High Bay Lighting

Written by Dina Kayed
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If you have high ceilings at your place of work, say more than 15 feet high, it is recommended that you use high bay lighting for illumination. Usually high bay lighting is used in retail stores, gymnasiums, factories and warehouses. Mercury is a main component in high bay lighting systems.

High Bay Lighting Facts

There are many types of lighting systems to use in high bay settings. If the lighting system is not strong enough, it will not illuminate the area adequately. Standard incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes do not have the capacity to work efficiently in a high bay area. Make sure your high bay lighting system is energy-efficient and therefore less expensive to purchase and run.

Metal halide-intensity discharge lamps are the most commonly used. High-pressure sodium lamps are not used so frequently because they do not show objects in their true color. T5s or high output fluorescents are energy friendly and do not produce a lot of heat. Finally, we have electrode-less induction fluorescent lamps.

Because mercury is used as a main component in high bay lighting systems, they can have a strong impact on human health and the environment. Due to the hazards of mercury, scientists have been conducting many experiments to try to create high bay lighting systems that do not contain as much mercury, or better yet, are mercury free. When changing a high bay lighting bulb, make sure you don't break it so mercury does not come in contact with your skin. If this should happen, contact a health care provider as a matter of emergency.

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