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Think About Energy Costs: Considerations for Warehouse Lighting Design

Proper lighting conditions are essential to warehouses as they help workers easily identify goods and navigate the aisles. However, different areas may have varied lighting needs depending on the use of space. For a new commercial construction, different zones may need different design types of lighting. For instance, workstations will need high-quality task lighting to aid in reading and writing tasks. Storage areas benefit from LED lighting for easy view of the stock. Loading areas require overhead lighting to ensure that vehicles are able to move around safely. A warehouse lighting plan allows designers and managers to best plot what type and where best to install different types of lighting.

Arranging your lighting

Of course, if a warehouse needs to be flexible in its internal design and will change frequently then general light layouts are best. However, on the whole, a warehouse’s design should not be so open it is not optimized for a company’s operations.

Is there anything unique about the warehouse? Can including skylights take advantage of daylight illumination? Can fewer lights cover larger areas if there are windows placed strategically around the warehouse?

These questions, as well as a host of others, help to evaluate the lighting needs of a warehouse.

Choosing the best type of lighting

Warehouse lights come in three main types: LED (light-emitting diodes), fluorescent and HID (high-density discharge). LEDs are by far the most popular choice due to their cost-efficiency and significantly longer lifespan of 50,000 hrs of work life compared to fluorescents. Typically, an LED light consumes 60% less energy than fluorescents or HID. This is a massive difference and when multiplied over the amount of lighting needed for a warehouse and the amount of time that lighting needs to be on, it’s easy to see why LEDs are the runaway winner. The one drawback is that the initial cost of LEDs is higher than fluorescents but the energy saving from their energy efficiency and their long lifespan means that there is a significant return of investment on LEDs.

While fluorescent lights don’t produce glare, they are not as energy-efficient as LEDs and have mercury running through them, making disposal difficult. They are not as green a choice as LEDs. Additionally, this type of lighting has been going losing ground to LEDs as they produce a type of light that isn’t as visually appealing as LED and HID.

Before LED became almost ubiquitous, HID was the traditional choice for commercial lighting. While HID does not produce as much glare as the LEDs, it is less energy-efficient and produces warmth that makes it impractical for warehouses that require low room temperature.

Providing the required light levels and visibility

There are many considerations when planning or upgrading the lighting in your warehouse. But it is important to ensure that it will enhance safety and increase productivity. For your electrical contractor needs, Pro Circuit provides round-the-clock emergency service and other electrical and low voltage services to industrial and commercial businesses. We also create, design, repair and service industrial electrical distribution equipment and power monitoring equipment. Learn more about us by visiting our website at

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