Floodlighting in an industrial outdoor lighting set-up needs careful specification and the products supplied need to be robust, to withstand the elements. VeeLite has worked with architects and specifiers from all over the world to define and supply appropriate floodlighting and our solutions have been implemented on projects in Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and of course closer to home, in the UK and Ireland.
Floodlighting is typically used in large-scale outdoor settings, both at industrial and commercial facilities. It’s essential to work with specialists in this field as there’s plenty of important factors to consider; here’s some pointers on what to look out for when adding floodlights in harbours and on cranes for example….
Industrial Lighting – Harbours
One of the first things to take into account is the need for durability, given the outdoor setting. If you’re installing floodlights outside they’re obviously going to be exposed to the elements so finding extremely robust luminaires is important. Our clients in Canada, for example, have to deal with severe cold and freezing temperatures during the winter months so they need luminaires with a heavy-duty construction that are going to last.
Coastal areas such as harbours and ports are considered high risk. Strong winds can damage outdoor lighting and rust is also a concern due to the close proximity to salt water. If you already have external floodlights installed, it’s best to you check them for damage regularly.
We advise carefully considering the placement of the floodlights so that they provide optimal illumination but are protected from the elements in as much as they can be. If you need any advice, please contact us.
VeeLite recently completed a project supplying floodlights for two ports in Dubai. The luminaires we supplied were installed on cranes that moved containers on and off cargo ships. There were three key challenges that needed to be overcome:
The cranes were constantly moving and the vibrations put additional strain on the luminaires that were in use, causing them to crack and break frequently.
Dubai experiences big swings in temperature and the floodlights needed to be able to withstand these big changes from day to night.
The supply of electricity to the cranes was not stable so the luminaires needed to be able to handle changes in voltage.
Our engineers decided the best approach was to supply our Heavy Duty 1000W Marine Industrial Floodlights with custom built shock absorbers to deal with the vibrations. These floodlights also have a high resistance to changing voltage which commonly occurs in crane lighting and they can handle changes in temperature very well.
The Marine Industrial Floodlight is almost indestructible. VeeLite made sure to construct a heavy duty range of industrial outdoor lighting that can withstand the worst the weather can throw at them. Produced from a die-cast aluminium it can also come with a galvanised steel ‘U’ bracket for installation if extra protection is needed – this luminaire really is built to last! VeeLite has supplied this to ports throughout the UK, South Africa and further afield. They are also used on board ships that operate in the North Sea.
If energy consumption is a concern the LED Crane Floodlight 993 is a heavy duty floodlight that can save up to 50% on energy costs with a lifespan of up to 100,000 hours. The luminaire can also be added with dimming to maximise efficiency. The LED 993 can operate in temperatures ranging from -30°C to +35°C making it very versatile option.
We have seen a big increase in demand for LED floodlights and the 993 is one of the most popular outdoor industrial lights. What clients like about this luminaire is the robust duty design and its flexibility. It is also suitable to be used in a several other large external facilities and installations such as level crossings, cranes, sports grounds, in harbours and on board ships. The LED Floodlight also provides the correct illumination to ensure safety requirements are met.
Please contact us if you need any more information for your industrial outdoor lighting. Our team will be able to advise you on the correct lighting levels and where the best place for the luminaires to be located. And we supply appropriate, high quality products that deliver on your requirements.