If you’re in the construction business, you are probably familiar with the many benefits LED lighting offers. LED light fixtures not only offer brighter light with less energy consumption, but they retain a consistent color temperature, and have an extremely long lifespan. Most LED light bulbs can last over 50,000 hours before needing to be replaced.
If you’re interested in saving money, and ready to replace your old lighting, you should probably consider LED low bay lights. Normally found in warehouses, auto shops, and office buildings, these light fixtures are a great choice for any facility with tall shelving. LED low bay lights are great replacements for inefficient fluorescent light fixtures, especially for ceilings less than 25 feet tall. And did I say energy savings!
These light fixtures are great for improving the indoor lighting of various commercial applications.
What are some advantages of LED low bay lighting?
LED lighting offers immediate savings, energy savings equaling money savings, and who doesn’t enjoy saving money? Low Bay lighting can help lower your electricity usage by decreasing the need for air conditioning.
Since LED light bulbs emit 85% less heat than traditional light fixtures like fluorescent and incandescent, your business will save way more money in HVAC costs. These light fixtures also have a way longer lifespan than traditional lighting, and will virtually eliminate maintenance and operation costs. This means, you guessed it, more money in your pockets!
Did you know that…
One 230-watt LED lamp can produce the same level of brightness as a 1000-watt HID or HPS light bulb. This can save your business tremendously, while still offering the same level of brightness at a fraction of the cost.
Should I Fully Replace My Existing Light Fixtures?
If you’re interested in replacing the aging light fixtures of an existing building, you may want to consider retrofitting. Retrofitting is the process of maintaining parts of your existing light fixtures, while updating them to LED technology.
LED Retrofit kits give you the flexibility of improving your lighting without having to pay for all new light fixtures.
If you’re not sure if you should replace or retrofit…
Here are 3 reasons why you should replace them:
- If you have aging and deteriorating light fixtures that hum and flicker like they have Tourette’s syndrome, give it up…it’s time.
- If you’re in need of light fixtures that are waterproof, retrofit kits are definitely not the solution.
- Sometimes retrofit kits, when not properly installed can cause explosions, so you may want to consider replacing them altogether.
Things to consider when choosing an LED light bulb
Lumens or Brightness: Low bay lights can offer various light outputs, which are measured in lumens. Because they are more energy efficient than traditional light bulbs, LED light fixtures can provide the same level of brightness at a lower wattage.
Wattage: LED light bulbs are more energy efficient than your traditional light bulb, like metal halide and high intensity light bulbs. For example, a 70-watt LED low bay fixture can offer the same brightness as a 300-watt metal halide light bulb.
For this reason, you should never purchase a light bulb, based solely on wattage. Always make sure to pay attention to the lumens as well.
Ceiling Height: Low bay lights are designed specifically for lower ceilings measuring no higher than 25 feet. If the ceilings of your building are higher than 25 feet, you should consider high bay light fixtures instead.
Beam Angle: Low bay ceiling lighting also offers many beam angles from very narrow spot lighting to very wide beam angles.
Color Temperature: Due to their high color consistency throughout their lifespan, LED light bulbs offer ranges of color temperatures, which are measured in kelvin. The type of business, or purpose for the lighting will all help determine the type of color temperature you desire.
CRI: Also known as the color rendering index, CRI measures how well a light bulb is able to reveal the true colors of objects and products. Most LED lights have a CRI index of 90+, which means that they produce a white light similar to natural light. The higher the CRI, the better the objects color will render.
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