LED High Bay Metal Halide Replacements for Warehouses
Apr 26 2019
It is easy to think of warehouses simply as big rooms. But the industrial nature of warehouses means that storage can get complicated. What you store, how you store it and how you look for it seem like easy concepts from the outside, but can become complicated very quickly. Finding the right lighting for the warehouse environment can help make all other aspects more manageable. In the past these lighting needs were met by high intensity discharge bulbs (HIDs) such as the metal halide. Here’s why the future is brighter by replacing them with LED lighting.
Gaowan has its challenges
The warehouse needs a high ceiling. In order to accommodate many different types of objects and storage objects, space needs to be large. But it's not just a high wall, it creates space for efficient lighting. The open nature of the warehouse means that the empty space needs to be filled with light throughout the volume. Once shelves, crates, and anything else that might be stored in them are factored into the equation, lighting requirements change.
Ceiling lighting is designed for high-rise buildings (20 feet or 6 meters). Unfortunately, metal halides and other HID designs do not effectively address these specific needs.
The arc that produces light is essentially omnidirectional because a metal halide bulb ACTS by passing electricity between the electrodes. This means that not all light will be directed to where it is needed, that is, most of the light will be directed away from the space below the ceiling.
LED lighting cannot work the same way. Leds use light energy and emit light in a given direction. Therefore, electricity is not used to supply wasted light energy. Bulbs such as the OEO EZ LED 1K ULTRA series are also designed for indoor, vertical, open lighting, which makes it easy to illuminate large Spaces. They also provide 95 ° Angle of light beam, it is very suitable for high bay, because it can lead to the lights you need. This means that it fills both vertical and horizontal Spaces in an efficient way.
It takes energy to fill space
Filling large industrial Spaces with lights, such as warehouses, requires a lot of energy. The 1K ULTRA is a direct replacement for the 1000W equivalent bulb. This means they provide the same amount of light as corresponding bulbs using 1,000 watts of electricity. That doesn't mean they're using a million watts of electricity to do that.
LED lighting provides lighting suitable for industrial space requirements. They use phosphor coatings on light bulbs to create incredible white light, meeting the needs of many industries, including the intensity and transparency required for warehouses. It does this by saving up to 62% of the energy cost per light bulb.
In terms of warehouse lighting, the savings in energy costs are significant. Not only that, but LED lighting is safer for workers because it provides better light quality without disrupting its circadian rhythm.
LED lighting saves a lot of money, and it's important to note that once prohibitive pricing no longer applies. With incentives that reduce initial costs and make it easier to replace/ballast bypass bulbs directly, the warehouse is better off with leds.
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