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LED Pole Barn Lights

Pole Barns are large outdoor structures that are used as storage places, or as active workshops for many farms or commercial businesses. Lighting them properly is important and finding the right amount of light is just as important. Working in a dark pole barn is neither comfortable or safe. By adding a few good LED Pole Barn Lights to your building, you can turn your pole barn into a brightly lit work environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We asked our customers to find out their questions when it comes to LED pole barn lights. If you cannot find the answer to a question you have, please call us on (888) 423-3191. A lighting expert will be able to assist you.

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What Lights Do You Put in a Pole Barn?

Depending on the height of the pole barn, start with low bay UFOs if the height is 20 ft or less, and UFO high bays if the height is above 20 feet. There are other options as well, like linear bay fixtures and shop lights.

How Do I Properly Light Up a New Pole Barn?

Start with a lighting plan. We have done 100’s of lighting plans for our pole barn customers. Let us know the size of the space, mounting height, and how bright you want it and we will send you a lighting plan that specifically outlines your needs.


How Many LED Pole Barn Lights Do I Need for a 40 X 60 Building?

That really depends on what level of lighting you want. The more foot candles (brightness) you want, the more lights you will need. But more lighting has one more added benefit, it solves light balance and shadows as well.

How Many LED Pole Barn Lights to Install in a 30 X 30 X 10 Building?

(4) 100 Watt UFO lights should be all you need. They produce an average of 70 foot candles.

What Type of Ceiling Do You Need For LED Pole Barn Lights?

The type of ceiling does not matter, we can accommodate flat and pitched ceilings in our lighting plans. The ceiling will not reflect light as all the light is pointing down.

I Have Horses in My Barn. How Much Light Is Good for Them?

Too much light is not good for horses, so designing the horse space separately from the workspace is important. Horses like balanced lighting in horse arenas, so designing a comfortable area for them with the right amount of light would be beneficial.

What Is the Best Color Temperature to Use in a Pole Barn?

We believe that either 4000K or 5000K is a good option for pole barns, especially if the area is used to work in. If there are animals, we would recommend 4000K over 5000K

My Pole Barn is Unheated. Is that an issue for LED Pole Barn Lights?

Not at all. LED Lights like the cold. And unlike fluorescent lighting that takes a long time to warm up in cold temperatures, LED Lights will be full power the moment you turn them on

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Are LED Pole Barn Lights Dimmable?

They can be. Many of our LED UFO high and low bays come with a dimmable LED driver.

Do LED Pole Barn Lights Have a Motion Sensor?

You can add a motion sensor to many of our light fixtures. Let us know if you are thinking about adding motion sensors, and we can make sure you have the right lights selected.

My Roof Leaks. Are the Lights Waterproof?

All our UFO lights are waterproof, with a rating of IP65 or greater. We offer 2 linear panel style fixtures that are waterproof (here and here), but most aren’t. And if you are looking for canopy style lights, all of those are also waterproof.

What Is the Difference Between Linear, UFO and Canopy Fixtures? What Is Best for a Pole Barn?

A UFO style light is a high bay/low bay fixture that is round in shape. If you are familiar with metal halide indoor lighting, this is a great option for you. They are very robust in nature with high impact rating and also waterproof.

A linear fixture is a replacement for fluorescent fixtures, if you like that style. They are not as robust as UFOs, and most are not waterproof. By nature and design, they offer better distribution than UFOs, especially in lower ceiling spaces.

Canopy lights are designed to be ceiling mounted and work in very low ceiling heights. They are good for ceilings that are between 8 and 12 feet tall.

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Are there any issues installing LED Lights in a Pole Barn?

None at all. These lights are easy to install. Just follow the instructions provided with each light.

What ‘gotchas’ should I look for during installation?

If you’re hanging lights above trusses, the truss can block light from being evenly distributed. Try to plan for the mounting height to be at the bottom of the trusses to provide the best distribution.