high bay led retrofit

Two ways to retrofit high bay to LEDs

New lamps or new fixtures by high bay led retrofit?

When HID, MH, HPS or Fluorescent kits lighting performance dips, the commercial, manufacturing and industrial facilities owners and operators, they can not help but think, I should use led lamps to maintain them? Or did it take the opportunity to retrofit them into led high bay fixtures? As one of the lead project solution experts, XSY Lighting can't give a definitive answer, which actually depends on factors that are particularly relevant to your facility and budget. Here are a few of the things we can use to guide you to the correct answer based on different traditional fixtures.

1. For retrofitting LED linear high bay

Fluorescent lamps F54T5HO or F32T8 lamps are conventional linear high bay led lights with different refurbishment methods.

1.1 How to replace the F32T8 fluorescent lamp?

  • Use ballast compatible plug-and-play led T8 tubes if your ballast is relatively new (up to 3-4 years). The advantage of using this method is that you can screw in only the lamp without replacing the entire luminaire. The premise is that it must be compatible with the ballast, otherwise, the best LED tube will be destroyed. Someone may ask, why not replace it with T12 tube? In fact, it has fallen behind the market, and T8 consumes 40% less energy than T12. Why not choose T8?
  • Select the t8 led bulbs no ballast. This allows the ballast to be removed or bypassed from the fixture and the outlet directly connected to the line voltage. For T8 with double-ended wiring, a shunted socket can be used. Or if your existing outlet is in good condition, there is no need to replace the outlet, which makes the installation easier.
  • Use led linear high bay light. When your traditional luminaires have been in use for more than 10 years, you start to find that some ballasts will fail. In this case, it is not suitable to use the led retrofit lamps to renovate your warehouse or high-bay lighting. Instead, you should choose 2' 4' led linear high-bay lights.

1.2 How to replace the F54T5HO fluorescent lamp?

  • There are few DLC certified led t5 tube on the market, so you can remove your F54T5HO traditional lamps then choose energy efficient and environmentally friendly led linear highbay fixtures. They provide better lighting quality, require less maintenance and last longer.
linear high bay
LED linear high bay fixture

2. For retrofitting UFO LED high bay light

The high-intensity discharge, metal halide, high-pressure sodium bulbs, they are mounted on conventional round high bay fixtures, so I classify them as a class of retrofits guides.

2.1 How to replace them?

  • Use plug-and-play led bulbs, just like the led T8 tube mentioned above. The most important point is that the led bulb you have to choose is compatible with the ballasts on the old fixtures. When choosing this replacement, check that the brand and model of the current fixture are acceptable.
  • Choose the ultra-cost-effective ufo led high bay, although the initial investment is relatively high, please take a look at the results calculated by this led high bay lighting calculator, how much it can save you.

Take a 400W metal halide lighting warehouse as an example and convert it into a 150W led high-bay light fixtures.

Basic Information
1st-year cost of electricity ($/kWh) 0.11
Hours used per day 12
Days per week 5
Weeks per year 50
Annual Operating Hours 3,000
Fixture Information
Existing XSY Lights
Number of lamps 100 80
Power per light (W) 80 130
Energy Saving Calculation
Save watts 4,000
Save kilowatts 4
Save kWh 12,000
Save energy costs every year $1,320

According to the table above, it can be clearly seen that when metal halide to led conversion, it saves you $1,320 in energy costs per year. In fact, in addition to the energy costs saved in the calculator, a maintenance cost is saved, which cannot be ignored.

3. What are their advantages and disadvantages?

3.1 Retrofit to led bulbs/tubes

Benefit:
Low purchase cost - the price of led lights is between $3 and $20, half the price of new lights
Low installation costs - no need to remove the ballasts or fixture, just tighten the bulb/lamp.
Harm:
Low life - I believe that ballasts in most applications will age, in which case even with high-quality bulb, the life of the entire lighting device will be shortened.
Power Loss - The presence of a ballast means that its power needs to be added to the lamp, ie a 400w metal halide lamp plus 58 watt of power, for a total of 458 watts.
Heat output - In general, the heat dissipation of conventional lamps is poor, which will undoubtedly become another point of failure for the system.

3.2 Retrofit to led highbay fixtures

Benefit:
Fast ROI - With rebates, tax breaks, and energy savings, you'll find paybacks faster than expected.
No ballasts - according to the needs of more and more customers (abandon ballasts), led bay lights are directly wired. Excessive power loss, excessive maintenance cost, and excessive space temperature are avoided for the owner.
Adding additional options - getting a new led bay light adds some additional benefits, including with multiple mounting options (O hook/U bracket/Pendant mounted), an optional motion sensor for more energy, or a wide range of voltages AC100-347V/AC277-480V (for commercial, residential, industrial lighting). By now 2019, many led high-bay luminaires are also equipped with 0-10V dimming and IP65/IP66 protection.
Harm:
The upfront cost is high - Exactly, compared to the other alternative above, led hi bay fixture is more expensive. But please consider the long-term, its energy-saving and less maintenance will definitely create extra returns for you.
High installation requirements - in order to ensure personal safety, please hire a professional electrician to design and install wiring for you.

ufo high bay light
UFO/Round high bay fixture

Conclusion

The above is what we think of everything. Through a few years of market research, most people are in favor of abandoning the ballast and wiring directly by high bay led retrofit. So when you browse our website, you will notice that there are almost no led bulbs/tubes, which are complete fixtures. Another point is to tell you that the product, UL/ETL high bay fixture (XSY has) can earn a subsidy for you or the owner. In any case, don't delay the time to switch to the LED system. The sooner you convert, the more money you will save. Qualified LED manufacturer can help you find ways to improve lighting at an affordable price, contact us at sales@xsylights.com.

