Your warehouse is the centre of your entire operation, the starting point for completing your projects and fulfilling your contracts. Consequently, effectiveness and efficiency are vital in the warehouse. It is up to your warehouse employees to guarantee its proper functioning, so it is important that they feel safe and productive. Having a good lighting system is THE starting point for improving workplace safety and increasing employee productivity, not to mention saving on energy costs.
Improving safety and visibility
Poor lighting increases the likelihood of accidents in the workplace. This is even more evident in an environment such as a warehouse where workers handle heavy products and machinery and where they can easily misjudge the position, shape or speed of these objects.
When comparing the output of a HID light source to that of a LED light source, we examine a number of factors, such as the life span of the light source, the lumen maintenance over time, as well as optical loss (specifically for the HID light source). Understand all the lumen factors to switching your lighting system wisely: read Understanding the Difference in Lumen Intensity – HID vs LED
Fluctuations in temperature can have a significant impact on the productivity and efficiency of warehouse employees. On hot summer days, when the outside temperature is constantly rising, it is essential to stay cool inside. LED bulb emissions are up to 40 degrees cooler than those of conventional fluorescent bulbs. To save on your energy and cooling costs, start with areas at high heat risk and replace your traditional lighting system with LED fixtures that consume up to 77% less energy.
In point of fact, lighting systems produce heat, which contributes to the heating process during winter months, but can be harmful to air conditioning during the summer. This is what we call a “cross-effect”; it needs to be taken into consideration when computing energy savings. To have more information on Cross-Effect read Cross-Effect of Lighting
Better health, better concentration, better morale
Improper lighting can cause eyestrain, poor posture, and headaches. This certainly does not improve your workers’ concentration and productivity! On the other hand, a bright workplace with crisp colours creates that “home away from home” feeling that helps create a positive, productive environment. So make your employees happier, increase their commitment to their jobs, and ultimately, their productivity. And you can achieve all this by simply changing some lights. Isn’t that worth the investment?
Effective, efficient lighting in your warehouse will enhance workplace safety, increase employee productivity, and save on energy costs. It’s an investment that will definitely benefit your bottom line.