High Bay Lighting: Is It Right For Your Business?

As commercial electricians based in the Collegeville and Limerick, PA area, KB Electric LLC does many high bay light fixture installations for businesses in the Greater Philadelphia area and surrounding suburbs. High bay lighting is a popular choice when it comes to facilites that have big, open spaces needing a lighting solution throughout a particular room or building. 

What is High Bay Lighting?

High bay lighting consists of suspended high bay light fixtures that illuminate big, open areas for commercial spaces like manufacturing facilities, warehouses, department stores, gymnasiums, etc. with a ceiling height higher than 20 feet. High bay light fixtures are one of the better options for these types of businesses because they are a powerful light source, illuminating vertically AND horizontally to cover an extensive area. 

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Different Types of High Bay Fixtures

High bay lighting fixtures come in three common types:

Metal Halide High Bay Fixtures

A metal halide (MH) high bay light is a type of HID (high intensity discharge) lamp that produces light with an electric arc and a mixture of gases. Metal halides usually produce a bright white light, and last up to 20,000 hours. Some drawbacks of this type is wasted energy and a long warm-up time.  

High Pressure Sodium High Bay Fixtures

A high pressure sodium (HPS) high bay lighting fixture is another type of HID lamp. It is more efficient than your metal halide fixture, and lasts up to 24,000 hours. Just like the metal halides, the HPS has a long warm-up time as well.

Fluorescent High Bay Fixtures

Fluorescent high bay lighting fixtures are a different shape than your metal halide and high pressure sodium high bay fixtures. These are usually rectangle in shape, whereas the other two have a bell-shape to them. Fluorescents are higher in energy efficiency than the metal halide and high pressure sodium because they put off less heat. Depending on the type of fluorescent high bay lights, the lifespan could range from 20,000 to over 30,000 hours. 

LED High Bay Fixtures

Your best option for high bay lighting fixtures is LED. LED high bay lights trump the above three because they are more energy efficient, allowing for less maintenance and replacement costs. LEDs do not have the long warm-up times like the metal halide and high pressure sodium high bays, allowing you to turn them on and off with ease. You’ll save on energy costs because they are so energy efficient, which means saving money in the long run. The average lifespan of a LED high bay lighting fixture before needing a replacement is up to 100,000 hours, significantly higher than its counterparts above. The only drawback to the LEDs is the initial up-front cost, which is higher than the others; however, with the longer lifespan and higher energy efficiency, you’re looking at longterm savings.


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Replacement of HID High Bay Light Fixture with LED High Bay Light Fixture


Hire a Licensed Commercial Electrician For High Bay Lighting Installation

Does your commercial property have high ceilings and large, open areas in need of better lighting? Call a licensed commercial electrician for high bay lighting installation that will illuminate your warehouse, facility, gymnasium, department store, sports complex…the list goes on. High bay lighting fixtures are great for any of these businesses, as well as others with similar needs to brighten up an extensive area with ceilings higher than 20 feet.

KB Electric LLC installs high bay light fixtures for any and all types of commercial businesses in and around the Philadelphia area, including Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Berks County, and Chester County. Call us for expectational, friendly service!