LED Lighting for industrial applications
LED lighting is extremely effective in industrial settings
LED lighting in the workplace has dramatically expanded over the last few decades. And
with all its benefits, that’s no surprise to us.
With their lower maintenance, long lifespans, reduced electricity consumption, and lower
carbon emissions, it’s got a heck of a lot going for it, before you even consider the aesthetics
of it or the relatively affordable cost of installing it.
The Department of Energy predicts that by 2030, LED lighting could potentially save 190,
TW of energy a year. Which is a cost-saving of a staggering $15 billion!
In this article, we’re going to look at: how LED lights are used in industrial buildings, what
types of LED lighting is good for use inside industrial buildings, and how LED lights compare
to other types of lighting in an industrial setting. Then we’ll wrap up with a final conclusion.
How LED Lights Are Used In Industrial Buildings
LED lighting is widely used and widely recommended for use across the gamut of industrial
In a factory setting for example, where heavy machinery is being used, the handling of this
machinery requires good lighting, otherwise, the low light or lack of light becomes a serious
health and safety issue.
And if like many factories, the machinery runs right around the clock, you will need your
lights to be sufficiently long-lasting, without costing too much to run.
And you can’t afford to shut down the factory for light maintenance, which is where LED
lighting really comes into its own
The next industrial setting that springs to mind is warehouse lighting. In a warehouse, you
have to be particularly careful about not creating too much shadow caused by tall shelves
full of goods. Getting the right amount of light in the right places is key to dealing with this,
and LED lighting makes a great choice.
Besides the savings in energy consumption, and running costs, having LED lighting in place
in the warehouse eliminates light warm-up times, and the lights will come straight on in the
flick of a switch.
And LED lighting can be dimmed, which is great news for those working the warehouse
night shift who want to protect their eyes. And LED lighting can handle frequent switching on
and off. And this won’t limit the lifespan of the lights like it would with traditional warehouse
Alternatively, you may want to consider LED lighting for a loading bay. When you are loading
a vehicle for the delivery of products, your workers will need to be able to accurately read
the labels and ensure that they have the right products, and the right number of products, to
load up the vehicle.
This will also require good lighting, which is best achieved with LED lights.
Types Of LED Lighting That We Recommend For Use Inside Industrial Buildings
For a good overview of how industrial lighting can help you in your workplace, why not take
a look at some of our case studies.
Here you can see several examples of how LED lighting has truly helped our clients, and
you can hear their testimonials right from the horse’s mouth.
Here you’ll see videos of how our LED lighting systems have made a real difference in
workplaces that are accessed day and night, such as bus stations, where some level of
lighting needs to kept on at all times while being kind to worker’s eyes.
As for types of LED lighting, the good news is that LED lighting is not just limited to
spotlights or small bulbs that might look nice in some settings, but don’t do the job in more
LED light tubes are one option to consider. And a popular one too. They can be used in a
wide array of settings from gyms, factories, car parks, warehouses, and showrooms. They’re
available in different lengths and widths and at different wattages.
Or you might decide that a larger LED panel would be better suited for your workplace. Or
perhaps a circular framed light fixture for areas where a nice aesthetic is more important.
LED Lights Vs Other Lighting In An Industrial Setting
Of course, the main and most notable benefit of LED lighting over its counterparts is the
reduced energy consumption, which in turn leads to reduced energy bills and significant cost
savings for businesses.
But that’s not the only benefit. Let’s look into how LED lighting measures up to some of its
more traditional counterparts.
LED lighting vs Incandescent lights
An LED light bulb only requires 10 watts of power to throw out 700 lumens of light, whereas
an incandescent bulb would require 60 watts for the same amount of light. This leads to
dramatic cost savings.
Moreover, incandescent bulbs waste 90% of their energy as heat, while LED bulbs emit no
heat at all. AND LED lighting can be strategically placed around the building to provide good
lighting, directed where it’s needed most, whereas incandescent bulbs emit light all around,
casting problematic shadows.
LED lighting vs Fluorescent lights
Besides the cost savings of LED lighting compared to fluorescent lighting, one of the more
obvious differences between the two is their colour rendering.
When you think of fluorescent lighting, you may recollect the yellow fluorescent tubes we’d
see everywhere in the 80s and 70s. While it’s true that fluorescent lighting has improved
since then, it does not, I’m afraid measure up to the colour rendering of LED lighting.
Fluorescent lighting is not flattering, because the colour wavelengths spike at blue, green, and
red, and it simply fails to mimic the colour rendering of natural sunlight like LED lighting
LED lighting is the obvious choice for most industry settings. Its benefits outstrip that of its
counterparts in every factor. We mentioned it earlier but it bears repeating, LED lighting
means lower carbon emissions, lower maintenance, longer lifespans, and reduced electricity
consumption and bills.
Don’t feel you have to assess for yourself what kind of lighting setup you need for your
workplace. You can give us a ring and we’ll carry out a consultation for you on-site.