LED Warehouse Lights

Warehouse light fixtures are used to illuminate large indoor warehouse spaces with high ceilings. They’ll provide bright, high quality light from high ceilings ranging from 20 feet to 60 feet. Equipped with motion sensors, you can expect to lower your lighting bill dramatically with incredible ROI's. Businesses prefer led lighting in their warehouse because they deliver a powerful, high quality light source that rivals or exceeds Metal Halide or Fluorescent Lighting. They are proven to lower warehouse lighting maintenance costs and reduce lighting bills by 50% to 80%. It is easy to add motion sensors to LED high bays. Get Your Free LED Warehouse Lighting Plan
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An expert-guide to buying and converting to LED in your warehouse

1. Start with a lighting plan for your warehouse

No one wants to make a mistake choosing the wrong warehouse lighting. There is absolutely no reason why LED lighting can't replace Metal Halide or Fluorescent lighting. Choosing the right light is the biggest hurdle to get to a successful warehouse lighting conversion.

A warehouse lighting plan takes away all the risk.  It dictates all your lighting decisions to ensure you only purchase the high bays you need, such as the type of fixture, how many you will need, where they are located and distance in between fixtures. It will show you how bright your space is and how balanced the light is within the space.

Get your no-obligation warehouse lighting plan

LED Lighting Supply has been in business since 2008, and we have done 1000's of free lighting plans for our commercial and industrial customers.

Send us a drawing of your warehouse, or tell us the dimensions, and how bright you want it, and we will do the rest!

Our FREE lighting plans take the guess work - and risk - out of converting your warehouse over to LED

A Light Plan provides a report that allows you to see the light levels, how evenly the light is distributed, before you buy. Our software accommodates  high ceiling warehouse spaces. We can use your existing light locations or recommend changes to improve your lighting.


Warehouse Lighting Plan

2. What do you need to replace Metal Halide / Fluorescent Lights in your warehouse?

This is a tricky question because LEDs are much more efficient than other types of lighting. Watts are a measurement of the amount of energy consumed, and because LEDs use less energy to produce the same amount of light, you should not swap 400 Watts Metal Halide with 400 Watts LED.


 General Guidelines for converting to LED

250 Watt Metal Halide, choose between 10,000 to 12,000 LED Lumens
400 Watt Metal Halide, choose between 15,000 to 25,000 LED Lumens
1000 Watt Metal Halide, choose between 36,000 to 55,000 LED Lumens

4 tube F54T5HO, choose between 10,000 to 12,000 LED Lumens
6 tube F54T5HO, choose between 15,000 to 25,000 LED Lumens
8 tube F54T5HO, choose between 36,000 to 55,000 LED Lumens

You may notice there is a large variation in terms of lumens. That's because every space we do is different. In one location, a 120 Watt UFO High Bay may work perfectly. The next location might need a 150 Watt UFO High Bay. Both are designed to replace 400 Watts Metal Halide.

3. What's the best type of warehouse light?

UFO and Linear High Bays are two of the most common types of warehouse lighting. Every location is different, and so are its lighting needs. Chances are, one of these two light options will be perfect for your warehouse.

LED UFO Warehouse Light

UFO Warehouse Lights are round, compact, and rugged. They’re designed to replace both low & high bay HIDs, Metal Halide fixtures, and High-Pressure Sodium high bays.

They’re IP rated for wet locations, so if they happen to get wet, you don’t have to worry about the light being compromised. And, they are smaller and more compact than their linear fixture counterparts.

led linear high bay fixture for warehouses

Linear High Bays replace T5 and T8 tube-style fluorescent high bays. They’re great options for LED warehouse lights if you want a look that’s similar to your existing fixtures.  These high bay lights have a low profile.

And because they’re panel style with linear led strips, LED linear high bays offer great light distribution. They are much larger than UFO lights and are usually recommended for indoor use.

4. Determine the Brightness Your Warehouse Needs

As we said earlier, every warehouse setting is different. And, although you may not be aware of it, your warehouse’s ceiling and walls can have an impact on the illumination. Walls and ceilings with light colors like white and cream reflect light, decreasing the number of lumens a space needs. Darker colors, on the other hand, absorb light and require more lumens.

When creating a lighting plan, determine how bright you want your space to be. Lights can be swapped out easily in a lighting plan. To check how bright your space is now, a simple check with a light meter will give you a good idea on how well lit your space is.

