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Low Bays Lighting Calculator

The first question when working on a project is often: How Many Low Bays Do I Need? A low bay lighting layout is the ideal first step to ensure your facility’s LED lighting gives the desired foot candle level and bright light. A Low Bay Lighting Plan will ensure the space with new LED Low Bays is bright with balanced lighting, keeping the space safe and inviting for employees, customers, and occupants.

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Understanding the area, what it’s used for, and any obstructions are all part of designing how to light up the area. From there, knowing the desired light levels plays a big role in creating the lighting design. Using the right fixture, ensuring correct light levels, and balancing light levels are of great importance.

A lighting calculator for low bays is a simple, basic tool that gives you an estimate of how many fixtures you might need.

A lighting plan will provide you with the right details. It will give you the correct fixture count, light layout, and foot candle readings across the floor space and show balanced light across the space. Still, a lighting calculator should never be used in place of a lighting plan.

The recommended layout can only be determined by creating a lighting plan that’s specific to your space and needs. Unfortunately, there is no simple ‘one size fits all’ answer here.

It depends on the space and usage. Areas used for design and fine detailed work need higher lumens per square foot than storage spaces.

For storage spaces, a good guideline is between 15 and 30 lumens per square foot.

A range of 25 to 50 lumens per square foot is ideal for general work areas.

For fine detailed work, a range of 50 to 100 lumens per square foot is ideal.

This can vary so much based on the needs and intended use of the area. A production workshop would need a lot more foot candles (50-100) than an area used to store materials and products. An area of general work can get by with 25 to 50 foot candles.

Light levels are designed based on intent and usage, the more the area has activity where people are working, the higher the foot candles should be.

Here’s a good rule of thumb. Using more, less-powerful lights installed closer together is better than fewer powerful fixtures. in other words, it may be better to use (10) 100 Watt Low Bays instead of (5) 200 Watt High Bays.

This is particularly true in areas with shorter ceilings. The former will provide more balanced lighting and fewer shadows.