LED High Bay Lighting

By courtney_patrick on 03/21/2018

black and white image of a round high bay light on a ceiling

LED High bay lighting is designed for use in warehouses, buildings with high ceilings, or areas with high open-air lighting (stadiums, sports fields, etc). There are a variety of different types of high bay lights including UFO, linear, and pendant.

The most important things

large spacious warehouse with high bay lights

When considering high bay fixtures, there are a couple important factors that should be considered.

First off, all high bay lights must be installed at a minimum of 50 feet. High bay lights have a narrow beam angle, and if installed at lower heights,  will create a spotlight effect and deeper shadows.

Secondly, if you are converting your high bay lights from Metal Halide to LED, you need to consider that LED wattage is not the same as HID wattage and will need to look for the correct wattage equivalent. For example, a 175W HID light is equivalent to a LED 60W light.

UFO vs Pendant High Bay Lights

Black UFO light on white background

UFO and Pendant High Bay lights are both round shaped high bay lights that can easily give off a spotlight effect if improperly installed at a lower height.

There are two main differences between a pendant light and a UFO light. A pendant light is often hung lower creating more of a dangling effect. Pendant lights also come with cages or shade reflectors to disperse light or protect from flying objects.

UFO lights, unlike pendant lights, are often hung closer to the ceiling and are uncovered.

Linear High Bay Lights

linear light on white background

Linear high bay lights are a more rectangular shape compared to the UFO and Pendant light’s round shape. They are most often used in warehouses and look very similar to LED shop lights, which are commonly used in garages and other work spaces. If you are looking for a linear light fixture for a room with a ceiling lower than 50 feet, we suggest looking at our LED shop lights.

Linear tube lights can come in a variety of connection types including direct replacement, ballast bypass, and hybrid. However, we recommend direct replacement for easy installation.

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