Types of Shop Lights
When selecting lighting for workshops and general purpose areas, ease of use, reliability, energy efficiency and solid performance are all key points to consider. Once installed, fixtures used in these applications are usually forgotten about and given minimal attention and maintenance until something goes wrong. Our LED shop lights are the perfect solution for these applications, offering durable, reliable and quality lighting that saves energy costs as well as practically eliminating regular maintenance thanks to its modern high performance LED technology.
Shop Lighting Design
Even with the highly advanced and high performance LED lighting fixtures available today, the benefits of this technology cannot be fully realized without a proper lighting design. A lighting setup tailored to the specific application will result in not only better lighting performance but also will save a considerable amount of operating costs over the lifespan of the fixtures. These lighting designs are known as photometric plans, and take into account several unique factors such as ceiling height, room dimensions and the foot candle ratings required for that specific application.
Because these factors not only vary per application but also are interdependent, successfully designing an effective photometric plan is outside the scope of most, including lighting and electrical contractors. It is for this reason that we offer in-house photometric planning services, with experts who will be able to take into account your needs and design a lighting plan tailored to your specific application with the maximum performance and energy efficiency possible.
To better illustrate our photometric planning capabilities, below is an example of a shop lighting design our photometric experts created for a large corporate automotive tire and service shop. This plan is specifically designed for a 300 foot by 115 foot facility.
High Bay LED Shop Lights
For applications with tall ceilings above 20 feet, the most effective type of fixtures that can be used are high bay LED shop lights, both linear and UFO style. These lights are specifically designed to produce intense lumen output with a narrow beam in order to ensure adequate foot candle ratings at the ground level. Built to be exceptionally resilient in a wide range of temperatures, these fixtures are perfect for applications running them for long periods of time with minimal maintenance.
The style of high bay chosen depends on several factors, most of which have to do with the shape and design of the area being lit. In most cases, UFO high bay lights are the best choice as their beam is uniform and thus easier to configure. This is especially true in auto repair facilities, indoor vehicle storage facilities, and large workshops which place a priority on ease of installation and adaptability. In shop applications requiring more specific types of lighting, linear LED high bays are sometimes used in order to provide a wider beam pattern. Linear high bays are most commonly used over work areas and work benches.
Low Bay LED Shop Lights
For areas that require strong lighting with ceilings below 20 feet, low bay LED shop lights are considered to be the best choice. These lights are designed to project their light over a broader area, and therefore have a wider beam angle than their high bay counterparts. Generally speaking, low bay lights will be linear in both shape and beam pattern, making them very popular in specific work areas such as automotive work benches, tire shops and packing tables where precise work is being carried out.
Low bay fixtures are usually 4 foot or 2 foot long, and are equipped with anywhere between two and six traditional tube style LED bulbs. There are some low bay fixtures that contain integrated LED strips, which offer the benefit of a streamlined design with purpose built LED chips instead of generic LED tubes. The style chosen really comes down to personal preference, as some users prefer the ability to change out or upgrade bulbs, while others prefer to have a simple plug-in-play setup that takes the guesswork out of things.