While you are planning for your warehouse lighting, you need to consider a few factors. The list of things to consider may be long and the task may look like a hard nut to crack, but there is nothing so difficult in this world that cannot be done. Starting with the basics, which is the source of power or light to the most complex one about the light distribution, there is nothing to worry, as we are here to help you make the right decision.
For you to come up with the right warehouse light coverage chart, you must consider the following factors.
Type of light source to be used
For warehouse lighting, there are always three sources of light that you can explore. You can either use LED, Fluorescent, or High-Intensity Discharge (HID). However, each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Among the three sources, LED has proven to be the most ideal for the warehouses. This is because they use less energy while emitting very little heat thus efficient is energy conservation.
The brightness required for the warehouse all depends on the color of the ceiling and the walls. Bright colored walls and ceiling are more reflective than dull ones. This means less lighting is required where you have a bright interior and more lighting where you have a dull interior. With a bright interior, you can save on the cost of lighting.
A small lighting tip that you must consider – you must be sure that your fixtures are not just bright enough but at the same time, it also do not cause lot of glare that can decrease your productivity or result in certain workplace accidents. As an easy solution, it is better to invest in diffuser lens covers.
Color temperature may seem irreverent when deciding on your warehouse light fixtures, but it can have a significant impact on the visibility. The best color range for a warehouse is between 4000 and 5000K. This range emits a bluish tint that is eye-friendly. This not only makes the warehouse look well lit but also improves the productivity of the workers.
Light Distribution type
Two types of light distribution are applicable in warehouses. You can either use I or V, depending on the layout of your warehouse. Type I distribution is most appropriate for warehouses with tall shelves. Type V is most appropriate for warehouses with more open fallopian.
The positioning of the Fixtures
The positioning of your light fixtures is also important. If the fixtures are placed too close to each other, your warehouse may turn to be an oven. There might be a lot of heat that may affect the productivity of the employees. On the other hand, if the fixtures are placed too far apart, the warehouse may be very dark which also will affect the productivity of the employees at the same time posing a health hazard. So, it is important to map your fixtures before buying them. If you are not sure about where to place them you should seek the services of a professional so that you will not over or under illuminate your warehouse.
Occupancy and Vacancy Sensors
If you add this sensor to your lighting design, you can be sure to save some coins. Occupancy sensors will always ensure that the lights are on when necessary and the vacancy sensor will always switch off the lights when not needed. This will save energy cost in the long run
What Else will be needed?
When you try to consider about lighting any larger spaces such as warehouses then, occupancy and vacancy sensors will be your best friend. By including one of these type of motion sensor to your lighting design will be able to reduce the cost of your wasted energy by almost by 30% without the need of any major update.
These sensors will turn your lights on and/or off, based on whether or not any one is available in the space. Prefer to use certain occupancy sensors when you will prefer the lights to get turned on and off automatically.
Generally, vacancy sensors are used for those areas which do not require the lights to be turned on every time, if someone enters for example, warehouses with very large skylights to light your space, but you still prefer them to turn off as and when the space remains empty.
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