Energy costs may be an operational requirement in industrial facilities, but that doesn’t mean that your facility’s energy consumption should heavily impact your company’s bottom line.
Managing energy costs is an important factor in any industrial facility, and one of the largest expenses for any industrial company is lighting. Light sources represent one of the biggest solutions to managing energy consumption.
While lighting is a necessary commodity that directly and indirectly supports facility activities, new LED lighting technology has made LEDs low-cost and more competitive than ever.
Looking to upgrade the lighting equipment in your commercial space? Then consider LED sources.
Benefits of LED lights
Before we shine a light on the type of LED bulbs and fixtures you should consider for your industrial facility, let’s look at its competitive benefits.
Without a doubt, one of LED’s most important benefits is its energy efficiency. LED fixtures are efficiently designed to provide your facility with round-the-clock, high-quality lighting. This energy efficiency offers considerable savings with very minimal maintenance.
What’s more, modern LED technology is also capable of being retrofitted into existing luminaires. There’s no need to install a new cable infrastructure or have expensive re-wiring done. New LED sources can also be installed with wireless controls to give you optimal control of your lighting system.
Whether it’s a manufacturing, warehousing, showroom, or food processing setting, there’s an industrial LED solution ready to leave nothing in the dark. Below, we look at the key LED light bulbs and fixtures to consider for your industrial facility.
1. High-bay lights
This is the lighting of choice for most industrial facilities. High-bay lights are held in such regard because of their ability to consistently illuminate even the most difficult and expansive facility. This includes industrial settings with broad areas and ceilings 20 feet or higher.
The type of light distribution provided by a high-bay light is determined by its fixture.
The most common type of high-bay LED light is the round high-bay LED light. Round high-bay LED lights are most effective at illuminating broad areas in a facility.
2. Low-bay lights
For industrial facilities with ceilings between 12 and 20 feet, low-bay LED lights are ideal. Compared to high-bay lights, low-bay LED lights are vastly different, particularly in bulb intensity and lumen output.
The standard is for high-bay lights have a lumen output of 150W or higher. Their lens angle should not exceed 90 degrees.
Low-bay lights come with a typical lumen output of 60W to 100W. This is due to the fact that they are used in low-ceiling areas which require less lumen output. At such heights, any more wattage will result in a very high bulb intensity, creating hazardous conditions.
The lens angle of low-bay lights is usually situated at 120 degrees.
3. Linear lights
Industrial linear LED lights are weather-resistant, corrosion-free, and easy to install and maintain, making them ideal for numerous industrial facilities.
They function great in facilities not supported by conventional light sources, such as cold room storage where light fixtures are subject to temperature extremes, and commercial applications where accuracy is crucial, like wash-down and inspection areas or grocery stores and auto service shops.
Linear LED lights can also be used in conjunction with high- and low-bay lights, particularly in mixed-use facilities with aisles such as high-rack warehouses. Linear LED lights should be installed parallel to racked aisles to decrease eye strain.
LED floodlights are robust and can be diversely used in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications. These high-intensity, high-beamed lights provide illumination in settings like large sports venues, outdoor public spaces, architectural illumination, and mining.
These high-powered LED solutions are generally waterproof, shock-resistant, and capable of withstanding thermal stresses and extreme cold.
The luminous distribution of an LED floodlight can be categorized as area or directional. Lumen output can range from 30W all the way to 400W. This is varied according to its application.
Fixtures also come in a variety of sizes and power ranges, depending on the required setting.
5. Corn lights
Looking for an LED solution to the traditional high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp? LED corn lights are a great alternative, with a longer shelf life while still maintaining high lumen output.
LED corn lights are named so because they resemble corn on the cob. Each LED corn bulb is comprised of numerous individual LED lights. The number of individual LED lights depends on the style and size of the corn bulb, but it can have up to 108 lights.
The main benefit of an LED corn bulb is that it offers luminous uniformity and a 360-degree beam angle. This makes corn lights ideal for industrial spaces like storage facilities, warehouses and factories, and shopping centers.
Choosing the right LED lighting solution
The LED options available to industrial companies are vast and diverse. Retrofitting or installing LED lighting systems provides your facility with high-quality, energy-efficient light sources that won’t break the bank or require extensive maintenance.
With LED-based systems, you’re afforded the flexibility of various light fixtures and technological upgrades. This includes add-on sensors or intelligent LED lighting systems that can adapt and respond to variables further enhancing cost-savings and energy efficiency.
Looking to make the switch to an LED lighting system? We at Nakashi can provide a tailored solution to all your lighting needs. Request a demo with one of our LED lighting specialists today.