As you may know, there are a lot of uses for post-frame construction. Individuals use their pole barn in different ways.
For example, some individuals use their pole barn mainly for cold storage, which are made solely during the daytime; hence there is no need for barn light in this case.
Moreover, suppose you use your pole barn for another purpose (such as a barn for your horses, and so on) that makes you present in the barn after dark. In that case, you need to add some pole barn lighting to the barn because being in the dark and having to work with a flashlight in hand can become very frustrating, which, in turn, makes the work more difficult and stressful.
Generally, indoor areas such as a barn can be tedious to light up nicely. For the barn to light up properly, an overhead light must be fixed, which will give light to such a large area as the barn. For you to have great lighting in your barn, first of all, you have to consider your needs before setting up the barn.
Having a good lighting design intensifies the performance and energy efficiency of a post-frame building. Hence, it is best to hire an expert electrician who helps show the best lighting design; having a great lighting design has other benefits, including lowing maintenance and replacement cost to the nearest minimum and improving visual comfort.
Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Considering The Type Of Lighting.
- The first question you should ask yourself is, how much light do you want? That is, do you want the lighting system to brighten up the whole barn, or do you need the light in only some part of the barn? If you can answer this question appropriately and honestly, then you are on your way to choosing a great lighting design for your barn.
- What will you be doing in the barn? For instance, if you are using your barn for cold storage, you will not be at the barn after dark hours on most days, but in a situation where you want to use your barn to house your horses, you need light for a better version at night.
- What is your budget? You have to consider how much you can afford to spend on lighting your barn; this will help you choose the appropriate lighting, that is, go for less expensive lighting that gets the job done. Also, consider the operation cost of each lighting by looking at the watts consumed, the heat output, cost of replacing the lamps, warranty coverage, and so on.
Types Of Pole Barn Lighting.
- Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting: LEDs have been around for decades and have been using in remote control, digital clocks, and computer boards, although it is relatively new to lighting fixtures. The Light-emitting diode functions similarly in all of the targets mentioned above; the electricity passes through a semiconductor material. Some of the atoms release photons, which is seen as visible light. The colour of the light seen is dependent on the semiconductor material that is being used. The ability of a particular semiconductor to produce white light is the technology used for light bulbs and light fixtures.
Some Features Of Led Fixtures Are:
- LED fixtures to use less electricity than other lights, hence saving a lot of energy. For example, LED lighting consumes 90% less energy than an incandescent screw-in bulb.
- LED lighting has a long life span. LED bulbs can last for as long as 50,000 hours which will, in turn, save you the cost of constantly changing bulbs.
- The LED bulb is constructed simply mechanically, and because they have a long life span, they require very little to no maintenance. It has an average lifespan of 50,000 hours. The worry of climbing a ladder to change bulbs is not needed, unlike in the case of metal halide and fluorescent lighting.
- The LED bulbs require you to get professionally equipped personnel for installations; unlike other lighting bulbs such as fluorescent, the LED lighting bulb is a self-contained unit that can not be dismantled for minor repairs, hence avoiding damaging the LED bulb simply call a licensed electrician to install it for you.
- Some LED purchases may be entitled to rebates or tax credits. When you get your LED lighting installed, check with the local electrical utility to know if you are qualified for a rebate. The majority of the electricity companies offer rebates for individuals who have LED lighting installed because it saves a lot on every, reducing the stress on the electrical grid. When you get the rebate looking at things in the long run, you will find out that this has helped pay for the high cost of purchasing the LED light and the cost of installation.
- Tungsten Halogen: Tungsten halogen emits a lot of heat. They are best used outdoors and not in a barn. It has a life span of 2,000 to 4,000 hours, and it is relatively cheap.
- HID Metal Halide: it has a delayed startup. The lighting tends to change as the bulb gets old. It has a life span of 5,000 to 20,000 hours. It is quite pricey.
- Straight Tube: if your ceiling height is below 15 inches, then straight lighting is one of the options you should look into when choosing your lighting system. It produces very light heat it has a life span of 7,000 to 24,000 hours.
- HID High-Pressure Sodium: the HID high-pressure sodium produces an orange-tinted light. It has delayed startup. It has a life span of 16,000 to 24,000. The colour temperature is poor, and it is expensive to purchase.
In general, the main difference between other lighting bulbs and LEDs is that other lighting bulbs are affordable, but because they consume more energy, they are expensive to run while LEDs are expensive to purchase, but it cost next to nothing to have them running hence saving a lot over a long period of usage.