Posted by Ash on Aug 8th 2018

LED High Bay Lighting Buyers Guide

How to Buy LED High Bay Lights – A Complete Buyer’s Guide

LED lights are proving to be a groundbreaking invention – thanks to their low electricity usage, fast start times, low heat emissions and high quality of light. These lights really help consumers save a lot of money on energy expenses and get better light for their homes and businesses. 

However, most people are not sure which light to buy. LED lights come in different sizes, colors and lumens and this makes it difficult to find the right light. With LED Light Expert, you don’t have to worry at all. Here we will discuss a complete buyer’s guide that you can use to find the right LED lights for your high bay applications.

As the prices of electricity have increased and LED Lights have come down, businesses have started looking for cost-effective and energy saving ways of implementing LEDs. Replacing old high bay lights with new energy efficient ones is a great start.

Why LEDs for High Bay Lights?

Before we move into the detail of choosing the right LED lights, it is important to determine why you need to choose LED lights. There are different reasons why you should choose LED bulbs for high bay lights. Some of them are listed below:


The cost of LED high bay lights and LED light bulbs is very low right now as compared to other bulbs. You can get these bulbs at the same prices as other light bulbs.

Energy Saving Option

As the planet faces energy challenges and it is becoming very difficult to find new and better sources of power that does not ruin the enviroinent. This is the reason why you need to look for options that can play a part in saving energy. LED light bulbs consume less energy and produce more light. Using these lights, you can save a lot of money from those mounting electricity bills.


Everyone wants to improve the appearance of their home and business. For that reason, they look for different décor items and other design ideas. However, a bright business attracts customers and makes them feel safe. LED lights produce more lumens of light and make your business really shine brighter.


These lights are very long lasting. You don’t have to change them again and again. At an average, a LED corn light bulb lasts for 20 years.


In LED light bulbs and LED High Bay Lights, there is no UV or mercury used or emitted. As a result, they are very safer to use and operate than other light bulbs. These lights are an ideal option and safe for health as well.

These are a few reasons why you need to choose LED Lights. Let’s now move to the buyer’s guide for LED High Bay Lights.

Design Layout

When you are looking for a High Bay UFO LED Light, you should have a clear picture in mind of why you need it and where you will be using them. For different places, you would need a different light that would suit the place and meet the requirements. For example:

  • Retail Store: If you have a retail store, you need a bright light to attract more customers. At a minimum, you need 800 lux on the ground to illuminate the retail store.
  • Warehouse: In a warehouse, it is important to choose 500 lux so that the work environment for the supervisors could be improved.
  • Storage: In case of storages, a light with 300 lux is more than enough.
  • When you know the requirements, it is time to choose the wattage.

    Wattage and lumens

    High Bay LED lights are available in different watts, but its the lumens you need to keep an eye on. As LEDs get more efficient they will use less and less watts. You can easily choose one depending on the height where the high bay lights are installed. There are different watts for different levels of height:

    • 10-15 feet – This height is ideal for lights with 10,000 to 15,000 lumens.
    • 15-20 feet – This height is ideal for lights with 16,000 to 20,000 lumens.
    • 25-35 feet – For this height, lights with 33,000 lumens are ideal.
    • 35+ feet - This heigh is ideal for very high lumen LED high bay.


    The spacing between lights is also an important factor in choosing high bay LED High Bay lights. There are three most common cases that you can consider to find the best light for your space. These are listed below:

    • At 15 feet height, about 12 feet spacing is essential for a bright light. However, if you need normal light, a space of 15 feet should be present.
    • At 20 feet high you can go to 15 feet spacing for generating bright light and if you need normal light, a spacing of 18 feet should be used.
    • At 30 feet height, you can go for 20 feet spacing between the lights in order to get a brighter light. However, for normal light, you can go for 25 feet spacing.

    Number of Lights

    After you have determined the spacing between the lights, it is now time to know how many lights you are going to need. The number of lights depends on the available space. Using the spacing and the quality of brightness you need, you can know the number of lights you will be needing for a particular space. You can also create a layout to calculate.

    Type of Lights

    High Bay lights are available in a variety of shapes. We offer both round lights, now known as UFO High Bay Lights and longer larger ones knows as LED Linear High Bay Lights. Most people do not know that round lights spread the lights out just fine if hung a few feet higher up. Above about 15 feet we always recommend round. They are easier to install. In areas with aisles the linear lights become ideal. At lower heights you can opt for the wide angle style linear high bay lights.

    How to Calculate Lux?

    Lux is a complicated matter to calculate. You have to make a full CAD plan, (and we do have IES files if needed) however, there are certain simple ways to help you with the calculation without doing Lux. We can accomplish the goal with other factors the lumens per square foot of the available space as well as height and spacing. A good number is 2 lumens per cubic foot. If you want bright light, you can go for 3 lumens per cubic foot.

    Always Get Cross Over Lighting

    In order to get better light, you should have light coming from different directions. This is called cross over lighting. Ideally we want it from at least 3 locations. The light coming from opposite sides reduces shadows and evens the lighting. As a result, you get better light that avoids the hot spots of bright light you sometimes see . You may have to plan lower lumen fixtures but more of them for better lighting.


    Last but not least, you should always look for lumens, not watts. No matter how much watts you choose, if there are not enough lumens, you will not get better light.

    These are some factors you need to consider while choosing a high bat LED light bulb. If you are not sure, you can always contact us and we will guide you further.