Using LED High Bay Lights for Warehouse Lighting and Fulfillement Centers
Are you tired of high energy bills, constant maintenance, and/or poor lighting in your warehouse? Do you want to improve the productivity and safety of your employees? If so, you may want to consider using LED high bay lights for your warehouse lighting. LED high bay lights are energy-efficient, are virtually maintenance free, and provide flicker free, high CRI light. This page will discuss the benefits of using LED high bay lights for warehouse lighting and will finish with answers to some frequently asked questions about these LED high bay lights.
Introduction to LED High Bay Lights for Warehouses and Fulfillment Centers
As warehouses are typically large spaces with high ceilings, proper lighting is a crucial aspect to ensure a safe and efficient working environment. LED high bay lights are the primary solution due to their energy efficiency, durability, and brightness. LED high bay lights can be configured for ceilings from 10 feet to 60+ feet, providing the appropriate light distribution and lumens required to make tasks being performed more efficient.
LED high bay lights also have environmental benefits that help households, businesses and institutions to meet their green initiatives. Also, LED high bay lights do not contain hazardous materials, such as mercury, which can be harmful to the environment.
What Are LED High Bay Lights?
LED high bay lights are a type of light fixture that is designed to illuminate medium and large indoor spaces with high ceilings ranging from 10 to 60+ feet. They are characterized by their high lumen output, long lifespan, and low energy consumption.
LED high bay lights use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as the light source, which are mounted on a heat sink to dissipate heat and prolong the LED’s life. Using different wattages and optics, LED high bay lights can be used in just about any size sports facility from a small gym in a home to a professional sports facilty with televised events and everyhting in between.
Advantages of LED High Bay Lights for Warehouses and Fulfillment Centers
LED high bay lights are highly energy-efficient. They consume less electricity, as much as 80% less energy than High Intensity Discharge (HID) high bay lights, resulting in lower electric bills. LED high bay lights also generate less heat than HID high bay lights, which means that they require less cooling and ventilation, leading to additional energy savings.
Ease of Installation
LED high bay lights are simple and light weight, as compared to old school warehouse lighting. LED high bay lights come with wires exiting the fixture making it easier to install. When retrofitting an old warehouse, most times the old fixtures can be replaced one-for-one. In new locations, the installer may choose to put outlets in the ceiling and plugs on the ends of the high bay cords. Then, once they are up on a lift, wiring is as simple as plugging the LED high bay into the outlet.
Durability and Longevity
LED high bay lights have a long lifespan. They can last up to 200,000 hours or more, depending on the quality of the LED chips, the driver, and the heat sink. This means that LED high bay lights require less frequent replacement and virtually no maintenance, resulting in lower maintenance costs and less downtime. LED high bay lights are also resistant to shocks, vibrations, and temperature changes.
Bright and Uniform Lighting
LED highbay lights provide bright and uniform lighting that enhances the visibility of gym users and spectators. The high lumen output of LED high bay lights ensures that there is no dark or dimly lit areas in the gym, which can be a safety hazard. Moreover, the even light distribution of LED high bay lights prevents glare and shadows, making it easier for athletes to focus on their workouts and competition. This type of lighting also creates a more inviting and welcoming atmosphere in the gym, which improves the overall experience.
Using LED high bay LED lights in warehouses and fulfillment centers is energy-efficient. Controls make them even more efficient and extends the life of the LED high bay lights. While there are advanced integrated control systems like DALI or DMX, controls today can be quite simple.
Many LED high bay lights now have plug-and-play or installed microwave occupancy and daylighting sensors. These sensors check for both occupancy and available ambient light. If the sensor notices someone is nearby, the light goes to full power or a pre-determined power level. When nobody is around, the light steps down the power or shuts it completely off.
The light sensor part checks for available light, possibly from a skylight window or open doors. This is know as daylighting. While the sensor may sense someone is working nearby, if there is enough light, the light will either stay off or only power up to the provide necessary light.
The net result is twofold. The more the lights are off or powered at a lower intensity, the less energy used and the longer the LED high bays last.
LED high bay lights don’t contain any Mercury, so there is no chance of a broken light bulb contaminating the workplace with Mercury. They also do not produce any UV rays, which can happen with metal halide lights. LED high bay lights can’t experience non-passive failure, a cause of major industrial fires. Also, the lower operating temperature makes LED high bay lights safer to handle without fear of burns.
Reduced Maintenance Costs
LED high bay lights require less maintenance compared to old-school lighting fixtures, with the primary benefit being the elimination of frequent lamp replacements. As a matter of practice, LED lights should never be put on the same circuit as HID lights or machinery, as this will reduce the life of the LED driver.
UPTA LED high bay lights for warehouses and fulfillment centers can be equipped with programmable microwave occupancy and daylighting sensors that minimize enegery use and maximize the life of the light fixture.
