When To Use LED High Bay Lighting Fixtures

- Sep 17, 2019-

Understanding the reasons behind those guidelines will help facilities managers to select the best high bay lighting fixtures for their own specific facilities.

High bay lighting fixtures are generally installed in any facility that has a ceiling height of more than twenty feet. Twenty to forty feet is typical, and is common in facilities such as gymnasiums, warehouses, manufacturing plants, airplane hangars, and distribution centers. Many facilities with high bay lighting fixtures operate on a 24-hour basis or are interior locations with no ambient outdoor lighting, and accordingly require good lighting to allow round-the-clock operations with no changes or variations in ambient conditions. Good high bay lighting fixtures have reflectors and optics that provide a more uniform light beam dispersal over a large area to eliminate shadows and dark areas.

Most high bay facilities have traditionally relied on an array of high pressure sodium or metal halide flood lighting that illuminates the entire facility as broadly and indiscriminately as is possible. Because of their high ceiling heights, high bay facilities are not amenable to the kind of linear or panel lights that are more appropriate for lower ceiling heights. Newly-built high bay facilities and existing facilities that are considering a lighting retrofit will realize the many benefits of installing LED high bay lighting fixtures.