Using LED lights in your warehouse? 6 things to know

Increasingly, warehousing operations are literally seeing the light when it comes to LED sources for their high-bay illumination solutions. Be that as it may, some things never change – like the running costs for 24-hour lighting and the expense of ongoing maintenance.

At least LED installations should be inherently efficient, and their technical characteristics can be further exploited for increased energy saving: LEDs can be dimmed very easily. It’s self-evident that in a warehouse 100% illumination isn’t needed all of the time. Localised presence detectors can be used to alter light levels depending on where work is happening. The Carbon Trust says that such measures can reduce electricity use by 30%.

The Hazards of Incorrectly Directed Light

Having taken the trouble to have lighting respond to work activity, it would be a shame if it lit all the wrong places. New generation high-bay lighting depends on optical systems to provide the light pattern, and different versions offer different results. Light on to the floor isn’t going to be very helpful for operatives who need a good deal of light on the front of the racking.

In fact, for environments housing industrial shelving in Ireland, the direction of LED light can become a health and safety issue where the vision of operatives is concerned. Unlike conventional HID sources, the intensity of LED chips can make glare a real problem for anyone looking directly at the light source. It’s a potential hazard for fork-lift drivers wanting to stack products in racking. Fortunately, there is a trade-off to be made whereby a degree of efficiency is sacrificed to produce visual comfort.

The Hazards of Old Racking

One aspect of LED lighting installations easily overlooked is how they might be affected by an existing racking system. A new lighting solution might have to be considered alongside an entirely new rearrangement of racking – or completely refurbished sections. The purchase of industrial shelving in Ireland needn’t be a costly affair when it’s from local suppliers such as, so the option of a redesign to accommodate new lighting is not one that should be immediately ruled out.

The alternative might result in poorly arranged lighting installations worked around incumbent infrastructure. It could risk wasting energy, delivering light to the wrong places and making maintenance unnecessarily expensive and overly time-consuming.

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