degradation for an LED bulb is much lower, which is the reason for its long life. In fact, converting your space to an LED lighting solution can result in a savings of over $5,000 in a three-year period.