The Benefits of LED Replacements in High Bay HID Applications

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With sufficient lighting performance and intense illumination, the use of high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps has been a primary technology choice for years. But regardless of its popularity, should you be aware of any drawbacks to HID applications?

The Drawbacks of HID Lamps

Over their lifespan, HID lamps can become worn out and develop several issues with age. Here’s what to watch out for when using HIDs in your facility:

  • Lumen deterioration from the accumulation of high lumen output
  • Lamps may turn on/off repeatedly due to cycling (when increased voltage requirements to maintain arc discharge exceed what the ballast can provide)
  • Fading of beams and color shifts
  • Degrading of built-in filters used to prevent exposure from UV rays
  • Dependence on toxic materials (mercury or radioactive materials) to operate, generating disposal challenges
These drawbacks of HID lamps are often overlooked due to their effortless capability to illuminate large spaces. But what if there was an alternative option with similar lumen output, a longer lifespan, and greater efficiency and reliability? Luckily, there is!

The Answer: LEDs

The future of lighting lies with LED technology. When it comes to LEDs vs. HID lamps, LED replacements are a more suitable choice based on cost, lifespan, and reliability.


The upfront expense of LEDs is known to be higher than HID lamps, but over the lifespan, LEDs will save you substantially on operating costs. Costs can add up across a large facility, but with LED replacements, you can provide quality illumination at an overall low ownership cost.

For example, an LED lamp with similar lumen output as an HID lamp requires only 165W and 35W ballast for energy. This usage alone can save over 50 percent on energy expenditure!


LED lamps for high bay applications are known to last 2.5 times longer than the HID lamps. While changing an HID lamp five times, you’ll only have to chance an LED lamp twice. The longevity of LEDs mean there are lower maintenance costs, reduced downtime, and greater reliability.


LED replacements are compatible and easy to install, requiring no additional wiring or conversions. They screw right into original fixtures and are compatible with most existing ballasts. LED lamps come with a tether, feature a universal burn position without any complex disposal requirements, and comply with all Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) requirements.


LEDs provide maximized energy efficiency and compelling aesthetics with a color rendering index (CRI) of 73 and color temperatures of 4000K and 5000K. Presenting an instant-on full brightness, LEDs don’t require a warm-up time for prompt, high-quality illumination.

Are You Ready to Make the Switch to LED?

Now is the time to convert your high bay installed HIDs to LEDs. From energy efficiency to a longer lifespan, LED lamps are a simple way to achieve long-term savings and dependability.
If you’re ready to get started, make sure to choose a well-established lighting company with a track record of reliability and experience. GE Current, a Daintree Company, offers LED replacements with one of the highest LPW outputs on the market, a lamp tether kit, and a five-year limited warranty. Are you ready to make the switch to LED? 

Make the Smart Switch from HID to LED