As a facility manager or building owner of a factory (of any kind) we know that lighting can be a big issue that is brought up time and time again. But yet the fact of a seemingly “large investment” comes up and it’s put off. It’s time to put that aside and listen to the facts about LED technology and what a proper factory lighting design can bring to your facility when it is done right.
No more flickering, buzzing, high electricity bills, and low quality lighting output. These are just a few benefits that can be literally gone away with when implementing LED products into your factory, inside and out, that will surely stun all of those overlooking the facility along with those working directly in the factories conditions.
We mentioned flickering, buzzing, high electricity bills, and low quality light. Can LED really fix these things? The answer is a big yes, they can and they will as soon as you make the decision to upgrade your current inefficient lighting system and move on over to a better technology, LED.
Let’s discuss each of these points that I’ve mentioned, and how exactly LED products can remove all of these troubles and more.
Flickering. Technologies like high pressure sodium, metal halide, and related are all susceptible to flickering. With LED, even near the end of their lifespan, they will literally never flicker. Flickering can cause stress and less-than-optimal focus and precision. In a factory environment, consistency is key to the manufacturing process and thus cannot be put “on the line” by having lighting fixtures that affect humans and their ability to work at full capacity. Although this sounds like a small issue and it may sound like we are blowing it out of proportion, if you do the research you will find that this is a big issue and can cause major issues in your factory.
Buzzing. This one goes hand in hand with flickering luminaires. While LED is not susceptible to buzzing either, other technologies like MH and HPS are. By replacing metal halide with LED you allow yourself to eliminate both buzzing and flickering from ever occurring in any of your lighting fixtures ever again.
High electricity bills. Factories that have metal halide or HPS fixtures installed are consuming 2, 3, or even 4 times more energy than they would be if they had LED fixtures installed. By making the switch away from these technologies over to LED, you will be able to realize a decrease in energy usage associated with your lights by 2-4 times. This is a great way to improve your factories bottom line, remain within budgets, all while getting the other amazing benefits that LED has to offer (all of which are listed here, and more…).
Low quality of light. LED is known for offering not only the best quality of light, but also it depreciates much slower. When we talk about depreciation with lighting, we are talking about lumen depreciation. In short terms, this is something that happens to all light fixtures. What it does is reduces the amount of actual light output that a given fixture gives out overtime. So while a metal halide at the beginning of it’s life might output at 15,000 lumens, give it a few years and it will be down at 11,000. This makes areas underlit, and again that can cause major safety issue to employees and visitors. With LED, although they too depreciate in lumens, it is a much slower pace and overall much lower than metal halide and HPS light sources. This can allow you to never face an issue of under lighting, or over lighting. Because facilities often over overlight in the start to account for this; which over lighting is no good either. It increases costs associated with buying more fixtures initially, all for what? Nothing, because less fixtures and less energy with LED will produce the same amount of light that more fixtures and more watts metal halide will output.
What Type of Fixtures are Found in Factories?
This question can vary from place to place, but here are the most common lighting fixtures that can be found in both typical and nontypical factories:
- High Bays
- Aisle High Bays
- Hallway Lights (panels & tubes)
- Outdoor lighting (wall packs, parking lot lights, flood lights)
- Vapor proofs and / or tights (used for food factories or factories with dusty / dirty environments)
If the goal in your facility is to improve quality of work for employees while decreasing costs, a LED factory lighting system will do all of that and more.
From no more buzzing to reduced costs; this can all be brought to your facility through an upgrade to LED technology. On top of that, by upgrading you will be able to realize a ROI with LED, which metal halide or HPS will never provide. This is a great way to gain approval for an upgrade and start making the switch sooner than later. LED is the future, hop on board!