Low bay lighting is used in the same applications as high bay but they are typically mounted 8 to 15 feet creating some different challenges and problems such as high glare, increase levels of noise and strobe effect. The mounting heights are typically lowered to try and create more of a task light application and since the fixtures are closer, use a lower wattage bulb such as a 250 metal halide. But, ultimately even though you are using a lower wattage bulb you are going to still have the same issues as old technology high-bay lighting, high energy usage and poor environmental stewardship. LED low bay lighting applications can be an improvement in many areas. LED lights can be manufactured using many different optical patterns solving many of the low bay lighting issues.
By using the proper optical patterns and LED luminaire you can eliminate the quality issues of metal halide and fluorescent lighting while saving substantial amounts of energy savings.
Low Bay Lighting for Offices
Walk into any office environment today and 90% of the lighting you will find will be the same from one location to the other, a recessed 2×4 4 lamp T12 troffer in a drop ceiling. Three of the biggest problems with 2×4 troffers are;
• Low bay lighting levels are low because many of the bulbs are burned out and nobody wants to replace them.
• Low bay lighting levels are too high because the amount of natural daylight entering the room with no way to adjust lighting levels from the troffers.
• The lights are on and nobody is in the room.
But with today’s LED technology the advantages for upgrading from the old fluorescent to new LED troffer’s is a smart decision.