Overview of our warehouse lighting contractor services
We work across England & Wales as a warehouse lighting installer (including brand new installations & replacement of older industrial warehouse lighting systems such as sodium, metal halide or fluorescent lights with energy saving solutions such as LED etc.)
How much energy could you save in your warehouse building?
This can be around 80-90% due to:
Replacement of existing warehouse lights with energy efficient fittings (e.g. – LED)
Warehouse lighting solutions with controls which adjust their light output for existing daylight levels and/or the detection of people, vehicles etc. in warehouse aisles.
Energy Efficient Warehouse Lighting Guide
One of the main reasons businesses choose to invest in an energy saving warehouse lighting system installation is the fact that lighting can realistically account for up to 80% of the electricity costs in working storage and logistics buildings.
New energy efficient systems will reduce this lighting energy requirement through:
Optimising the positioning/spacing of light fixtures – to match the layout of warehouse aisle etc.
Changing older light fittings – older low and high bay fittings (sodium, metal halide, T12 fluorescent tubes) are switched for new energy efficient technologies (such as LED & T5 fluorescent tube)
Using intelligent light control systems – which automatically adjust lighting levels in pre-defined zones (individual or groups of racking aisles etc.) in response to presence detection or existing daylight.
Requirements of Warehouse Lighting
The aisles and open spaces of warehouses, storage facilities, logistics/distribution centres etc. require adequate illumination from lighting systems such that:
Stored items can be easily identified
Staff & vehicles (e.g. – forklift trucks) can navigate through aisles safely
The risk of accidents and damage is minimised
The recommended internal lux levels (lux being a defined measurement of light intensity) that needs to be produced by the warehouse lighting system will vary depending on the exactly the type of building and the work carried out inside. Some relevant lux level examples as defined by CIBSE are reproduced below:
Large item & bulk stores – 100 lux
Loading bays – 150 lux
Unpacking/sorting areas – 200 lux
Packing & dispatch areas – 300 lux
Risks of Poor Warehouse Lighting Levels
Frequently, the lighting in a warehouse will have become unfit for purpose due to the age of the fittings (sometimes you will see light fittings referred to the technical reference “luminaires”) – that is to say – the fittings do not emit the same lux/total lumen levels as when originally installed (see later for more on the causes of this).
It is also not uncommon for warehouse light fixtures to be badly aligned with aisles – especially if the racking layout has been altered in the past or the building has been converted to a warehouse from a different use – and the light fixture spacing has not been subsequently re-positioned.
Poorly performing or badly designed warehouse lighting systems can cost a business dear in the long run – poor warehouse light levels can create significant expense in the form of:
Accidents – possibly involving fork lift trucks, reach trucks or side loads with personal injury or damage to valuable stock a likely possibility
Increased staff absenteeism – through reported symptoms like stress, eyestrain, migraine and headaches;
Reduced working efficiency/productivity – difficulty with product identification & picking etc.
“Good” Warehouse Lighting Design
As well as producing necessary light levels for the onsite work, any warehouse lighting installation must adhere to the general principles of good warehouse lighting design. It should follow a number of general rules which take into account building users in order to achieve better health & safety standards (and maintain/achieve business certification standards -such as ISO 14001). Some examples include:
High fixture positioning fixtures should be positioned as high as possible to prevent likely damage from stacking/removal of goods and fork lift vehicles
Improved light distribution A good warehouse lighting system will produce reasonable uniformity across the warehouse floor and eliminate problems such as:
Large shadows or dark spots
Forklift truck drivers experiencing high levels of glare/dazzle
Light being “wasted” on top of racking etc.
Good light quality “colour temperature” The quality of light from outdated warehouse low/high-bay fixtures can be poor especially the yellow tinted light from sodium (referred to as SoN or HPS) lamps or old metal halide luminaires which may emit a skewed green tinted light.
HOW TO LIGHT A WAREHOUSE
GUIDE TO LIGHTING AN INDUSTRIAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT
When it comes to commercial and warehouse lighting, choosing the correct light fittings for the right location is key.
CONSIDER HEALTH & SAFETY
Ensuring that the lighting is sufficient for workers is paramount to their health and safety. Below, we’ve put together a helpful guide explaining which light fitting is best suited for the areas where the installation is taking place. Designed so that you can use this to advise your customers, print this page as a guide to warehouse lighting.
Energy bills for offices and warehouses have steadily climbed over the past few years and lighting is a significant part of these costs. Changing your lighting from the older fluorescent & HID fittings to LED is a large financial outlay, however, if you make that decision you will see an almost instant reduction in your bill, sometimes approaching 45% depending on the fitting chosen.
What Type of Light Source Should Be Used?
There are three options when it comes to warehouse lighting sources, each with its pros and cons: high intensity discharge (HID), fluorescent, and LED. HID lamps were long thought of as the only option for lighting warehouses and are still often used. This type of lamp has the lowest initial cost. However they also have the highest rate of Lumen depreciation and do not offer many options when it comes to color temperatures. High pressure sodium lamps have a color temperature of about 2200K to 2400K which is very yellow in appearance. While metal halide lamps are around 4000K to 4500K, which is much whiter in color. All HID systems also need a warm up time before reaching full illumination and require a cool down period after being turned off before they can be turned on again. This means power surges can cause the lights to be off for up to fifteen minutes.
WHY USE AN LED HIGH BAY INSTEAD OF METAL HALIDE?
These high quality lights use the die cast aluminium body as a large heatsink to ensure that the LEDs are cooled efficiently. Supplied with a polished aluminium reflector with a beam angle of 110º. There is an integral mounting ring that can be used to secure the fitting with wire or chain as required.
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