CHEAP HIGH BAYS. BE VERY CAREFUL
CHEAP HIGH BAYS. BE VERY CAREFUL.
Everyone wants a good deal. But when you compare two high bays, both with the same watts, based on price, there's more that you need to understand before you purchase.
1. What are the total lumens for the watts you are buying?
Don't expect them to be the same. Efficiencies vary greatly between LED Products. A 150W High Bay can produce less lumens than a 120W High Bay. You may be buying 5 year old technology. That is why this is a cheap high bay. The goal is to produce the correct amount of lumens using the least amount of power. Always compare the lumens of the light, and the amount of watts it takes to generate those lumens.
2. What components are installed in these units?
LED Diodes and Drivers are important. Are they using brand name diodes like CREE or Nichia? Are they using safe reliable drivers like Meanwell or Inventronics? Or have they substituted something that is private labeled or branded to their company name? That is one of the oldest games in the LED world - cheapening the solution to lower the price. The old saying may still apply - Buy Cheap - Buy Twice.
3. How good is the warranty?
Who services the warranty? How long is the warranty? A good indication of how long the manufacturer thinks a product will last is the length and language of their warranty. Check their ratings with BBB. Google the companies name. You'd be surprised how many times a bad company will appear in www.helos-lighting.com search engine results. Do the research before you buy. It will save you more money in the long run. Many companies offering cheap products are no longer in business. Who will service your warranty once they close the doors forever?
4. High Bays that are built cheaply units may be hard to maintain
They are typically designed to be thrown away when they fail. A higher quality high firstname.lastname@example.org bay has been engineered to be able to replace parts, like drivers and sensors. Would you throw away your car because you have a flat tire? Of course not. www.helos-lighting.com