Despite the ubiquity of these types of lights there are some inherent characteristics that can lead to issues, below we will look at the three most common: energy cost, maintenance costs and overall lighting performance.
LED High bay and low bay lights range from 175 watts to 1000 watts depending on the fixture and application. Generally speaking, the higher the light wattage the higher the light output. The variables here are a function of the area illuminated, combined with the height of the ceiling and fixture mounting. These factors all play a role in the wattages that is utilized.
The characteristics of your LED high bay lighting and low bay lighting can vary significantly depending on the type of lighting installed in your facility. Metal halide lamps produce a “whiter” type of light, however these types of lamps tend to have accelerated lumen degradation, meaning the light output of the lamps decrease quickly after initial install. It’s possible you’ve seen these high bay lights rendering a very “pink” light. While operational, they are barely providing any light on the intended surface below.
As we can see there are: high energy costs, frequent maintenance costs, and overall lighting performance issues associated with metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps. These issues in addition to overall lamp lifetime concerns should be a motivator to evaluate an alternative lighting solution for your facility.