HIIO LED high bay lights have an optional low-cost microwave occupancy and daylight harvesting module that is located in the center of the LED high bay.
Features and Options of LED High Bay Lights for Warehouses and Fulfillment Centers
LED high bay lights for warehouses and fulfillment centers have features that can affect the performance of the LED high bay lights and the performance of the employees working under the lights. :
The lumen per watt (LPW) output of LED high bay lights determines the efficiency of the light fixtures. Higher LPW is obviously more efficient as you get more ligth per watt. LED high bay lights typically emit 130 LPW and up to 160 LPW. While the LPW is primarily determined by the LED driver, if the LEDs are not properly installed in a sufficient heat sink, the life of the LEDs will be shortened. They are shortened by the LEDs becoming more dim, emitting less light, at an accellerated rate. Footcandles is a measurement of the amount light emitted. The footcandles required will vary by each sport and the level of competition. For example a state level of recommended footcandles (fc) in a gymnasium is 50fc for practice and 80fc for sports events with spectators.
Footcandles is a measurement of the amount light emitted onto the work surface. The footcandles required in a warehouse or fulfillment center are determined by the work taking place. If there is insufficient light for a required task, the employees will not have proper light to see and perfomance will falter. To check to see the IESNA recommended footcandles for the tasks performed at your facility click here.
Warehouses and fulfillment centers typically use a color temperature of 5000 Kelvin. 5000 Kelvin it a bright white, crisp, full spectrum light with sufficient levels of blue to keep employees alert. Higher Kelvin, such as 5000K, also helos toi increase LPW.
Beam Angle and Light Distribution
The beam angle used in a LED high bay light control the light distribution. The objective is to provide light where the light is needed, as opposed to providing light everywhere and the light always being on. Let’s use a warehouse aisle as an example. A wide beam spread of 120° with a round Type V light distribution emitted from a high mounting will light the tops of the racks and boxes, but very little light will make it down to the floor or where the picking is being performed. A LED high bay light with the correct optics will light the aisle and not the tops of the boxes. Consult with an Access Fixtures lighting specialist to get the correct lighting for your facility.
Color Rendering ndex – CRI
The Color Rendering Index (CRI) of LED high bay lights indicates how accurately the light source renders colors compared to natural light. If there is a complleing reason to get 90+ color rendering, most LED lights will provide proper color rendering. High pressure soduim (HPS) high bay lights have an abysmal CRI of 20. Mercury vapor (MV) light fixtures have poor color rendeing of about 25 CRI, while Metal Halide (MH) has about 60 CRI. LED high bay lights are typically at a minimum 70 CRI, which again is sufficient for most warehouse and fulfillment center applications.
IP Rating and Water Resistance
LED high bay lights in warehouses and fulfillment centers do not neccessarily require high IP ratings. High IP ratings such as IP 65 and highewr document resistance to dust, bugs and water. In a clean environment, it doesn’t matter much. If the application is dirty, dusty or wet, an IP rating of at least IP65 is recommended. The other exception is clean rooms where the an IP rating of IP 65 is a minumum standard.
Mounting Options and Design
LED high bay lights can be mounted in many ways. Ceiling mounts, pendant mounts that lower the light from the cieling, or even wall-mounts are used. The mounting option and mounting height of LED high bay lights will be based on the facility layout, ceiling height, optics and footcandle requirements.
Selecting the Correct LED High Bay Lights for Your Warehouse or Fulfillment Center
Selecting appropriate LED high bay lights for your warehouse or fulfillment center facility can be a challenging endeavor due to the extensive array of choices. When choosing LED high bay lights, it is important to consider various factors to ensure they meet your specific needs. An easy was is to consult with a lighting expert from Access Fixtures.
Facility Size and Layout
The quantity and location of LED high bay lights required will be influenced by the dimensions and arrangement of your warehouse or fulfillment center. A facility with larger dimensions and higher ceilings will require LED high bay lights with a higher lumen output compared to a smaller facility. The layout of aisles or areas with specific functions must be considered when slecting wattage, beam spread and light distribution. Access Fixtures offers a photometric study service conducted by a lighting engineer to determine the appropriate wattage, optics, and spacing of lights needed to meet a facility’s specific requirements.
When determining the lighting needs for your warehouse or fulfillment center , it is important to take into account factors such as the desired footcandles, color temperature, and Max/Min ratio. It is important to consider dimming or daylighting control options for both energy efficiency and convenience.
Get a Photometric Study – Speak With a Lighting Specialist
Which high bay light is best for your application? What wattage is best? How many high bay lights do you need? Speak with an Access Fixtures’ lighting specialist. An Access Fixtures’ Lighting Specialist will be able to provide you with all the answers. If your project requires a photometric study, an Access Fixtures lighting specialist will work with one of our lighting engineers to provide you with one.
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