Before You Set Up Shop: Taking Your Warehouse Lighting Scheme Into Consideration


One of the more important aspects of any warehouse is the lighting scheme. Warehouses present a unique challenges when it comes to getting the lighting just right. Before you set up shop, you will have to put a lot of consideration into just how you want light to play a role in your new warehouse.

Horizontal and Vertical Lighting Considerations

One of the main challenges of warehouse lighting is illuminating downward from the top. Another challenge is illuminating the floor where the majority of activity takes place.

Vertical lighting levels – Warehouses normally stack things vertically. A worker on the floor will need to look upwards to see labels and other identifying information when picking or storing. That means the lighting should adequately allow someone to read a label several feet above them.

Horizontal lighting levels – The warehouse floor is where people will spend most of their time. That means you need adequate lighting for them to perform their duties.

The lighting at the horizontal level also needs to take into account warehouse aisles and crevices. Warehouse workers often need to see through the stacks to items not front and center on the racks.  

Many full lighting systems out there take all of a warehouse's levels into consideration. But it's more than just the light itself. You will need a system that distributes light evenly, cuts down on glare, and doesn't overheat in your warehouse environment.

Efficiency Considerations for Warehouse Lighting

With all of this lighting, it's important that you consider efficiency. Your lighting shouldn't eat up your budget. It also shouldn't need constant replacement. No matter what kind of lighting solution you implement, you will need to make sure that you're using them as efficiently as possible.

  • Cut off lights when not in use
  • Consider using sensors, dimmers, and timers
  • Use LED options whenever possible
  • Make use of natural light

It's also important for both design and efficiency purposes that you start with the help of an industrial electrician before you do anything else. A lighting scheme of any sort requires a good underlying power network to make sure it works properly and efficiently.

You will need to know just how much power your warehouse's electrical system can generate. If it's not adequate to the lighting scheme you would like, then you will need to upgrade your electrical infrastructure, or downgrade your lighting choices. Do not buy into a lighting system until you know if your building can handle it.For more information, contact electricians like Brian Thornton Sons Electric. 


9 November 2015

adding electric lights to your yard

How well is the outside of your home lighted? Do you have several areas around your home that become pitch black after the sun has fallen for the day? If you live in an area that does not get very much sunlight during the day, you probably have the same amount of success as I have had trying to use solar powered lights to light those dark areas. I finally broke down and contacted an electrician to help me run some power to the dark areas and install some much needed lights. He was able to give me a few suggestions that would not only brighten up my dark yard, but also look very nice from the street.