Six essential points when sourcing suitable industrial LED products

As the UK is gradually being released from lockdown as Coronavirus cases are gradually falling, now is the prime time for planning your industrial lighting upgrade. The latest financial models from the Bank of England (BBC, 15 March 2021)* suggest the economy could grow by 10% by the end of 2021, returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Therefore, the time is now to upgrade your industrial lighting to provide your facilities with the best possible conditions to deal with the increased demand.

As responsible and professional industrial lighting consultants we want to indicate the six key points to address when planning your industrial lighting upgrade.

1. Are you getting the optimum lighting efficiency?

This is measured in Lumen per circular power (lm/W). Or in other words, how much light output you get for the energy used – the energy efficiency of your lighting.

When fitting new LED industrial lighting, some clients have the misconception of the phrase ‘wattage equivalent’. For example, 150w/200w LEDs fittings are able to replace 400W SON fittings. However, it is not always economically efficient to re-fit lighting using wattage equivalent products.

LED lighting efficiency differs according to each brand, meaning higher output brands are able to consume less power. The current market average for LED lighting efficiency is 120lm/W.

The latest products provide 140-170lm/W meaning these fittings are more efficient than the older generation of LED products. Interestingly, for some highly efficient LED products, you will only require a 100W fitting instead of using a 150W product.

Finally, should LED products use sensor solutions, they will further reduce your lighting running costs. These are most viable for warehouses and factories with low to medium occupancy levels.


2. Are your beam angles offering you efficient light dispersion?

The beam angle is particularly important when illuminating narrow or non-open spaces. The majority of LED products have a 120-degree beam angle which is ideal for more open areas. However, some facilities have particularly high ceilings of between 12-15m. Products with more narrow beam angles are more efficient here. This is because a 120-degree beam angle product wastes a high proportion of its output on walls and other surface reflection from such a height.

A typical example of this is warehouse aisle lighting. By using narrow beam angle products that concentrate light where it is needed, it increases ground lighting levels and reduces waste output. A 100W LED fitting with a 60-degree beam angle provides a more efficient output compared to a 150W fitting with a 120-degree beam angle.

An image of warehouse lighting aisle designs
Example of good warehouse lighting design – light (brighter colours) is dispersed where needed

3. Are you able to receive tax relief?

Our industrial lighting products provide clients with full capital allowances under the government’s AIA scheme. We have met the criteria and been certified to provide each of these offers as our products’ efficiency exceeds the requirements of the Energy Technology List (ETL). Make sure you do not ignore this funding benefit as you could be saving 20% on the overall project cost (including labour). Furthermore, schools and public sector bodies can also receive zero interest financing to ease your cash flow.


4. Does your local authority provide grants for energy efficient industrial lighting installations?

Owled Lighting Solutions has been working with various local enterprise partnerships for many years to provide our clients with helpful grants of up to 60%. This includes the cost of industrial lighting products and installation. The requirement for the grant is that the installation can significantly reduce CO2 output through reduced energy consumption. Another is to save the client a large proportion of their previous energy costs associated with their lighting. We have an excellent 100% record in producing proposals which are accepted by the local enterprise partnership boards.


5. Are you able to obtain precise lighting designs and payback projections?

Does your LED lighting supplier provide precise lighting designs and payback projections for your facility? There are industry lighting level standards for various types of facilities, as follows;

Activity Locations/types of work Optimum lux level Minimum lux level
Movement of people, machines and vehicles Lorry park, corridors, circulation routes 20 5
Movement of people, machines and vehicles in hazardous areas; rough work not requiring any perception of detail Construction site clearance, excavation and soil work, loading bays, bottling and canning plant 50 20
Work requiring limited perception of detail Kitchens, factories assembling large components, potteries 100 50
Work requiring perception of detail Offices, sheet metal work, bookbinding 200 100
Work requiring perception of fine detail Drawing offices, factories assembling electronic components, textile production 500 200

It is vital for businesses that the correct level of lighting is utilised to ensure good levels of productivity. Because of this, a lighting software simulation is essential when considering a lighting refit. It also enables for highly accurate and bespoke lighting requirements.

It is vastly more efficient and effective compared to like for like replacements and wattage equivalent replacements. By using this lighting design method, you will get the best payback projection as it uses the minimum number of products whilst meeting the required industry lighting level.


6. Does your facility require specific product accreditations?

Does your facility require specific products? For example, explosion proof lighting or BRC accredited lighting for food related facilities? This must be put forward to your lighting provider in order for the fittings to meet all the relevant regulations and eliminate health and safety issues.


Next Steps

Should you require an LED industrial lighting upgrade, then please do get in touch with us providing us with as much detail on your current lighting situation as well as your desired one. We will provide a FREE site survey which includes; consultation, lighting design proposals and payback projections. Please feel free to fill in the form below to get started.

*link for the evidence use in paragraph 1 (last accessed 16/03/21)