Industrial LED lighting
Is it time your business made the switch to industrial LED lighting?
LED lighting offers significant benefits to a business when it comes to energy saving, energy efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint.
Today, industrial buildings are at the forefront of mass commercial production.
Factories, warehouses, and data centres collectively form the workplaces of millions of employees within the UK.
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) lists lighting as one of the key ‘human factors’ employers should consider to ensure their employees’ health and safety at work. The HSE also specifies that the type of lighting provided should be tailored to workers’ everyday tasks.
If an employee suffers an injury at work due to improper lighting, they are within their legal right to sue their employer for damages. Therefore, if you’re responsible for employees’ wellbeing in an industrial building, lighting is one of the first things you’ll want to sort out.
However, before you rush off and call your local industrial lighting supplier, we recommend sitting down and looking into the different types of industrial lighting currently available.
Sectors currently benefiting from industrial LED lighting include:
- Cold storage buildings
- Data centres
- ..and more
If your business is an industrial building using energy for lighting, then LEDs can provide you with an effective, energy-saving and economical alternative. Installation can be paid for with the savings you will make on your energy bills so at Eco Lighting Specialists, we can offer plans where you pay no upfront fee.
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Types of Industrial Lighting
Industrial lighting systems can be broken down into wall lights and ceiling lights. Before we further detail the various fittings and light bulbs used within these umbrella lighting types, let’s take a moment to consider the advantages and drawbacks of ceiling and wall lights generally.
Probably the most commonly used lights in industrial settings are ceiling lights. Ceiling lights are ideal for providing direct lighting at a 90-degree angle to floors and work surfaces.
Many industrial buildings also feature wall lights. Wall lighting is usually implemented when a room requires more ambient lighting with less glare. This type of lighting also works well in conjunction with ceiling lights for all-around illumination.
Industrial Light Fittings
A light fitting is a fixture that attaches a light to the wall or ceiling of a building.
Although the terms ‘fitting’ and ‘fixture’ is used interchangeably where lighting is concerned, if you’re having lighting installed in your industrial building, what you’re installing is technically a light fitting because it wasn’t sold with the property and you can remove it from the building if and when you move on.
There are more different types of light fittings available through industrial lighting suppliers than you might think!
Flush lighting fittings can be installed into both walls and ceilings. These light fittings’ main attraction is that they’re very economical in terms of space since they sit flush to the surface they’re mounted to with minimal protrusion.
If you’re looking to save every last inch of square footage in your industrial building, recessed lights might be the right call. Instead of mounting flush to the building’s walls or ceiling (again, this fitting type is suitable for both).
Chances are, if you’ve ever worked in or been in an industrial building, you will have seen this type of light fitting. In fact, even if you haven’t, you’ve probably had your way illuminated by utility lighting at some point. These light fittings are popular in all types of large buildings, from schools to laundry facilities.
Typically, utility lights are manufactured in the form of a long strip, often referred to as LED Batten Lights.
Each batten utility fitting is able to yield more lumens (units of visible light) because of the increased length of the light source. Therefore, LED batten utility lights are a great way to augment the lumen distribution inside an industrial building while maintaining energy efficiency.
(For more on the lumen distribution recommendations for different industrial buildings, see our ‘Types of Industrial Buildings’ section below).
Pendant ceiling fittings can be useful depending on the layout of your industrial building.
The advantage of using hanging ceiling light fittings is that they actually allow the light to be brought closer to the floor of the room and, therefore, to any work surfaces.
This can make all the difference in terms of brightness and clarity, so if you’re worried about the strength of your lighting due to ceiling height, pendant lighting can be an easy solution.
Types of Industrial Buildings
Now that we’ve delved into the different types of industrial lighting available for installation, it’s time to consider the different kinds of industrial buildings out there. The type of industrial lighting that’s best for your building will largely depend on the structure, environment, and purpose of said building.
A factory is defined as an industrial building where products are assembled either by hand, by machine, or by a combination of the two.
Bright, targeted lighting is more important in factory work than perhaps any other form of industrial work. Factory workers work some of the longest hours of all jobholders, and assembly work has one of the highest illuminance requirements of all industrial work. Detailed assembly, for example, has an illuminance rating of 2,000 lux for workers aged up to 65, and 4,000 for over 65s.
