LED lighting has many advantages. But having the fixtures installed is no cheap or easy task. Be sure to keep in mind some important things before buying and installing LED high bays.
Avoid Cutting Corners
LED lighting has many levels of lighting, from low to mid-grade all the way up to high-grade performance. Manufacturers group them according to their performance and quality, (known as LED binning). Some manufacturers will take name-brand LED lighting fixtures and pair them with low-quality LEDs in a less noticeable way to cut costs. Low-quality LED lighting’s performance may look great on paper but will reduce rapidly over time, leaving the owner disappointed and frustrated. Be sure to ask the questions to know you are getting the best in quality for the price.
Consider Quality of Light
Two factors used to determine quality LED lighting are CRI and CCT. CRI is the ability for lighting to reproduce colors accurately. Higher CRI is better. CCT is the color appearance of the white light. The most efficient LEDs have high CRIs and low CCTs. Configuring the lighting specs needed for industrial spaces and the high output required can reduce efficiency by up to ten percent. Be sure to compare each LED lighting fixture to make sure you are getting the most efficiency out of each.
Other Factors to Consider
Although CRI and CCT are important to consider for efficiency over time, there are also other factors involved. It is also important to note that degrading reflectors, yellowing lenses, or higher temperatures can also lead to lighting depreciation over time.
A stable temperature is essential for optimizing LED lighting performance and lifespan. Some low-cost LED lighting fixtures are equipped with drivers that will only last for 25,000-50,000 hours within a certain temperature. Elevated temperatures reduce lifespan even more. Be sure the light fixture is prepared to manage the LED driver for longer life.
LED lighting designs continue to improve and evolve over the years. A high=quality LED lighting bay should be able to last ten years or more. Choose a product that can accept installation of any future needs you may have and can be compatible with other options as needed. Thinking about the future and what you may need to add later on and choosing a fixture that can meet those needs down the road will save time and money in investing in something else later down the road.
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