5. Occupancy Sensors and Dimming

Although many different settings benefit from motion sensors and dimming controls, there are few that are affected more than warehouses. Warehouses are extremely large spaces, with areas that are not often occupied or in use.

Occupancy sensors and dimming controls do away with the need to switch lights on and off every time you come and go, saving you time and money. In fact, by using your warehouse lights only when necessary, you could cut energy costs by up to 30%. 

If you want your motion sensor to dim the fixture, you need a 1-10V dimmable LED driver. If you are ok with just On-Off, the driver does not need to be dimmable.

1-10V drivers – 1V doesn’t always mean off. It can sometimes mean 10% on. Contact a LED Lighting Supply expert about your specific needs, and we will help you find the best option

6. How much will you save when you convert to LED?

Here is the costs savings you can expect if you convert your 400 Watt Metal Halide light source over to LED. In the table below, we show the savings per fixture for every fixture converted over per year. It assumes a run rate of 12 hours per day. We chose a 150 Watt LED Fixture, but what you need may be less than this.

Here is the costs savings you can expect if you convert your 1000 Watt Metal Halide over to LED.

In the table below, we show the savings per fixture for every fixture converted over per year. It assumes a run rate of 12 hours per day. We chose a 300 Watt LED Fixture for this example.

150 Watts LED replacing 400 Watts Metal Halide

12 hrs/day 365 days/yr saving 1358 kw/year *

Calculated savings is per fixture

If your cost per kw/h is Your savings per year
.06 $81
.08 $109
.10 $136
.12 $163
.14 $190
.16 $217
.18 $244
.20 $272

* includes ballast draw 

300 Watts LED replacing 1000 Watts Metal Halide

12 hrs/day 365 days/yr saving 3635 kw/year *

Calculated savings is per fixture

If your cost per kw/h is Your savings per year
.06 $218
.08 $291
.10 $364
.12 $436
.14 $509
.16 $582
.18 $654
.20 $727

* includes ballast draw

7. Do you need high voltage fixtures?

LED lights have these common voltage ranges:

100-277 Volts (most popular)
277-480 Volts
347-480 Volts (for Canada)

Our warehouse lights don’t need manual voltage adjustment as they do it themselves as per the incoming voltage. 

8. Pick the right color temperature

Color temperature dictates how people see objects and also affects worker productivity. It is usually measured in Kelvins and describes the color characteristics of a light source (warm, cool, bright, natural, daylight, etc.).

The two most common color temperatures are:

4000K – or Warm White - the best choice for commercial spaces
5000K – or Day White - a great choice for industrial spaces

These are by far the most common options used in today’s warehouse conversions to LED. For those who like the bright white of Metal Halide, then 5000K would be your option. If you’re looking for a slightly warmer light, then 4000K should be a consideration.

Color Temperature Bulbs  

9. Pay attention to light distribution

Little known fact: light distribution is just as important as light levels. There are many different options to consider for warehouse lighting, and choosing the right optic can mean the difference between bad, good and great lighting. In fact, in some cases, choosing no optic is the best choice.

So how can you determine your ideal light distribution before you purchase new lights? That’s easy, get a photometric light plan

It will help you predict shadows and bright spots, and aid in your goal of achieving even light distribution. It will even let you know if you need to add optics to narrow down the beam angles in the case of high ceiling heights or warehouse rack rows. And, it will help you plan out where and how to install task lighting.

LED Lighting in a Warehouse

10. What is CRI and what do I care about it in my warehouse?

First and foremost, CRI refers to the Color Rendering Index which grades a light based on its quality. Light quality is extremely important because it directly affects how well people see and how they discern color. So what is the ideal CRI for warehouse lighting?

Well, it all depends on what type of warehouse you have. 90%+ of all warehouses will be fine with 70 CRI LED Lights. However, in a setting where color differentiation is an important part of everyday tasks, we recommend a higher CRI, somewhere that's 80 CRI or higher.

Switching to LEDs is likely an upgrade in CRI, regardless of their score, because the light they produce is higher quality than the light from HPS, Metal Halide, and fluorescent sources. Just converting to LEDs can greatly improve the light quality in any warehouse.  

LED Lighting in a Warehouse

From Lighting Plan to Completed Warehouse Conversion: Another LED Lighting Supply happy customer.

This is just another example how our process of Free Lighting Plan turns our customers conversion to LED into a win-win success!

Warehouse Conversion from Metal Halide to LED
Warehouse Conversion from Metal Halide to LED
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