For factories, LED utility or pendant ceiling lights are both viable options. Factory buildings with high ceilings may benefit from the closer surface proximity of pendant lighting, while the energy efficiency and brightness of utility lighting make it an obvious choice.
While a factory is where the manufacturing side of industrial production takes place, warehouses function as storage units for finished products.
Warehouses, like factories, are very spacious buildings. Over a third of warehouses, today have a total area of 100,000 square feet. Even if your 100,000-square-foot warehouse has 2 or 3 floors, that’s still, 33,000 to 50,000 square feet per floor. So, the takeaway from this is that you will need a lot of bright, powerful lighting to illuminate your warehouse.
Sufficient lighting is essential for ensuring the safety of your warehouse employees. Working in a warehouse often involves operating heavy machinery and handling heavy objects. The slightest trip, slip, or oversight can be detrimental and even dangerous.
Warehouse storage experts recommend installing between 10 and 30 lumens of visible light per square foot. If your warehouse stores large boxes, 10 lumens should probably be enough. Locating and placing smaller products requires more visual strain, so 30 lumens per square foot is the better option in these situations. If your warehouse operates on an aisle-by-aisle set-up, we’d recommend splitting the difference at about 20 lumens.
Because LED lights are both very bright and often adjustable, these bulbs are likely to be your best bet for warehouse storage.
You probably want to avoid pendant ceiling fixtures in warehouse environments because warehouse storage relies heavily on the use of machines like stacker cranes, which can extend as far as 45 metres into the air!
Cold storage buildings should be thought of as separate from warehouses, although both types of buildings are primarily storage spaces. The term ‘cold storage unit’ can refer to refrigeration rooms or industrial cooling rooms.
This might go without saying, but for cold storage, you need lighting that doesn’t give out too much heat. You also want your light sources to be positioned as far from the cold produce as possible without negatively affecting visibility.
Cold storage stock rooms have a lux recommendation of just 100, while packing areas need to be brighter at about 300 lux.
Having a few batten LED utility lights installed in both your cold storage’s stock and packing areas will provide more than enough light at all times and won’t interfere thermally with any produce.
Data centres are often forgotten about in the sphere of industrial buildings, but they’re some of the most important buildings in Information Technology. Since so many of our current industrial practices are computerised, we felt we should include data centres on our list of industrial building types.
Examples of some of the world’s largest data centres include Amazon, Microsoft, and Lakeside Technology buildings.
Much like your typical warehouse, the average data centre sits around 100,000 square feet in size. And, like other industrial buildings, it’s more than just a storage area. Large-scale data centres may employ between 100 and 300 employees at a time (not including off-site work). So, a data centre definitely needs sufficient lighting.
It’s a good idea to try and keep the temperature inside a data centre comfortably low. This isn’t as crucial as, say, with a cool storage room, but overheating is a legitimate concern for data centre owners and employees. If the computer equipment in a data centre overheats, it could sustain damage or even present a fire risk. Moreover, a hot-running data centre is far from ideal on the energy-efficiency front.
That’s why LED bar or batten lights are so common in data centres: the light source’s large surface area puts out more than enough light, but without generating any excess heat.
Quality Of Light
You can get extremely high levels of brightness with LED bulbs.
Instead of measuring wattage, look at the lumen output. An LED bulb can output 4,000 lumens to an incandescent bulb’s 450, or a CFL’s 2,400.
Lumens, measured in lm, are a measure of the total amount of visible light that a bulb or lamp emits. This is light that is visible to the human eye.
Therefore, the higher the lumen output, the brighter the light will appear.
- With LEDs, you get more light while consuming less energy, because the diodes in these lights convert energy into light rather than heat.
- LEDs emit their light in one direction. This reduces the amount of energy they consume, and it makes LEDs ideal certain settings and specialist applications, such as recessed downlights and task lighting.
- With commercial LED lighting, you can easily create different colours and shades without the use of filters. The diode itself determines the colour of the light, which ensures consistency over the bulb’s lifespan.
Benefits of LED Lighting for Industrial Purposes
We haven’t thoroughly discussed specific light bulb types yet, although you may have noticed that LED lighting has come up repeatedly. The reason for this is that LED lighting has surpassed other light forms in recent years, proving itself to be the ultimate solution for bright, energy-efficient industrial lighting.
