Lighting can be one of the biggest energy consumers in large warehouse spaces, especially those with high ceilings that use high bay fixtures, and can represent more than 60% of an average warehouse’s electricity use. As HIDs (high-intensity discharge) and fluorescent lights become more outdated, they tend to waste electricity, causing energy bills to be even higher for lower quality lighting.

For these storage and shipping facilities, LED lights have become the ideal application for its numerous benefits. Not only do LEDs use less energy, but they also create a safer work environment and streamline overall operations.

Sports arenas, gymnasiums, loading docks and other industrial facilities can also find immense benefits by switching to LED high bay lighting fixtures.

These are just some of the advantages of switching your warehouse over to energy efficient lighting:

Reduced heat output: When LEDs are turned on, they don’t emit any heat- this isn’t just a safety advantage but also saves on cooling costs. This is great for refrigeration warehouses where it makes it easier to maintain optimum steady refrigeration temperatures. It is also estimated that facilities can save up to 20% on other utilities, as high bay LEDs will decrease the need for air conditioning.

Light quality and safety: LEDs create a more productive and safe work environment by allowing workers to see more clearly with proper lamp placement and better light uniformity over other lighting fixtures. LEDs are much easier on the eyes and do not have the flickering that can be experienced from fluorescents, which has been linked to many negative side effects, such as headaches and increased stress, in workers.

Reduced maintenance: As there can be so many high-bay fixtures in a warehouse, regular management and replacement is typically required, but because LED High Bays can last up to 50,000 hours, there is significantly less maintenance and replacement required when compared to other lighting fixtures.

Dimming and lighting controls: LEDs turn on and off immediately, whereas HIDs take longer to reach full brightness. Occupancy and lighting sensors can also be connected to save even more on energy costs within less occupied areas, while dimming allows for tailored lighting levels.

Financial benefits: Commercial retrofits may have high upfront costs, but the project pays for itself after a few years, and almost every state offers rebates and incentives for new construction and retrofitting to help offset some of those costs. Facilities can save up to 80% on electric bills compared to other lighting alternatives, and possibly even more if combined with smart sensors.

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