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When thinking about options for warehouse lights, a business has quite a bit to consider. Illumination for a large, open space is different than making sure an office building or a home is bright enough.The conditions that create a safe and productive environment are inherently different because of the expected work conducted in the space.
What Do the Conditions Require?
Warehouses are typically very large, and the ceilings can be extremely high. They don’t usually have interior walls, so they’re basically huge rooms used for holding inventory of various products. Different tasks need to be done in these spaces, and conditions should always be bright enough to do that work safely and effectively.
Many times, workers will need to select the right product to ship out to fulfill an order. They need to be able to see part numbers and quantities on packing slips and pallets. Sometimes the print on these items is small or hard to read. Proper brightness is essential to complete this task without error.
Other times, an assembly line is located in these spaces. The workers on the line must be able to see all the parts they’re assembling, which can often be small or intricate.
In any situation, workers need warehouse lights that are bright enough that they can see what they’re doing, but not too bright so that they cause glares or strain the eyes.
Why LEDs Are a Great Solution
LED stands for light emitting diode. This illumination technology is growing ever more popular in homes, office buildings, and yes, even large warehouses. But why are LEDs surpassing other types of bulbs?
For one reason, they are incredibly efficient. Much of the energy in fluorescent or incandescent bulbs is manifested as heat. With LEDs, they give off much less heat, and more of the energy is manifested as illumination. So they use far less wattage for the same amount of brightness. This drastically lowers energy costs.
Also, because they are so efficient, they last much longer than traditional bulbs. Many bulbs used in warehouses can last anywhere from 7-15 years. This dramatically decreases the cost of bulbs in the long run. It also decreases the number of times someone has to go through the long, arduous, and sometimes dangerous process of switching out bulbs in fixtures that are 20-40 feet off the ground.
What Types of Fixtures Make the Most Sense
Warehouses typically have either “low bay” fixtures or “high bay” fixtures. Low bay fixtures are for ceilings lower than 20 feet and spread out the illumination. High bay fixtures are for ceilings 20-45 feet high and typically send more direct light down to the floor. These fixtures are made to be durable to stand up to the sometimes harsh conditions they face. They also usually have a refractor to minimize shadows.
When these fixtures are combined with LED technology, they create ideal warehouse lights for long-term cost savings and overall efficiency. Any business seeking out fixtures for their large depositories should consider LED technology.