Everything you need to know about factory lighting (A complete guide)
Planning a lighting system for your factory can be quite a big task that requires a lot of work. The layout of your factory is one of the main determining factors in how it should be set up. It can be confusing to plan with all the different bulbs and fixtures on the market, so we have listed below some of the main factors to consider when installing new lights into your factory.
High Bay Lighting
The average factory or warehouse is usually around 32 feet tall or higher. As the roof is further up from the ground than in a typical building, brighter lights are required to provide adequate light.
Consider high bay lighting options for a factory, which hang from the ceiling on chains or hooks and provide powerful light to the floor below. Usually these lighting fixtures are quite large and may need to be installed by a commercial electrician. Make sure to measure the distance between the ceiling and working areas to anticipate the lumens required to light the factory adequately. It is best to discuss your options with a professional electrician. Learn more about our commercial electrical services.
Distribution of Light
Lights should be uniformly placed throughout the factory in order to provide an even distribution of light across the whole building. Ensure that the location of the lights is carefully planned according to the layout of the factory.
If some areas of the building are missed, it could potentially cause a safety hazard due to low visibility. Lighting should also be considered for corridors, emergency exits, storage cupboards etc. A good lighting set up can reduce the number of workplace accidents as employees can see clearly and stay alert throughout the day. If you require some assistance with planning out your lighting distribution, consult a commercial electrician who will help you determine a solution.
Types of Factory Lighting
There are three main types of light bulb that are used in a factory setting.
Firstly, high intensity discharge lights (HID) are used frequently due to their energy efficiency when compared to halogen bulbs. They can produce intense light in a small area. However, the highest quality HID lights are still not capable of providing the most powerful light.
Fluorescent lights are also common in factories and many consider them to be better than HID lights as they are even more energy efficient.
However, the best lighting available to use in a factory is LED lighting. They are the most energy efficient and have the longest life span of any globe, without producing any heat. View our National Storage Case Study for more information. Talk to a licensed electrician to discuss lighting options that are available to you.
If you run a factory that involves the use of high temperatures, gases or pressure, invest some money into shatter-proof fixtures and bulbs. This will prevent problems further down the track and reduce the amount of times that a bulb or fixture needs replacing.
Not only is it time-consuming to change a bulb or fixture, but it could also lead to a safety hazard in the workplace. Fixtures should also be waterproof and vapor tight to ensure that your lights are protected. These fixtures will last longer and are ultimately a strong investment for the future.
Consider the colour temperature of the bulbs in the factory. If you want the lighting to be warm in colour, use a bulb that is between 2000k and 3000k. This will produce light that is similar to light orange and yellow colours.
If you are searching for brighter, colder colour lighting, select a bulb that is between 3100k and 4500k. This will give off more of a bluey tint to the lights. Bulbs above 4500k will produce a bluey white colour. Your choice really depends on personal preference and the way in which you want the factory to look.
There are a number of factors to consider when installing a new lighting system into a factory or warehouse. Make sure to consider all the details, as lighting can be expensive to replace if it doesn’t suit your factory.
Always contact a licensed electrician to upgrade your lighting systems to ensure that your factory is fitted with the highest quality lights, and that the lighting is as energy efficient as possible.
Our team of friendly electricians have extensive knowledge in the commercial sector, and are dedicated to providing quality commercial electrical services to hundreds of satisfied customers. If you’re searching for a licensed electrician in Sydney to upgrade the lighting system in your factory, contact our team at Elec Comm Services.