Warehouses and industrial buildings exhibit unique characteristics: few windows, high ceilings, elevated shelving, and large floor surfaces. All these factors require a very specific lighting system that adapts and conforms to the following needs:
- Reduce maintenance costs
- Refresh the operational efficiency of a given space
- Increase work productivity
- Improve workers’ safety as well as their working conditions
- Respect the environment
Following are a number of solutions that will simplify the lighting choices for your warehouse.
LED Lighting – Saving on Maintenance Costs
LED fixtures have become the buzz tool in the lighting industry; they are very well suited to warehouse lighting. LED highbays offer top performance as well as exceptional quality and versatility. They utilize 60% less energy than traditional fluorescent and HID lighting systems. Moreover, they are designed to reduce your energy consumption costs while providing your warehouse space with regular, contemporary lighting.
Benefits of LED lighting include, among others, a longer life span. Ceiling height and the considerable number of fixtures in this type of space result in significant maintenance costs. Changing a simple light bulb often involves an elaborate process, such as the use of a forklift that can be quite costly in both time and dollars spent.
LED maintenance and energy consumption are modest, two factors that represent major advantages in large spaces with high ceilings.
Finally, a LED lighting system significantly lowers heat output. Therefore, it is not necessary to air-condition a warehouse to counteract the heat produced by the lighting fixtures as LED lighting minimizes the cost of air conditioning. We call this “the cross-effect of lighting conversion” and it is an essential feature in the computation of cost savings. To learn more about cross-effects of lighting conversion, read Cross-Effect of Lighting Conversion.
It should be noted, however, that the initial purchase of a LED lighting system is a costlier investment than the simple purchase of traditional established lighting. When considering an overhaul of your warehouse lighting, you may also examine fluorescent lighting options.
T5HO Fluorescent Luminaries: A Budget-Conscious Solution
Warehouse facilities can also benefit from the use of T5HO fluorescent luminaires instead of LED luminaires.
These fixtures contain several T5HO tubes as well as a reflector that will angle the light flux toward the work space to ensure optimal visibility.
Additionally, the cost of installing these luminaries is modest and the lighting quality is quite adequate.
Suitable Lighting for a Warehouse
Warehouses with high ceilings demand a specific lighting system in order to make sure the space is sufficiently bright to work in.
Our LED luminaires for high ceilings are designed for 18- to 60-inch mounting heights and will supply up to 95% of lumens for up to 60,000 hours. They are well suited to high ceilings (varying from 10 to 60 feet) and will ensure superlative quality, high performance lighting. They provide constant brightness with both direct and indirect lighting.
Many high ceiling lighting solutions offer additional features that are perfect for warehouse installations such as preventing loss of light due to the accumulation of dust, protecting luminaries against damage and facilitating their maintenance. Read about Luminaire Dirt Depreciation.
The installation of a luminous flux adjustor can also be a convenient lighting option for your warehouse.
If the warehouse receives a fair stream of natural light in some areas, for instance, it might be appropriate to reduce the intensity of your lighting system in those particular zones, thus significantly minimizing your energy costs.
Motion Sensors Help with Lighting Management
In many warehouses, lighting control components are often difficult to reach or may be too far to access. Motion sensors serve to coordinate the diffusion of light based on occupancy in various areas of the warehouse. In spaces where there is no activity, there is no need to keep lights on at all times; using motion sensors, warehouse owners can keep their energy costs down.
Several solutions are available to light a warehouse both properly and efficiently. A system that is well adapted to the space will serve to improve work habits and the well-being of employees while reducing maintenance fees and the cost of luminaires.
See how we modernize our warehouse, read our Success Story STANDARD Warehouse