What's the difference between high bay and low bay lights?
Let´s start with a reasonable question. What does high bay lighting mean?
Well, they are used to illuminate spaces with high ceilings (not only bays). The term describes in a very easy way the appropriate ceiling height for this light to be used. And by usually, we mean ceilings ranging from 20 feet or above. Another important detail is the power of the fixture since a high-ceiling location has more space to fill, a high bay lighting by definition is a powerful light source that can brighten up a large area.
One of the benefits of high bay lighting is that it provides clear, uniform lighting of what’s below it with little glare. Different kinds of reflectors can accomplish different kinds of illumination tasks for high bay lighting. Aluminum reflectors make light from the fixtures flow directly down to the floor, while prismatic reflectors create a more diffused lighting useful for illuminating shelves and other elevated objects in space. high bay lighting are usually found in warehouses, factories, and hangars, and Low Bay fixtures are found more in retail stores, grocery stores, and workshops.
Instead, Low Bay Fixtures are used in large rooms with a ceiling height between 12 and 20 feet. You will often find bay lights that are 150W or above referred to as High Bay with a beam angle of 90 degrees or narrower. Low Bay lights are typically 60W to 100W with a beam angle of 120 degrees.
Low Bay lights are usually found in warehouses too, Ware House, petrol Station, retail Stores, factories and hangars, and Low Bay fixtures are found more in retail stores, grocery stores, and workshops. They can also use reflectors or lens to spread the light far out to maintain the desired lighting level.
A light designed for a warehouse is totally different than a light designed for a gymnasium or a factory floor. In a gymnasium or a factory floor, a light can distribute in the area evenly while in a warehouse, a light can light up the face of the shelves and on the pathway between two shelves.
Choosing the right High Bay fixture can make the difference between a successful lighting project or a complete lighting disaster.