Low Bay Lighting

Written by Dina Kayed
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One of the factors dictating what kind of lighting we use is the height of the ceiling in any given building. When a ceiling is 15 feet off the floor or less, it's called low bay. There are many lighting systems available for such areas. They include metal halide low bay lamps, sodium low bay lamps, mercury low bay lamps, aluminum low bay fixtures and acrylic low bays. These low bay lighting systems are not very bright, but they can provide an area with a consistent distribution of light which makes low bay lights ideal for areas with low ceilings.

Low Bay Lighting

Low bay lighting fixtures can be used in industrial buildings, commercial or retail applications. Sodium low bay lamps are good because they do not need much maintenance and economical to use. You can rely on them; you don't have to worry about them burning out very often. Their only setback is that they give out an orange light which distorts the true color of objects.

Metal halide low bay lamps produce a white light which makes these kind of low bays great for showing off the true color of objects. They can also illuminate well enough for the small details of objects to be seen. They do not last as long as sodium low bays however, but still can last up to five years, which is not bad. Mercury low bays give a soft white light. They are also not expensive to replace and they are very simple to use.

It is important to only use low bay lighting fixtures in areas where there are low ceilings. Otherwise, you can end up with a lot of glare and too much light with fixtures that are meant for higher ceilings. Too much of something is just as bad as too little. You will need fixtures that throw an even light and keep glare to a minimum.


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