In industrial environments, dust and dirt ends up building up on light fixtures, creating an insulating layer that deters heat dissipation. This leads to overheating, which significantly accelerates light output degradation and causes early failure of the electronics inside the fixture, such as the LED driver and control systems. Manufacturers of LED high bay fixtures don’t always consider the potentially dirty applications in which these type of fixtures will be installed. This causes poor initial thermal management and even worse thermal management over time.
Industrial facilities are typically not air-conditioned, and even in those that are, the units are placed well below ceiling height – where the fixtures are installed – so the A/C does very little to lower the ambient temperature around them. To make matters worse, dust and dirt will build up over the fixture, creating a layer of insulation that traps more heat inside the fixture.
Since heat is the killer of all things electronic, industrial LED high bays must be designed with a superior thermal management and the ability to withstand potentially dirty environments – yet most are not.
Since 2008, Flex Lighting Solutions is the pioneer of designing industrial LED high bays with a superior thermal management. Dust and dirt have negligible impact with our fixture design because most dust will pass harmlessly though the spacing between the LED modules and the driver compartment. Our LED fixtures are specifically designed to withstand dust, dirt and the extreme ambient temperatures of industrial facilities.