Category : LED Lighting
Industrial units can be expensive to run – while rents outside of the city center can be quite affordable compared to prime retail space, the bills for heating and lighting large open space can be expensive. High bay lighting and LED lighting can be an affordable solution to the issue of illuminating such a huge open space – with minimal maintenance requirements and low running costs.
High bay lighting offers strong, bright lights that can cover a large open space, and LED lighting is affordable to run because LEDs are very energy efficient compared to older incandescent bulbs, and even halogen bulbs. They produce a lot of light without wasting energy in the form of heat, and they last for thousands upon thousands of hours before the LEDs need replacing, unlike filament based bulbs that are susceptible to blowing out.
One issue that many industrial unit owners face is that of temperature variability. These spaces are large and hard to heat, and often have big bay doors, which means that in the winter when the doors are opened to allow for loading and unloading of vehicles, the unit can become very cold. Large convection heaters could keep the unit at an acceptable temperature for working in, but the rapid heating and cooling can increase the risk of certain kinds of bulbs shattering. In addition, if the unit has cranes or loading vehicles operating in it, then there may be some risk of the vehicles hitting lower hanging lights, and potentially damaging them.
High mounted, high luminescence lights can be a useful solution to the issue of providing good visibility for warehouse staff, mechanics, and others working in the area.
In addition, it is possible to get LED lights that have any one of a number of different colours. This means that you can get lights that are close to ‘natural light’, ones which are pure white, and ones which have warmth or blue tinge to them as appropriate for the environment that you want to offer your employees.
The number of lights that you will need depends on the size of the unit and the kind of work being done. Some smaller units (1,000 – 2,000 sq ft) can be lit with lights running along the outer walls. Bigger units may need lights hanging from the ceiling as well to ensure even coverage of the property.
Before you invest in any new lighting solution, work out how many lights you will need, and consider the running costs (you can calculate these by looking at the wattage and then working out how many hours per day you will be running the lights). You may want to have one set of lights for the main warehouse, and then separate lights for office/admin areas, the break room, etc, so that the people in those areas have more targeted control over the lighting, and can make the room as bright or dull as they wish at the time.