When thinking about your industrial lighting needs, LED should definitely be in the conversation. Many of the industrial facilities we see, and perhaps yours, have very high ceilings to accommodate overhead cranes or high stacking shelving units or even manufacturing equipment or processes happening at high levels, like a stamping plant. Those presses are big!
This creates a problem for industrial lighting, since you cannot hang a lamp every 20 feet like you can with commercial lighting. In response to this, the lighting industry has created many high power – meaning high wattage thus high electrical use – for industrial lighting needs. These lamps sometimes take a long time to fully illuminate and much of their energy is actually used up as heat, meaning you have to spend more money cooling your facility.
Now that going green is gaining momentum and facility managers and owners are trying to save costs wherever possible, this high powered strategy is coming under fire and increased scrutiny.
So, when thinking about LED for industrial lighting, keep these factors in mind:
1. Energy consumption – LEDs use 50% to 90% less energy to produce the same amount of light than traditional light sources, which results in cost savings. What’s more, LED fixtures do not require ballasts. Ballasts require an additional 15% to 20% electricity.
2. Durability – LEDs, being solid state components, are unlike incandescent and fluorescent bulbs as they contain no tubes or filaments. Therefore, they are much less prone to damage from external shock.
3. Long life – LED lights average 50,000 hours of life. Some LED lights last 30,000 hours while others last over 100,000 hours, depending upon the application. Many facilities use HID bulbs for their industrial lighting; those are rated at 1,000 – 5,000 hours. Long LED life means far lower maintenance and replacement costs when comparing LEDs to traditional light sources. Consider having areas shut down to replace a high hanging bulb as maintenance.
4. Environmental – LED lights contain no mercury or chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), last longer and produce less waste, and are made from fully recyclable materials. Even aluminum fixtures and housings for LEDs can be made from post-industrial recycled material. Thus, recycling costs are minimal when compared to traditional light sources.
5. Instant On – LEDs light up very quickly. A typical LED will achieve full brightness in less than a second. This means that you can keep low traffic areas on a motion sensor and have the lights turn on when someone is approaching the area. No more lighting unused areas in your industrial facility.
6. Silent operation – There is no flicker or buzzing with LED lighting.
7. Low Heat – LED lights produce much less heat than traditional sources, which means confined areas requiring many lights won’t require as much ventilation when compared to traditional light sources. When considering LED for industrial lighting, this is one of the biggest considerations since LED really help offset your HVAC costs.
8. Cold Temperatures – Unlike fluorescent light sources, cold temperatures do not impact performance of LEDs. In fact, cold temperatures can help extend the life of your LED, as heat is the main contributing factor for loss of life in an LED.
9. Dimming – Most LEDs can be very easily dimmed. As mentioned above, you can have a motion sensor as part of your lighting system. This can also dim lights, so that the area is still lit for safety concerns or OSHA requirements, but fully lite the area when needed.
LED is a fantastic choice when considering industrial lighting. LEDs energy consumption, impact on the HVAC system, durability and long life, and its controlability all help create an extremely favorable ROI on your industrial lighting project, often with a payback near 2 years.
Check out our catalog to see Sigma Luminous products for your industrial lighting needs.