Industrial / Factory Lighting

There are many things to take into consideration with factory lighting, getting it right can be tricky, Lightnation have the necessary experience and skills to ensure the correct lighting is fitted, to guarantee safety and efficiency of the factory workers.

Starting with the basics Lightnation look at a number of aspects; the building size and the ceiling height, how often areas are frequented, is there a need to highlight certain areas and how much natural daylight is present. Also you need to look at whether there is a need for presence /occupancy controls, if there are any vehicles or hazardous areas and most importantly the activities beneath the lighting. All this will have a big impact on the fixture which is ultimately chosen to install.

Work requiring limited perception of detail for example will need less light than work requiring perception of fine detail due to the visibility factor. This means there will be the need for greater light to carry out the work required. You also need to consider the colour rendering factor and whether there is a need to see a true colour. Due to some printing and painting application, this might then in turn need a greater lux level.

If the wrong lighting is installed it can be potentially very hazardous for example: Operating a circular saw / band saw with standard discharge metal halide fixtures installed can have a dangerous effect on the surroundings. The lights can flicker depending on the lamp used which means it can cause a strobe effect over the blade thus give the impression the blade has stopped when it hasn't. This can be potentially very dangerous if the operator puts his or hers hand near the moving blade.

Appropriate lighting is also required under the health and safety at work act. There must be sufficient light in the workplace to ensure the safety of every worker and there also must be adequate back up lighting in an emergency or power failure. Failure to adhere to these standards can lead to criminal negligence cases.

When you take into consideration all of the above you can then look at the operational hours and the amount of fixtures needed to meet the required lux levels. This will make a massive impact on what fixtures are used. If operational hours are low the payback on the installation with a high value, low energy fixture like LED, will lead to long payback terms which isn't cost effective.

With other options like T5 or Induction units you will use less energy than the standard discharge lighting but more than LED. However you will see a lower investment which will lead to greater payback over time.

So for long operating hours the LED lights are a cost effective option, due to the low energy long lamp life and less maintenance, which means good payback over time. The T5 or Induction lighting is still an option and offer great payback terms and a faster positive cash flow situation.

So as you can see it is not a case of just putting some 'lights up'. There is a whole multitude of factors to take into consideration when installing factory and here at Lightnation we are the people to turn to for professional lighting design, consultation and expert installation. And we have full back and customer support for initial concept to fully installed lighting.