How to choose the optimal LED high bays
Choosing LED high bays doesn't have to be a hassle. Here are the three most important factors to consider when shopping for high bay lights.
1) LED output - how much light is needed? The first thing to think about is LED output or how much light is needed in the space. If you've ever shopped for an incandescent bulb, you may already understand this concept because these products are rated using lumens instead of watts. Watts measure electricity usage, not brightness, so they aren't comparable between LED and incandescent bulbs. Of course, LED bulbs are more energy-efficient, so will use about 1/5 of the electricity used by incandescents.
As a rule of thumb, you can replace a 400w halogen light with a 100w LED high bay light and still experience higher lux levels. LED High bays not only save on energy, but also last longer than traditional LED light fixtures. As an example, our PS-UFO-MAX high bay comes with a 7-year warranty.
2) LED Beam Angle - What is the right beam angle? The next step is to consider how wide a spread of light you need, measured in degrees. In general, LED fixtures have a smaller beam angle than incandescent bulbs. For example, our PS-UFO-MAX has an 80 degree beam angle because we wanted to replicate the lighting effect from a traditional 400w halogen high bay fixture.
3) LED Color - What color is best? LED lights come in different hues. Hues are measured using the Kelvin (K) temperature scale. For example, LED light with a 2700 K color temperature emits warmer light than LED high bays with around 4100-4500K of lighting. So LED high bays with lower color temperatures like 2700 K are considered to be more "yellow." This isn't an issue if you want cool-white lighting (6000k+) for your space. Polaris Light provides most of our led high bays in 5000k, which is same colour as a normal sky.
4) Some LED high bays come with motion sensors built-in; they switch on when someone walks into a room and off when no one is there. This is great for when you want LED high bays in warehouses where lighting is required all day long, but you want them to switch off at night. Our PS-UFO-MAX comes with built-in movement sensors, that detect people 10m away and dim down 5 minutes after the activity has been detected. They are also delivered with a remote control which ensures that you can program the sensors to work optimally to your site.
If you're not ready to shop for LED high bays, LED lighting is becoming the standard in many different types of lighting fixtures, including downlights and LED pendant lights. Now that you have a better understanding of what makes up an LED light fixture, you'll be able to make the most out of your purchase by considering all three factors when buying LED high bay lights!