HID High Bay and Low Bay Retrofits
Shop for easy to install LED High Bay Retrofit Bulbs for Metal Halide and HPS Hi Bay Fixtures. We offer models to replace up to 400W HID.
Our Industrial LED High Bay and Low Bay Retrofits are specifically designed to replace the Metal Halide bulbs inside your existing Bay Fixtures. Shop for easy to install LED High Bay Retrofit Bulbs for Metal Halide and HPS Hi Bay Fixtures. We offer models to replace up to 400W HID.
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LED High Bay and Low Bay Retrofit Bulbs
High-bay and low-bay lights are light fixtures generally mounted on ceilings or on ceiling girders through the use of pendants or chains. These light fixtures are the best sources of illumination for an expansive open space that has a ceiling height of over 10 feet.
They are commonly used in:
The height of the ceilings is what determines the kind of bay lights to be installed. If, for instance, the ceiling height is over 20 feet, high-bay lights are best. For spaces that have ceilings over 12-20 feet high, low-bay lights are best.
Lenses are usually fitted in these fixtures to focus light to specific areas, meaning that when you install LED low-bay or high-bay retrofits, you will need fewer fixtures to cover the same space – because the light is very intense. Lenses also help spread light in a uniform pattern.
For years, most bay applications used HID lamps. However, as LED technology emerged and evolved, LED high-bay and low-bay lights became widely adopted.
There are distinct differences between high-bay and low-bay lights that make each suited to its own environment. Low-bay light is less intense while high-bay light is more intense since it has more area to diffuse before it gets to the work surface.
Bay lights are perfect for boosting user safety through enhanced visibility. Unlike older HID bay light fixtures, LED bay lights have long lifespans and their working mechanism is not adversely affected if they are turned on and off frequently – like HID lamps. They provide light for longer, lowering your lamp replacement and lighting maintenance costs as well.
Benefits of Retrofitting Your Traditional Bay Light Fixtures
Warehouse High Bay Retrofit. Look at the difference in color, clarity and how much brighter the lighting is
If you have older HID bay lights in your facility and are thinking of upgrading to LED technology, you will be faced with the dilemma of either purchasing new fixtures or retrofitting your current fixtures with LED bay retrofits. LED bay retrofits have many benefits and have one big advantage over new fixtures: they are more affordable.
These lights have the same advantages as new LED light fixtures and help you to save on installation costs as well. They help lower your facility's environmental footprint by not only saving energy but in the reduction of dumped older fixtures that could work well with some tweaking.
By retrofitting older light fixtures with new LED technology, your facility will enjoy a reduction in energy consumption of up to 75%. There will also be increased productivity, because good light is essential for work efficiency. If light controls are integrated into your lighting system, your facility could enjoy increased energy savings of up to 90%.
What Is Retrofitting?
To retrofit means to add a feature to an object that wasn't part of its original design. For light fixtures, this means replacing old lamps and their ballasts with newer LED heads and drivers. The older fixtures are retained but the lighting technology is better.
If the existing light fixtures are in good condition, retrofitting is often encouraged as a cost-saving measure. A full fixture replacement ( a full redesign) is the opposite of retrofitting. It means getting rid of the traditional bulbs, the ballasts, and the fixtures and installing new LED lights and fixtures.
A redesign is a more expensive undertaking than a retrofit and should only be exercised if the light fixtures available are utterly enclosed, dysfunctional, or if the building requiring high-bay lights is new or undergoing remodeling.
The Main Advantages of Retrofitting
Most building owners and managers would love to adopt LED light technology but the high initial costs are a hindrance. And while the costs of LEDs are becoming affordable by the day, the lights are still a bit pricier than other lighting systems.You can adopt LED technology faster if you choose LED high-bay and low-bay retrofits. Retrofit-kits are affordable and also take less time to install, meaning that you will have them up and running in no time. There are also government and utility rebates that you get if you do a changeover from older HID lamps to LED-retrofits. These will definitely go a long way toward decreasing the initial costs of the lights.
Future proofing buildings means to enhance them to maximize their full life value in an age where ongoing technological advancements cause untold changes.
As technology advances, what was new a decade ago is quickly becoming obsolete. If you future proof your building by installing LED high-bay and low-bay retrofits, that might translate to fewer costs for you in the future when old lighting systems are no longer applicable.
Since environmental degradation is on the rise, many laws are being created to enforce energy efficiency in buildings. In the future, buildings that drain the energy grid might face decommissioning if they cannot be redesigned. Retrofitting older fixtures with energy-efficient LED bay lights will help prolong the lifespan and use of your building or facility.
LED lights outlast all other lighting technologies. And since they are highly efficient, you may require less of them than you would HID lamps. These lights are brighter because they have a higher luminous efficacy – they produce more lumens per watt.
This basically means that fewer lamps will end up in landfills – because you will have fewer lights that last a long time. Your facility will have a much smaller carbon footprint, especially since LEDs are made of recyclable materials and are usually recycled. HID lamps, on the other hand, contain dangerous components which are harmful to the environment if disposed of incorrectly.
