Lighting Set-Up for a Factory or Warehouse
Do you know that poor lighting at work can result to:
Incidentally, too much light on the workplace is also unhealthy as it leads to “glare” headaches and stress. The result is poor quality, frequent mistakes, low productivity, and accidents. Therefore, it is a must for factories and warehouses to ensure they have good lighting.
Lighting Tips for Warehouses and Factories
Here are some of the things you should consider when designing the right lighting set-up for your factory or warehouse:
Consider your stations and its processes
Before installing your lighting, ensure you know the different tasks your team has to perform each day. Break down these activities based on the degree of finesse and control it requires. Then talk to a commercial electrical service provider who can install these task lighting where you need it the most.
Observe your warehouse lay-out
The actual lay-out of the open space speaks so much about your warehouse and factory. It also determines the proper placement of your lighting.
Let us take this for example:
You are the owner of a warehouse. To ensure your workers can work efficiently, it is wiser to install light in line with the aisles and not on top of the shelves and racks because this creates strong shadows that affects the visibility of your staff.
Choose the right colour temperature
Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a way of knowing how good your visual output will be. It predicts how a product will render colour, with anything closer to 100 as a better choice, as it makes the colour appear truer to what it “should” look like.
This is an important factor to consider, especially inside warehouses and factories, because of the many labels your staff has to look at. To ensure they can read these labels and properly input information, you need to choose the right light temperature; which in this case is a CRI that is above 85.
Think about energy efficiency
A huge amount of energy is spent on manufacturing operations. So, choosing the right lighting to use in your warehouse or factory means deciding on energy efficient lighting systems, too.
This is the reason why many commercial electricians recommend the use of LED lighting.
Compared to traditional bulbs, LED lights radiate as much lumens to the surroundings but only at a fraction of the power. This means more savings of up to 80% on your lighting costs. So if you are to choose between CFL, incandescent, halogen and LED lights; it is wisest to choose LED.
But do these LED lights last long?
LED lights can last up to 10 years even without any replacement. So that is additional savings on yearly service costs due to frequent light replacement and installation in your workplace.
LIGHT CONTROL OPTIONS
Another way of saving on energy cost is through light control options. It does so by using either one or all of the following:
- Motion sensors
- Brightness controls
- Light sensors
All of which work together so your factory and warehouse staff can always work efficiently without the need to keep on adjusting the lights inside their workplace. Moreover, you can also easily forget about lights not being turned off after use; because light control systems can detect this and turn it off for you, too.