Warehouse lighting solutions that deliver significant benefits
Specifying warehouse lighting is not as straightforward as choosing fittings from a wholesaler. Industrial lighting designers need to consider a variety of issues, such as building design, wide-open spaces, large industrial racking, long operating hours, changes in temperature, ceiling heights and importantly energy consumption costs.
Warehouse lighting levels
Establishing the correct lighting levels for the premises based on the operational use, size, employee needs and industry standards and guidelines is critical in order to design a lighting scheme with optimal performance.
Specific areas of a warehouse will require different light levels, for example, packing and despatch areas need generally need less light than offices and trade counters. But it’s important to realise that no two locations are the same so levels may need to be altered accordingly to fit the environment.
Lighting levels can affect productivity within the workplace. Ensuring that the workplace is correctly lit by positioning luminaires accurately will create a better environment for staff that will in turn have a positive effect in their mood, wellbeing and productivity.
Safety is always a high priority; most warehouses have forklifts and packing machinery, so the safety of staff is vital. Installing the correct warehouse lighting solution that provides ample illumination without causing glare and light spillage, is essential to providing a safe working environment.
What is the best lighting for warehouses?
Warehouses are generally large with high ceilings, creating cavernous open spaces which present a lighting challenge. High Bay lighting is generally used in areas where the ceiling is higher than 7 metres. High Bay luminaires need to be of high-quality construction, with suitable specifications to ensure long lifetimes with minimal maintenance.
Save money by reducing energy consumption
There is an ongoing cost associated with keeping warehouse premises lit correctly, therefore designing a lighting upgrade to be energy efficient is the best way to save money on running costs. Many warehouses are now lit with LED luminaires but there are some that are still using legacy lighting. If this is the case an upgrade to LED lights should achieve at least savings of 50%, more if lighting control is designed into your scheme.
Commercial Lighting Controls
Lighting controls can effectively manage light level requirements in warehouse zones. Many warehouses adopt zoning strategies to store goods, grouping high turnover items in one zone and less popular items in a different zone. Occupancy sensors can generate significant savings by reducing levels or switching off the lights in less used areas.
Occupancy sensors can automate lighting by switching lights off when no motion is detected in a zone. This can reduce energy usage and eliminate vast energy waste.
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Earlsmann Lighting has vast experience in designing and installing industrial and warehouse solutions that have saved clients both energy and in turn money. Let us help you do the same. Please call us on 01884 259917 or email: email@example.com