HID lamps are not only highly inefficient, they are also high-maintenance lamps. They have a very short lamp life and a high lumen depreciation rate. In facilities where these lights are used, a lot of lighting maintenance has to be done to service or replace them when they reach the end of their lives.
Replacing these lights – which are usually mounted on very high ceilings – can be difficult and expensive. It is a very time-consuming process that requires an electrician to relamp all fixtures at once, both functional and non-functional, to eliminate the costs of replacing individual fixtures at a time.
LED-retrofits have a long lifespan, the longest of all lighting technologies on the market. They have a minimum of 50,000 useful hours and will light a building for years with no need for replacements. They will also maintain at least 70% of their brightness for their lifetime. There will be no need for relamping before their lifespan is over.
A Case Study
The Aquatics Center at Homestead High School in Mequon, WI, is home to 1,400 students and the surrounding community's go-to venue for events and competitions. To improve energy efficiency and safety, the school decided to do a lighting upgrade and install LED high-bay retrofits. This immediately resulted in enhanced visibility for the facility’s users.
The new light fixtures are more durable, safer, and more sustainable. The pool, which is in use all week from early morning to late night hours, initially had poor lighting. The fluorescent high-bay light fixtures made the pool area dim for swimmers and other athletes. In addition, they also made it harder to clean the pool.
Maintenance of the numerous light fixtures that were in constant use was a problem, too. The maintenance crew had to work during odd hours when the pool was not in use. These older vapor tight lights were also difficult to access and replace, and harder to dispose of since they had toxic components in them.
But the new LED high-bay retrofits used in the facility are light in weight (enabling easy installation) and also waterproof. They give off adequate light and outlive their fluorescent counterparts by years. The LED high-bays installed also increased the lumens on the pool deck from a measly 9 to 70 (seven times more) making the pool more attractive and safer for the users.
The low-wattage 160-watt and 200-watt LEDs have a high light output and excellent CRI values. Their IP65 rating makes them tough. The lights have helped the school to save tens of thousands of dollars that could have been used to settle high energy bills.
Case Study 2
St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater had a gymnasium with two large 400-watt metal halide lamps and a 150-watt halogen quartz lamp. The halogen lamp would be used to light up the gym as the HID lamps warmed up to full light output. The inefficient lamps were expending a lot of energy and the school needed energy-efficient light sources. The school’s administration settled for UFO LED high-bay retrofits with a high IK rating and impact resistant polycarbonate lens covers.
The 125W LED high-bay retrofits now save the institution up to 70% on light consumption and have increased the light quality by 20%. The LED light fixtures supply better light and will offer many years of top performance.
LED Bay Fixture Retrofits
Before you purchase a commercial LED Bay Fixture Retrofit, here are some things you should consider before you upgrade to green energy efficient lighting via retrofits.
1. Ballast Compatible or Ballast Replacement
You have a choice, replace the ballast or use the ballast. Typically, we are talking about HID Ballasts. Ballast compatible bulbs will work with the ballast once you confirm the ballast you currently have is compatible with the LED Driver. If it is, then you can screw out the existing bulb and replace it with the LED High-bay Replacement Bulb. We call these commercial Plug and Play LED Bulb Replacement lamps.
You will, however, in the future need to deal with the ballast if it fails, and these types of bulbs typically do need a ballast to work. It does not matter what voltage is being passed into the fixture, the existing ballast will accept it. Some of these bulbs require an open fixture, so if your fixture is sealed, you may want to consider another option.
A ballast replacement bulb requires you to remove the bulb and the ballast from the light fixtures and either replace the ballast with an external LED driver or screw the bulb into the socket, assuming an internally driven bulb. In either case, you are now sending direct ac power to either the LED driver or socket.
There is no need to worry about future ballast failures because it has been removed from the fixture. You will have to make sure the voltage being fed to the fixture is compatible with the internal or external driver associated with the LED bulb system. These systems also don't care whether it is Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium (HPS) or other HID lamps.
Please note: these retrofits should not be confused with LED post-top retrofits, or LED corn-style retrofits. LED Post-tops are not a good design option for high-bay applications.
2. Using a Standard Indoor Retrofit Bulb
Another alternative is using a standard industrial Retrofit designed to replace HID Bulbs. This technology is in the upper ends of LED efficiency and requires the bulb, ballast and socket removed from the fixture and replaced with a mounting bracket designed for High-bays. The driver gets installed where the ballast was, and the head gets installed in the fixture to the mounting bracket. Installing these commercial high-bay retrofits are simple and easy to do.
Our efficient LED Bay Fixture retrofit bulbs are warrantied for 5-10 years and are DLC Qualified and will save you at least 70% in energy savings.
3. Replacing the Lighting Fixture With a New LED Bay Fixture
The third solution is to replace the entire fixture with a new commercial LED Bay fixture. These types of replacements are relatively easy to do with our products, just unplug the fixture and replace it with a LED bay light and plug it in. These high quality fixtures (UFO style are available) are ultra durable, are built to last a very long time, and offer great energy savings.
Typically you will find these lighting fixtures in and indoor area, such as a warehouse. However, for outdoor applications, make sure you look for high-bay products or high-bay retrofits that are at least IP65 rated.
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