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What to Keep In Mind Before Choosing LED Lighting

April 8, 2016

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Many businesses with large warehouse and logistics spaces are turning towards industrial LED lighting due to the benefits that such a lighting system provides. An industrial LED lighting system will help to cut down overhead due to the low energy usage and long lifespans of standard LEDs. However, there isn't just a one-size-fits all industrial LED lighting system - there are numerous types of LED products that you are going to have to decide between, products that can vary greatly in price. The following are a few things to consider before choosing an industrial LED lighting system for your industrial space:

  • Color temperatures - The color temperature of an LED light can be easy to overlook - but it can be very important in an industrial setting, such as a warehouse where workers need to be able to read labels. The color temperature can also affect the mood of workers - lighting that is too cold can dampen a worker's mood, causing productivity to drop. LED lights with color temperatures between 3,500 and 4,000 Kelvin will typically provide a warm, white look that is comfortable. 

  • Glare control - Standard LEDs can provide a bit of a glare that can affect workers that are looking up - such as warehouse workers that are pulling products down from up high using forklifts. This can be dangerous if a glare is present since it can distract workers. Fortunately, many LED products are manufactured with glare control, which is something you may want to consider if you think glare could cause an issue.

  • Function - Consider safety issues when pairing an LED product to your industrial space. For example, do you need LED lights that are fire-proof or explosion-proof? These are features you may want to look for when choosing LED products.

  • Energy savings - Don't just assume that because you are using LEDs, you will substantially reduce your energy costs. You can save a lot on energy usage by switching to LEDs, but you can save even more energy by considering control options for your LED lighting system. Some of the control options that are available for LED systems include the ability to monitor levels of natural light so that artificial light is dimmed accordingly and the ability to have the system turn off automatically if the space is unoccupied.

These are just a few things to keep in mind before deciding what industrial LED lighting system you want to implement.