With government incentives, cheaper initial purchases and long term savings in terms of both cost and efficiency, there are many benefits to changing to LED lighting. One of the less well reported aspects is the benefits they can have for safety.
Provide the Right Amount of Light
Industrial spaces need two lighting requirements to work simultaneously, which can be a difficult enough task. They need to have light strong enough to fill the large space. But it also needs to be bright enough to allow working in minute detail. Whether putting together an engine or checking the specs for a motherboard, the light needs to be right.
With LED lighting, you can use high bay lighting to replace metal halide bulbs with angle lenses to ensure all of the space is taken care of.
Our lighting needs are much more subtle than we may think. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, lighting which is only a little poor can lead to grave misjudgements which, in turn, lead to accidents. This is bad enough in offices, but when the space is industrial sized, the problems can be equally great.
Lumen depreciation is also a big concern for large spaces. If you have bulbs like halogens or florescents which will lose their brightness over time, you may not even be aware of the danger until it is too late. LED lighting maintains its brightness considerably longer. Their energy efficiency also means the dangerous task of replacing bulbs high on the ceiling is reduced to a minimum.
Provide the Right Kind of Light
It is not just the amount of light which is needed. Industrial workers need to meet both the physical and mental challenges of their environment, even when this environment is hostile to the human presence. For this reason, tiredness and depression can kill.
LED light is able to provide the right kind of light at the right time to ensure the workers within warehouses, processing plants and any other space which has a lot of activity. This light can meld with their circadian rhythms and keep them active. They can also be programmed so that this light is present at the right time. Also, motion sensors can ensure light is provided when needed and energy is saved when not.
Can Withstand Pollution
Factories and mills churn out product at incredible rates. Much of this product needs a lot of energy to create it. This means industrial furnaces, giant machinery and, very often, the use of hazardous chemicals.
LED lighting doesn’t require the delicate gas filled tubes and casings which other bulbs require. This means that they can withstand both severely high and critically low temperatures. Their encasements are durable without losing light from within. They can withstand fumes, protect against chemical pollution and be washed off easily thanks to water tight fixtures.
When the lighting is only a little off, a lot can go wrong. Take for example the Tata steel factory in Wales, UK when lighting failures caused by accidents and fires lead to serious injury in three people and hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of fines. With the durability and longer lives of LED light bulbs, terrible accidents like this one can help to be avoided.