Warehouse Efficiency and Sensors

Introduction

In this article we look at how the technological advances in LED lighting have enabled the ability for two-stage savings. We look at how warehouse lighting is moving away from the older generations of lighting such as metal halides to LED and how the addition of lighting sensors can further improve the energy efficiency of LED lighting.

An image showing LED lighting in a warehouse
LED Warehouse Lighting

Lighting Technology

Excellent energy efficiency is of key importance for any business owner. Warehouse facilities are typically in operation for large parts of the day and some operate on a continuous basis. Therefore, identifying the most efficient form of warehouse lighting is of key importance.

However, traditional light fittings are still found in a lot of warehouses. Fittings such as metals halide high bays consume up to 400W. In comparison, LED high bays use only around 100-200W meaning you would instantly save between 25-50%.

LED warehouse lighting is not only more energy efficient in comparison, but have a much longer lifespan and are more durable. Meaning you spend much less on replacement fittings and maintenance.

 

LED Lighting Smart Sensors

A major leap forward for warehouse lighting in recent years, however, is the advent of smart sensor technology. This provides increased energy savings as light is only produced when required.

The two main forms of smart sensors are reviewed below;

  • Occupancy Sensors – In areas of warehouses that are not often used, smart sensors can dim or shut off warehouse lighting completely. This is until the sensor detects someone in the area, then it sends a signal to the fitting to turn on to the optimum level.

 

  • Daylight Harvesting – These sensors measure the amount of natural light coming into the facility and thus calculates the required additional light to meet the facility’s optimal lighting requirements. It therefore reduces the length of time warehouse lighting is on at full power.

 

Sensors are able to significantly reduce the amount of time your LED warehouse lighting is on at full power. This keeps task lighting at optimal levels whilst only providing the right amount of light when needed.

 

Conclusion

Now is the time to invest in new warehouse lighting technology as the prize on offer is exceptionally high efficiency savings. LED lighting has many running cost benefits compared to other forms such as; high energy efficiency, low maintenance and high durability. If you add smart sensors, then you could vastly increase your efficiency savings.

 

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