LEDs for industrial lighting
Posted on 30th August 2019
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are energy efficient, which is one of the reasons that they are becoming increasingly popular in industrial settings.
More and more large warehousing and distribution centres that operate around the clock are looking to replacement lighting installations to significantly reduce their energy bills and improve working conditions.
Why are LEDs a good choice?
Good quality LEDs also last longer and are more durable, often providing better light quality than other types of lighting.
For many industrial uses the efficiency, directional flexibility and reduced glare of LEDs make them ideal, especially for warehousing and manufacturing promises. LEDs don’t emit heat and are rugged too, so they are a good choice for production environments.
A brighter working environment with improved visibility also improves workplace safety. LEDs are available in a range of colours from warm to bright white that can even be changed throughout the day to adjust the lighting mood if needed.
Energy savings make a difference
LEDs are available in wattages from 60w to 320w as well as in different beam angles from a precise 15° up to a diffuse 120°, so they are suitable for a wide variety of applications.
Traditional lighting installations can consume 300 to 460 watts while LED light fittings will use anywhere between 60 and 320 watts. Many are LEDs are also available with built-in sensors to detect motion and monitor daylight levels, so they can automatically switch off or operate at low levels when an area is unused or there’s enough daylight.
Energy savings of 70% or more are possible, so the investment in a new lighting installation can pay for itself in just two or three years.
Reduced maintenance costs
LEDs need little to no maintenance during their long lifetimes. They are designed to be effective in rugged environments.
In large industrial facilities, which might have hundreds of lights, this can provide significant savings in ongoing costs.
Programmable timers for LEDs can be used to automatically turn them off after a set time if no movement is detected, so that lighting follows activity around the workspace.
LEDs can also contribute to a business’s environmental objectives. Unlike fluorescent lights, LEDs don’t contain mercury and most of an LED fitting is recyclable. With less energy consumption they also reduce a company’s carbon footprint and have less impact on the environment.
Did you know?
• LEDs convert almost 100% of the energy they use to light
• Even if you use your LED for 24 hours a day, every day, it is likely to last for six years
• LEDs emit less infra-red radiation that other lights, so they attract less bugs at night
• Since 1987 there have been more LEDs than any other types of light in vehicle brake lights, signal lights, and traffic lights.
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