New lamps or new fixtures by high bay led retrofit?

When HID, MH, HPS or Fluorescent kits lighting performance dips, the commercial, manufacturing and industrial facilities owners and operators, they can not help but think, I should use led lamps to maintain them? Or did it take the opportunity to retrofit them into led high bay fixtures? As one of the lead project solution experts, XSY Lighting can't give a definitive answer, which actually depends on factors that are particularly relevant to your facility and budget. Here are a few of the things we can use to guide you to the correct answer based on different traditional fixtures.

1. For retrofitting LED linear high bay

Fluorescent lamps F54T5HO or F32T8 lamps are conventional linear high bay led lights with different refurbishment methods.

1.1 How to replace the F32T8 fluorescent lamp?

  • Use ballast compatible plug-and-play led T8 tubes if your ballast is relatively new (up to 3-4 years). The advantage of using this method is that you can screw in only the lamp without replacing the entire luminaire. The premise is that it must be compatible with the ballast, otherwise, the best LED tube will be destroyed. Someone may ask, why not replace it with T12 tube? In fact, it has fallen behind the market, and T8 consumes 40% less energy than T12. Why not choose T8?
  • Select the t8 led bulbs no ballast. This allows the ballast to be removed or bypassed from the fixture and the outlet directly connected to the line voltage. For T8 with double-ended wiring, a shunted socket can be used. Or if your existing outlet is in good condition, there is no need to replace the outlet, which makes the installation easier.
  • Use led linear high bay light. When your traditional luminaires have been in use for more than 10 years, you start to find that some ballasts will fail. In this case, it is not suitable to use the led retrofit lamps to renovate your warehouse or high-bay lighting. Instead, you should choose 2' 4' led linear high-bay lights.

1.2 How to replace the F54T5HO fluorescent lamp?

  • There are few DLC certified led t5 tube on the market, so you can remove your F54T5HO traditional lamps then choose energy efficient and environmentally friendly led linear highbay fixtures. They provide better lighting quality, require less maintenance and last longer.
linear high bay
LED linear high bay fixture

2. For retrofitting UFO LED high bay light

The high-intensity discharge, metal halide, high-pressure sodium bulbs, they are mounted on conventional round high bay fixtures, so I classify them as a class of retrofits guides.

2.1 How to replace them?

  • Use plug-and-play led bulbs, just like the led T8 tube mentioned above. The most important point is that the led bulb you have to choose is compatible with the ballasts on the old fixtures. When choosing this replacement, check that the brand and model of the current fixture are acceptable.
  • Choose the ultra-cost-effective ufo led high bay, although the initial investment is relatively high, please take a look at the results calculated by this led high bay lighting calculator, how much it can save you.

Take a 400W metal halide lighting warehouse as an example and convert it into a 150W led high-bay light fixtures.

retrofit high bay to leds

So what are their advantages and disadvantages?According to the table above, it can be clearly seen that when metal halide to led conversion, it saves you $1,320 in energy costs per year. In fact, in addition to the energy costs saved in the calculator, a maintenance cost is saved, which cannot be ignored.

3. What are their advantages and disadvantages?

3.1 Retrofit to led bulbs/tubes

Benefit:
Low purchase cost - the price of led lights is between $3 and $20, half the price of new lights
Low installation costs - no need to remove the ballasts or fixture, just tighten the bulb/lamp.
Harm:
Low life - I believe that ballasts in most applications will age, in which case even with high-quality bulb, the life of the entire lighting device will be shortened.
Power Loss - The presence of a ballast means that its power needs to be added to the lamp, ie a 400w metal halide lamp plus 58 watt of power, for a total of 458 watts.
Heat output - In general, the heat dissipation of conventional lamps is poor, which will undoubtedly become another point of failure for the system.

3.2 Retrofit to led highbay fixtures

Benefit:
Fast ROI - With rebates, tax breaks, and energy savings, you'll find paybacks faster than expected.
No ballasts - according to the needs of more and more customers (abandon ballasts), led bay lights are directly wired. Excessive power loss, excessive maintenance cost, and excessive space temperature are avoided for the owner.
Adding additional options - getting a new led bay light adds some additional benefits, including with multiple mounting options (O hook/U bracket/Pendant mounted), an optional motion sensor for more energy, or a wide range of voltages AC100-347V/AC277-480V (for commercial, residential, industrial lighting). By now 2019, many led high-bay luminaires are also equipped with 0-10V dimming and IP65/IP66 protection.
Harm:
The upfront cost is high - Exactly, compared to the other alternative above, led hi bay fixture is more expensive. But please consider the long-term, its energy-saving and less maintenance will definitely create extra returns for you.
High installation requirements - in order to ensure personal safety, please hire a professional electrician to design and install wiring for you.

ufo high bay light
UFO/Round high bay fixture

Conclusion

The above is what we think of everything. Through a few years of market research, most people are in favor of abandoning the ballast and wiring directly by high bay led retrofit. So when you browse our website, you will notice that there are almost no led bulbs/tubes, which are complete fixtures. Another point is to tell you that the product, UL/ETL high bay fixture (XSY has) can earn a subsidy for you or the owner. In any case, don't delay the time to switch to the LED system. The sooner you convert, the more money you will save. Qualified LED manufacturer can help you find ways to improve lighting at an affordable price, contact us at sales@xsylights.com.

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