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Warehouse Lighting

Warehouse Lighting

LED industrial lighting fixtures hanging from a ceiling illuminating a warehouse space filled with construction equipment In today’s warehouses there is a top priority placed on improving safety, reducing maintenance and cutting operating expenses. In a warehouse environment, lighting fixtures are often exposed to extreme temperatures. Additionally, these lighting fixtures must be able to provide consistent, accurate lighting that illuminates large areas to ensure the safety and productivity of warehouse workers. Efficiency is paramount for warehouse lighting, especially considering that most are run continuously around the clock.

As a result, it’s important to use high quality industrial lighting fixtures to ensure optimal performance, efficiency, and durability for lighting fixtures within a warehouse area. LED lights are an increasingly popular choice among many building managers and warehouse operators. Learn about some of the best options for illuminating a warehouse below.

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Types of LED Warehouse Lights

There are several types of LED lights for warehouse applications. The type of fixture used will depend on various factors such as the environment, ceiling height, etc. This section will discuss different options depending on these factors.

UFO High Bays – UFO high bays are round shaped lighting fixtures that are built to withstand harsh industrial environments. These versatile fixtures provide powerful illumination at long distances and are commonly used in large warehouses and other commercial or industrial facilities with ceiling heights around 40 feet high.

Linear High Bays – Linear high bays are a tube lighting fixture that projects bright illumination from high ceiling height. This class of high bay is generally used in medium sized warehouses with ceilings that are around 25 feet in height.

Crane Safety Lights – Crane safety lights can be used as spotlights to intensely illuminate specific areas to ensure worker safety. These can also be used as zone lights or warning lights around dangerous areas such as loading docks.

Low Bays – Low bay fixtures typically use tube lights as their source of illumination. These fixtures aren’t required to have additional layers of durability or the powerful lumen output projected by a high bay light. Low bays are typically used in smaller warehouses, garages, barns, or other areas with ceilings around 20 feet in height.

LED Strip Fixtures – These are highly versatile lighting fixtures that occupy minimal space and use LED tubes as their bulbs. Strip fixtures are great for workshops and areas within a warehouse or industrial area with low ceilings around 15 feet high.

LED Corn Lamps – LED corn bulbs are important to mention as they’re one of the primary lights used in industrial environments. LED corn lights are commonly used in place of traditional incandescent or CFL bulbs for significantly increased efficiency.

Strobe Lights – Used on machinery and forklifts to alert workers and ensure safety.

Chart showing recommended LED High Bays for different heights of celings.

Benefits of LED Lighting in Warehouses

One of the most appealing benefits of LED lighting is its dramatically increased efficiency compared to traditional types of lighting such as fluorescent, metal halides, sodium lamps, CFL bulbs and HIDs. Depending on the warehouse and existing lighting, businesses that have switched over to LED lighting have seen as much as an 84% ROI in their lighting operations. This dramatic improvement in ROI is not only due to a 40% increase in efficiency, but also the lifespan of LED bulbs being over three times that of traditional lighting.

In addition to increased efficiency and reduced maintenance, LED lighting offers a significantly better quality of light compared to traditional lighting. LED lighting has a very high CRI (Color Rendering Index), which means that the light it produces is more accurate and real. CRI runs on a scale of 0-100, with 100 being natural sunlight. LED lighting typically has a CRI of 90, sometimes even more – whereas traditional lighting rarely has a CRI beyond 80. This is actually quite a significant difference, which can be clearly noticed to the naked eye in side-by-side comparisons.

In addition to the higher CRI, LED lighting also offers an approximately 40% increase in usable light compared to traditional lighting. This is due to the way in which the light is focused. Traditional lighting generally produces light in a 360° pattern, requiring the use of a reflector to redirect light in the correct direction. This results in a significant efficiency loss which is not present in LED lighting. Because LEDs can only produce 180° patterns, they do not require reflectors to redirect light as all the light is going in the correct direction to begin with. This increase in usable light combined with the exceptionally high CRI of LED lighting increases safety for warehouse workers by more accurately illuminating their workspace and creating less strain on their eyes.