Are you making changes to your high bay lighting? The LED Light Distribution team would like to share information to help you know how to make high bay lighting choices. There are so many choices of LED lighting available it can be difficult to know where to start.
LED lighting is energy efficient, has fast start times, and has great quality lighting. We hope you will find this information will help get you started on your project.
Develop a Layout
Develop a plan for the area and how much light you need. Different places have different lighting needs. For example:
- A warehouse needs 500 lux lighting so people can see well enough to perform work.
- In a storage unit usually, 300 lux lighting is enough.
- A retail store should have at least 800 lux lighting to keep the store well light and attract customers.
Choose the Lumens and Wattage
Lumens measures light output. Lumens is the main thing to watch when making lighting choices. Wattage measures energy usage to create light. Different wattages are available for LED lighting. but first, make sure the lumens are enough. The more efficient an LED light is, the less wattage it will use. The installation height of the lighting will help to determine how many lumens and wattage requirements.
- 10 to 15 feet high needs 10K to 15K lumen
- 15 to 20 feet high needs 16K to 20K lumen
- 25 to 30 feet high needs 33K lumen
Spacing Between Lights
Next, determine how much space needs to be between each light. Here are some references to use as a guideline to determine how many lights you’ll need:
- 15 feet high lighting
- Normal lighting needs to be 15 feet apart
- Bright lighting needs to be 12 feet apart
- 20 feet high lighting
- Normal lighting needs to be 18 feet apart
- Bright lighting needs to be 15 feet apart
- 30 feet high lighting
- Normal lighting needs to be 25 feet apart
- Bright lighting needs to be 20 feet apart
Number of Lights Needed
Make a layout of the size of the area that needs to be lit. Use the appropriate spacing above to determine how many lights you are going to need to fill the area.
Type of Lighting
High bay lights can be either round or linear. For lighting down aisles linear lighting is best. If the lights are installed above 15 feet high you’ll find the round lights easier to install. Wide-angle linear lights are also good for lower heights.
Calculating the lux can be difficult and requires some specific software. For these purposes a general guideline of 2 lumens per square foot for standard lighting, or 3 lumens per square foot for bright lighting will help to calculate you have sufficient lighting for your space.
To avoid hot spots it is best to have lighting come from different directions and overlap. It will stop shadows and give a consistent light effect. You might need to consider using more light fixtures that use lower lumens to give better lighting.
Don’t forget to always use lumens when choosing how many lights are needed. Lumens will tell you how much light you are getting. Wattage only tells you how much energy the lights will use. Wattages are not indicators of light output.
Need Help? Give Us a Call
The LED Light Distribution team hopes this information will help you. Determining what kind of lighting and how many lights you need for your project can be daunting. If you have any questions or would like help please give one of our team members a call. We’d love to help you find the best options for your lighting project.