Industry & Logistics

Industry & Logistics

Lighting advice Industry & Logistics

The use of high-quality lighting in industrial environments such as work areas in factories or warehouses is highly important for the productivity and safety of the employees. Furthermore, industrial environments are large-scale energy consumers, especially because of the fact that most factories have their lighting turned on 24/7. Lighting is responsible for no less than 50% of the total energy bill, which means there is a great savings potential. Factories and warehouses are usually characterized by high ceilings and variable temperatures. Fluorescent lighting and so-called high-pressure discharge lamps (HD) used to be the traditional solution for rooms with high ceilings. Disadvantages of these lamps are their energy consumption, warm-up times, and flickering during startup. Another disadvantage of the previously mentioned traditional light sources is heat build-up. Cleaning and replacement of industrial applied lighting is undesirable and is furthermore a more complex activity than for example, maintenance and replacement of office lighting. A good choice of LED luminaires for industrial applications is therefore highly important. In most cases the production unit needs to be temporarily shut down, elevated work platforms are needed, installers are involved, and the lamps need to be replaced. Factories and warehouses usually work with spot relamping, which means that when a light source breaks, for example, one above the assembly line, production needs to be stopped. In this way, the foreseen savings due to a lower purchase price of the old classical lighting, usually vanish completely. A switch or group replacement to LED lighting in factories or warehouses yields maximum savings for energy, replacement, and maintenance costs, while your production unit can keep running 24/7. Professional LED luminaires are economical, have a really long lifespan, no warm-up time, are dust and water resistant, and are therefore maintenance free. Energy savings of at least 60% are realistic and easily achievable, which allows the lighting installation to pay for itself within a very short period. Using smart dimming techniques and sensors can even achieve savings of 90%. On this page, you will read more about the guidelines for industrial lighting, so you will get a better insight into the advantages of LED lighting for your workplace or warehouse. Noxion, in cooperation with a wholesaler and/or the installer, will always give lighting advice without any commitment and can take the switch to LED lighting completely off your hands.

The maintained illuminance (Ēm) in lux, glare rate (UGRL),illuminance uniformity on the task area (Uo), and color rendering (Ra) according to the IEC NEN-EN 12464-1 standard and listed by type of area, task or activity, serve as a directive and consider employee well-being in industrial workplaces.

Type of area, task or activity
(industrial environments)

illuminance uniformity on the task area
color rendering
Preparation and baking (bakeries) 300 22 0,60 80
Finishing, glazing, decorating 500 22 0,70 80
General machine work 300 25 0,60 80
Work stations in processing installation 300 25 0,60 80
Measuring rooms, laboratories 500 19 0,60 80
Pharmaceutical inspection 500 22 0,60 80
Color inspection 1000 16 0,70 90 (4000 K < TCP  <– 6500K)
Tyre production 500 22 0,60 80
Cutting, finishing, inspection 750 19 0,70 80
Cable manufacture 300 25 0,60 80
Galvanizing 300 25 0,60 80
Assembly work:        
- rough, e.g. large transformers 300 25 0,60 80
- medium, e.g. switchboards 500 22 0,60 80
- fine, e.g. telephones, radios, IT equipment (computers) 750 19 0,70 80
- precision, e.g. measuring equipment, printed circuit boards 1000 16  0,70 80
Gangways: unmanned(illuminance at floor level) 20 - 0,40 40
Gangways: manned(illuminance at floor level) 150 22 0,40 60
Control stations 150 22 0,60 80
Storage rack 200 - 0,40 60






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Switching to LED lighting

When switching to LED lighting, various factors should be taken into account. A switch to LED lighting is relatively easy, although it should be done in a well-thought and professional manner. The achievement of maximum energy savings with LED lighting should always go hand-in-hand with the improvement of the visual task to assure employee safety. Undermining the human factors of lighting can be called irresponsible in some way. With running machines around, it is important to pay attention to details. An example is the stroboscopic effect with running machines near. When unapproved lighting is used, unnecessary dangerous situations can occur. When making the switch to LED lighting for industrial environments, make sure to always get professionally advised by experienced, professional lighting advisors.


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