LED High Bay Lights
About High Bay Lighting
High bay lighting (also known as ‘hi bay’ or ‘UFO’) is a solution for spaces with high ceilings, where bright and uniform illumination is needed over a large area. It is typically used in commercial spaces such as factories, warehouses or retail stores, where ceilings are over 5m. Our LED high bay lights offer a durable and low-maintenance alternative to fluorescents, Metal Halides or HPS (High Pressure Sodium) lights, all of which have drawbacks such as long warm-up times, UV and infrared radiation and energy inefficiency. By contrast, LEDs deliver a high light quality, with a range of colour temperatures available. They turn on and off instantly with no warm up or cool down time. Their extremely long lifespan means maintenance is minimal and low cost. They are highly energy efficient and produce a 180 degree spread of light with very little spillage and therefore wasted energy. LEDs produce minimal heat, which is particularly beneficial in a temperature-controlled or sensitive environment.
Colour temperature refers to the appearance of the light produced by a light source. The temperature is measured in Kelvin (K). Temperatures below 5000K are usually referred to as ‘warm’ and light contains more red or yellow tones. Temperatures over 5000K are ‘cool’ and are more blue in tone.
Cool WhiteA Cool White colour temperature of 5000K is closer to natural daylight. It is a bluer light which gives clear illumination. It is the more common choice for workplaces and commercial spaces requiring attention and focus. This is our recommended colour temperature for high bay lights in warehouses or industrial environments.
Warm WhiteA Warm White colour temperature of 3000K produces a softer light that is closer to fire or candlelight. It gives a cozier ambience than cooler colour temperatures and as such is often used in homes, restaurants or any setting where an inviting and relaxing atmosphere is sought. We recommend Warm White for retail stores using high bay lighting.
Suspending high bay lights allows for the light level to be lowered in spaces with very high ceilings. In buildings with ceilings of 5-10m, high bay lights can be suspended on chains to place the light where it’s needed. This ensures that sufficient light reaches the ground.
High bay lights are always suspension mounted, but in cases where the ceiling is low enough, the suspension chains may only be short (for example 10cm), giving the appearance of surface mounting.
High bay LED lighting suits a variety of commercial applications, with benefits including energy efficiency, long lifespan and minimal maintenance requirements. Below are some of the environments where high bay lighting is an optimum solution. Warehouses & Factories Warehouses and factories are the most common applications for high bay lighting given the need to spread light evenly over a very large area. Warehouses with high shelving, in particular, need light which is mounted high enough to be distributed without being blocked, as this creates shadows. These businesses also often have 24-hour operations making LEDs a more economical choice as they are energy efficient and require little maintenance.
Garage & Workshop
Garages and workshops typically need bright light to carry out detailed, intricate work. Colour rendering may also be important for matching bodywork, a consideration which can be accommodated with a high CRI LED.
Indoor Basketball / Sports Stadium
Sports stadiums require an even, bright spread of light to ensure participants and spectators have a clear view uninterrupted by glare or shadows. Choosing a light without flicker is also important for comfort.
Gyms need bright illumination without glare or shadow. LED high bay lighting produces minimal heat emissions which is a benefit in a gym environment which is likely to be air-conditioned. Low maintenance also means there is little down time when facilities are not accessible.
High bay lighting can provide an industrial feel in retail stores, which need a solution with no warm up time that provides clear and uniform light. High CRI is important to represent the colour of products accurately and at their most vibrant. Reliability and maintenance are also key considerations when ceilings are high and not easily accessible.
Large commercial spaces have typically been lit using options such as Metal Halide (MH), High Pressure Sodium (HPS) or fluorescent lights. These technologies all come with drawbacks, which are addressed by modern LED options.
HPS (High Pressure Sodium)
HPS lights have a narrow colour spectrum, producing a very yellow light, and poor CRI. They take time to warm up and can flicker and come on and off at the end of their life. They are not as energy efficient as LEDs, due to the ‘wasted’ spread of light they produce, and energy lost through heat emissions created. HPS lights are fragile and more prone to breakage and failure, and in the worst case the glass bulb can fall from the ceiling. They contain hazardous materials meaning they need special disposal.
MH (Metal Halide)
Metal halides produce a 360 degree spread of light which must be reflected and redirected, which results in light ‘spillage’. This, plus their long warm up time, makes them inefficient. Metal Halides produce higher heat emissions as well as infrared and harmful UV radiation. They are fragile and prone to breakage and failure, and the hazardous materials they contain mean that specialist disposal is required at the end of their life.
Fluorescent lighting has typically been used in many commercial applications, however they have a number of issues. Older fluorescent lights had a long warm-up time and also emitted a buzzing sound. As with HPS and MH options, fluorescents scatter light in a 360 degree spread around the bulb which is inefficient. They produce UV radiation and also contain toxic materials, so require special disposal. Fluorescents can also cause health issues including acting as a trigger for migraine headaches.
What wattages are available? The wattage required depends on a combination of factors including the type of space (warehouse, gyms, retail stores, etc.), the ceiling height and the nature of the building. We have a range of wattages available and can advise on the best option:
What shapes do the lights come in? As a standard, the high bay lights come in a circular form. If you are looking for a more traditional look, we can custom order/produce cone/head shaped designs. What is the price for high bay LED Lights? Price ranges from $160 – $300 per unit. What globes does led high bay lighting use? High powered long lasting LED Chips from top brands. Do you offer wholesale? Yes these are a wholesale product with MOQ of 5 units. Sample upon request.