Industrial lighting has become a design trend used to create a specific ambiance in both residential and commercial spaces. However, for actual industrial spaces such as warehouses, factories, and workshops, genuine industrial lighting serves a vital purpose that has nothing to do with any aesthetic appeal.
These–often large–spaces need to be well-lit to ensure they are safe and that employees can remain productive at all times of the day. They demand lighting that is not only efficient, but also able to withstand a wide range of conditions; from being exposed to steam and harsh chemicals, to being resistant to dust and other particles. And efficient industrial lighting means generating the right amount of light in all areas–without being too demanding on energy–and also being long-lasting so they don’t need to be replaced too frequently. These are also some of the reasons many industrial spaces are now switching to LED lights.
Common LED Industrial Lighting Alternatives
Regardless of whether you currently use high-intensity discharge (HID), incandescent, or fluorescent lighting, there are LED alternatives for your industrial lighting needs.
Any industrial space dependent on fluorescent lighting can easily switch to LEDs without sacrificing any of the benefits they find in fluorescent lighting. In fact, LED batten lights could offer more benefits, such as:
- The ability to change the colour temperature from 3K to 4K or 5K as needed simply by flipping a switch.
- Automatically switch to emergency power via a built-in lithium battery in the event of a power outage.
- Save on energy costs with built-in motion sensors. Batten lights automatically dim to 10% lumen output if no motion is detected for 30 seconds.
- The ability to easily connect multiple battens to each other.
Depending on the wattage of each batten, you can expect lumen output of anywhere from 1,800lm to 5,000lm.
High Bay Lights
High bay lights are a popular choice for effectively lighting large spaces with high ceilings. Despite their size, only a few are needed to light up large areas, making them a cost-effective option for warehouses. And switching to LED high bay lights will provide just as much illumination, up to 31,200lm, with 5K colour temperature. And as you would expect from most industrial lighting solutions, most high bay lights are rated for indoor and outdoor use, with high degrees of weather resistance.
Normally used at servos, canopy lights are a great way to light up outdoor walkways, workplace aisles, and even covered parking or delivery bays. LED canopy lights are bright, offer beam angles of up to 160 degrees, and like batten lights, can also come with motion sensors to only illuminate fully when there is movement. And because they are usually IP65 rated, they can be confidently used indoors or outdoors.
Usually using HID bulbs, flood lights are now also available in energy-efficient LED models to flood any sized area in bright light. Designed primarily for outdoor use, LED flood lights are IP65 rated, so are dust-tight and resistant to water from any angle.
While there are LED alternatives for all traditional industrial lighting, switching to these alternatives is best done in consultation with lighting experts. You don’t necessarily want to replace each traditional light with its LED alternative. Instead, you want to consider the best lighting design for your industrial space that not only lights the area up at least equally to before, but also provides you with the most cost-savings.
For more information, see the Plusrite LED Slim Area Lights data sheet.
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