Facilities with high bay lighting systems – manufacturing, distribution centers, warehousing, and more face unique challenges. The global economy is placing continuous pressure on these facilities to increase output and minimize the cost of operations. Companies are making significant investments in production systems and technologies to help these facilities operate effectively and 24/7.
The lighting systems in these facilities are a critical infrastructure to the success and ongoing operation of the space. Traditionally, metal halide or fluorescent lighting systems were used in high bay lighting applications; as the lifecycle of these solutions extends past two or three years, the metal halide or fluorescent lighting systems begin to present risk to the successful operations of a facility. These risks include:
1. Dark Spots – as metal halide and fluorescent lighting systems experience failures, dark spots are created in your facility. This lack of lighting uniformity may create a safety hazard and personnel risk for anyone working in the spaces, but the difficulty in correcting those lamp failures is often too challenging to be remediated quickly.
2. High Maintenance Costs – metal halide and fluorescent lighting systems in high bay lighting applications present a challenging dichotomy between the safety need to change out lamp failures and the high cost of maintenance. Performing maintenance on high bay lighting could involve work being performed over production lines or may require facility downtime to complete. In either case, the cost of maintaining metal halide or fluorescent systems in high-ceiling applications is costly.
3. Poor ROI On Lighting Investment – Due to the cost of maintenance and challenges associated with maintaining lighting systems in high-ceiling spaces, many facilities managers choose to do a proactive replacement of lamps any time maintenance has to occur on the lighting system. For example, even though only a single lamp in a 6-Lamp T5HO fixture has failed, facilities managers often choose to replace all 6 lamps proactively to help avert the need to perform more near-term maintenance. This proactive replacement is costly and may contribute to an extremely poor return on investment in your fluorescent or metal halide system.
A LED upgrade of high bay lighting systems may seem like a large undertaking for many facilities that are running 24/7 operations. However, when the total system costs and operational risks associated with metal halide or fluorescent lighting systems are reviewed, the benefits of an LED lighting upgrade are compelling. The lifecycle of LED lighting systems is far superior to that of fluorescent or metal halide and are often considered ‘zero maintenance’ as a result. Return on Investment for upgrading to LED lighting with intelligent lighting controls in high bay applications can be as fast a one year.
The right LED lighting system design and implementation will improve security, reduce cost and increase productivity in your facility. To learn more about the benefits of an LED lighting upgrade, download our case study.