Lighting a Warehouse
When choosing to light up
your workspace you’ll need to understand the scope of the job. While there are
several warehouse lighting guides online available that could be useful to aid
you in your endeavors, having a lighting professional with experience and
knowledge available is essential.
Observe the Environment
Check out the warehouse
itself. How high are the ceilings? How big is the open area? Are there office
space that needs to be lit? Is there shelving? What’s the spacing between the
shelving? How close is your shelving to the ceiling? General rule of thumb: the
closer you shelving is to the ceiling the more lighting you will need. If your
warehouse needs are that you need high shelving throughout to maintain your
inventory then it is best to invest a little more in lighting that will
adequately light those areas.
Understand your Employee Needs
How many employees do you
have? Which areas are frequented the most? What types of labor goes on in which
areas? For example, if you have robotics manufacturing product you may not need
as much lighting in that area. You may want to install motion sensors or
lighting controls for low traffic areas and focused lighting in areas that
require detailed work such as label reading.
Natural Light Availability
Natural light is free
light. Use windows, roof lights and skylights to your advantage during the
Go for Quality vs. Price
This is where “you get
what you pay for” comes into play. Purchasing cheap warehouse lights will end up
costing you more in the long run. When shopping for quality LED lighting
fixtures you’ll want to consider not only the wattage but also the way that the
light is delivered, such as the face of the fitting which could cause glare for
employees searching for products on shelves.
Financing Warehouse Lighting
Fortunately, there are several energy retrofit savings programs available to financially assist businesses to adhere
to warehouse lighting standards. We are proud to say that Bulb Daddy Lighting Experts are
affiliated directly with NV Energy to assist with these programs and have
affordable options available.
Making the switch to LED is a worthwhile
investment both financially and professionally. Research has shown an energy
savings of up to 80 percent with an average high of 65 percent. Not only do LED
provide the most energy efficient solution possible with todays technology but
it also provides your customers with an overall better experience.
What types of lights are used?
While metal halide’s were
used for some time with warehouse lighting, LED high bays provide everything
plus more. LED high bays offer dimming capability, which increases overall
energy efficiency. T5 fluorescent tubes are also a great light source
specifically for high shelving and aisles. When choosing the right LED
luminaire it’s important to invest in a quality product to avoid issues like
flicker and inaccurate lighting.
KLS distributor has some
great, state of the art technology, LED lighting manufactured specifically for
warehouses, factories and industrial spaces. The LEDHB6015 is a 180 watt LED high bay that offers exceptional coverage and ample light for
any warehouse type space.
Why is proper lighting important for warehouses?
1) Safety and Visibility. Adequately lit warehouses, factories and industrial buildings will
reduce accidents and provide employees with a safer work environment.
2) Lower Economic Costs. It no secret. LED lighting latest technology is the way of the future
for energy efficiency. Several companies that have made the switch to LED have
seen their energy usage cut in half.