Of course, there are plenty of light bulb types out there. The most commonly used light bulbs are incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs, fluorescent bulbs, and light-emitting diodes, otherwise known as LEDs.
So, what makes LED lighting superior to incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen lighting for industrial purposes?
Well, firstly, LED bulbs have the greatest capacity for brightness out of any other bulb type. The brightest LED bulbs can put out a massive 32400 lumens.
Secondly, LED lighting is the most energy-efficient artificial light form on the market. Even though they’re significantly brighter, they have a lifespan 25% longer than other lightbulb types and use up to 90% less energy.
The energy-efficiency of LED light bulbs also comes, in part, from the fact that many of these bulbs are dimmable. This means an LED bulb never needs to use more energy than necessary. Adjustable brightness also makes LED bulbs the most compliant with HSE guidance, which states that industrial lighting should be tailored to the work at hand.
Because LED light puts out much less heat than other light sources while being able to tolerate a wide range of temperatures, they’re safer for cool storage areas and data centres. They also present less of a fire hazard in the workplace.
How LEDs reduce your carbon footprint
The Carbon Trust defines a carbon footprint as:
The total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by a person, organisation or product.
Commercial LED lighting can reduce the measure of an organisation’s carbon footprint.
There are two forms of carbon footprint:
- Primary, and
The primary carbon footprint is the measure of CO2 that comes directly from the activity of a person, organisation or product.
The secondary carbon footprint comes from the indirect CO2 emissions created across a product’s lifecycle.
Most UK electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, which emit greenhouse gases. If you use less electricity, you lower your carbon footprint.
LEDs use considerably less energy than other light bulbs, therefore you reduce your primary carbon footprint because your lighting is requiring less fossil fuel.
But LEDs also last longer than other light bulbs, so by using them you can also reduce your secondary carbon footprint.
What are the business benefits of carbon reduction?
It can help you to:
- Reduce your operating costs
- Meet customer demands for a greener approach
- Improve your brand image.
LED Lighting for Business Premises
Commercial LED lighting is both versatile and adaptable, and suitable for a broad range of workplaces and commercial settings.
It covers a broad spectrum of lighting, and can closely approximate natural light. Along with the programmable aspects of commercial LED lighting, this can enhance the work environment.
There are various things to consider when designing your commercial lighting system:
- Type of building, including its layout
- The lighting requirements of its occupants
- Energy efficiency.
The main objective for lighting in commercial and industrial premises is to enable people to carry out tasks effectively.
There are also lighting requirements for health and safety purposes, and to help ensure the overall wellbeing of staff.
This range of lighting solutions provides plenty of choice, including the option to retrofit LED tubes to replace existing fluorescent lights.
How do you make the right choice?
It is important to maximise the effectiveness of your commercial lighting system, while minimising your energy costs.
We can help you make the switch to cost-effective commercial LED lighting.
Working closely with leading LED lighting manufacturers, we can provide your workplace with the latest lighting technology at competitive prices:
- We will carry out a comprehensive assessment of your lighting, on site at your premises
- This will enable us to calculate your current annual energy and maintenance spend, and your carbon wastage
- Then we will provide you with a detailed, fully costed proposal for upgrading your lighting system to LED, with the option for you to provide a no upfront sum as capital outlay, should you want to.
Installing your commercial LED lighting
Installing or upgrading your entire lighting system might seem daunting, but we will make sure the entire process is streamlined while minimising disruption to your business.
- First we carry out a thorough on-site logistics assessment, and create a schedule for the installation work
- Then when work is underway, we ensure your premises has sufficient lighting during the LED installation.
Work comes with a five-year guarantee.
Experience the benefits of LED lighting
LED lights can last between five and 50 times longer than conventional lighting. You could be making savings on your energy consumption of between 70% and 90%.
Eco Lighting Specialists offer a no capital outlay option whereby you will use a percentage of your savings each month to pay for the cost of installation.
LED lighting makes perfect sense in the longer term, but where you can also see rapid returns on your investment.
Make this change to your lighting and experience the financial, operational and ecological benefits.
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