Linear LED High Bay Light Uses
Linear high bay lights are the preferred choice of warehouses, workshops and industrial facilities throughout the world. In recent years, LED’s have come to dominate the high bay market due to their many advantages over traditional HID fixtures. LED Linear high bays are a popular choice for business owners and building managers looking for lighting solutions that offer reduced energy consumption, lower maintenance and longer lifespan.
Linear High Bay Lighting Guide
Warehouse, shop and industrial faculty owners and operators are always looking for ways to reduce operating costs in order to improve their business’s bottom line. One of the areas that always stands to be improved is lighting, which is generally considered a fixed cost. Historically, high bay lighting has always had a large impact on annual budgets. This is due to the high lumen requirements of facilities with high ceilings. For those looking to significantly reduce this large section of their operating budget, linear LED high bays have become the dominant choice. This is due to their dramatically increased energy efficiency, lower maintenance requirements and long lifespan.
Linear LED high bay lights are similar in purpose to UFO LED high bays in that they illuminate areas with elevated ceilings such as warehouses, workshops and industrial facilities. Usually these facilities have ceilings over 20’ tall, some even as tall as 40’. Lights mounted this high up must produce a large amount of light, spread evenly over a large area. Since these lights draw significantly more power than regular lights mounted on lower ceilings, their efficiency is paramount to avoid unnecessary energy expenditures.
The biggest difference between Linear high bays and their UFO counterparts is the way in which the light is distributed. UFO LED high bay lights distribute their light in an even round pattern, whereas linear high bay lights distribute their light in a rectangular pattern. This can have advantages in certain situations where illumination of walkways and long narrow areas is desired. Linear high bay lights can also be used in situations requiring intense light density, such as over a workspace or high traffic area.
How Many Linear High Bays Do I Need?
Generally speaking, LED linear high bays range from 90 watts and 12,200 lumens all the way up to 400 watts and 56,000 lumens. Some of the more modern linear style high bays actually have switches to adjust the power output (watts) and color temperature (kelvin) to desired levels.
Photometric layouts can be used to determine the exact number of fixtures required to properly illuminate an area. Below is an example of a photometric plan created for a commercial gym. In this plan, there were 4 150 watt LED linear high bays used at 57 foot candles.
Types of LED Linear High Bays
We offer several types of linear LED high bay lights for any warehouse application. The Packard Series features premium Samsung LED technology, producing a high quality of light. They are constructed with a shatterproof housing and are made of robust components - ensuring a long and trouble free lifespan. All of these lights feature DLC, UL, IP20, IP40, LM79 qualifications and come with a five year warranty. The Packard Series offers two primary types which we will describe in detail.
Packard Series 2x2 - These come in both 100W and 150W power ranges, producing 16,350 and 24,750 lumens respectively. For sizing purposes, the 100W version is designed to replace a 300W traditional high bay light and the 150W is designed to replace a 400W traditional high bay light. Both are 2’ long fixtures.
Packard Series 2x4 - This light comes only in a 200W version and produces a staggering 33,000 lumens. This light is designed to replace a 750W traditional high bay light and is a 4’ long fixture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are Linear high bays?
Linear high bay lights are long rectangular lighting fixtures that are used in buildings with tall ceilings. These ceilings usually are between 20’ and 40’ in height and therefore require a high powered light in order to properly illuminate the ground below. These fixtures are typically hung from cables, chains or another type of apparatus.
Q. Where are Linear high bays used?
Linear high bays are often used in place of the traditional round UFO style lights when a rectangular light pattern is desired. They are also used in applications requiring extra levels of illumination for safety and efficiency reasons. Popular uses include areas such as workspaces, walkways and high traffic areas.
Q. Why should you use LED Linear high bays?
Using LED lights yield many advantages over traditional bulbs such as Halogens or Incandescents. This is especially true for commercial and industrial needs such as high bay ceilings. For example, LED bulbs are more durable, energy-efficient, and produce less harmful toxins when compared to other types of bulbs. In other words, switching to LEDs can save costs and promote safety throughout a facility. Linear high bays are a highly versatile lighting fixture; LED tubes are used in conjunction with this fixture to provide high quality energy-efficient illumination throughout any warehouse or commercial facility.
The California Lighting Technology Center discusses the impact of using LEDs for high bay lighting in a 2015 report. According to the report,
“By 2020, advanced products and best practices will transform the California lighting market to deliver a 60 to 80% reduction in statewide electrical lighting energy consumption from 2010 levels.” (UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center, 2015, Lighting Technology Overview)