Thinking of investing in new industrial lighing in the UK? It’s easy to get dazzled by the multitude of different options available when you look into upgrading your industrial lighting. Whether you need interior lights for a warehouse or high bay area or you operate in a retail environment, there’s plenty of different product choices and lots of considerations – economic, environmental and technical!
Lately there’s been a swing towards more energy saving LED options but traditional luminaires are still very popular.
We’ve put together a brief overview to help guide you through the selection process.
LED v Traditional
LED luminaires have come a long way and there’s plenty of great options on the market. If keeping costs down is what you’re after, LED systems can greatly reduce energy consumption. They are also built to last – often these new state of the art LED luminaires, such as the High Bay 500 can have a life span of between 50,000 – 100,000 hours.
More traditional luminaires are still great for high ceilings in places such as conference halls, airport hallways and exhibition areas.
Very often your final decision will be down to the location in which you’re installing the luminaire. If you’re unsure or need more information don’t hesitate to get in touch now.
Choice of Colours
The quality of the light and how the luminaire reproduces colour is an important consideration that is easy to overlook. Again you need to think carefully about the location and the application. For example, if you need to upgrade lighting or add a new lighting system to a warehouse where it’s important for your staff to clearly read labels – then the best solution will be to introduce lighting with natural looking colours and the clarity of the light emitted will be important. VeeLites High Bay (265) or Recessed (270) are two good options for industrial lights where clarity is required.
There’s a danger that productivity can be affected by the warmth of the light – so getting this right is also important. Keep an eye on the colour temperature levels of the LED’s. 3500 – 4000 Kelvin (K) tends to create a nice warm and comfortable feel. On a separate visual note, another issue that may affect productivity is light glare. In a recent article we discuss glare issues in more details. If you think it might be a challenge for your business – in this article we’ve outlined some ways to resolve the problem.
Creating a pleasant atmosphere that shoppers will enjoy is the name of the game when it comes to retail lighting. Having low glare is very important to create the desired ambience and atmosphere. And installing luminaires that look attractive can be important from an aesthetic point of view.
This is a relatively new area where you will see lots of developments happening in the coming year. There are a number of industrial lights that can be fitted into an intelligent lighting network. These networks can then be controlled in order to reduce running costs – in a very effective way. The SuperLED and OpraLED are two powerful luminaires that can be operated with occupancy and daylight control systems, resulting in potential savings of up to 50%.
In warehouse aisles you may wish to install occupancy and daylight control sensors to help reduce energy consumption even further.
Please contact a member of our team now if you need to discuss your industrial lighting project in the UK or further afield and let us advise you on the best approach and specifications. We’ve been working with designers and specifiers for many years identifying the most appropriate, cost effective and energy efficient solutions.
We look forward to hearing from you.