Daily warehouse operations can often be hectic with all the moving parts considered. When you implement LED warehouse lighting, you not only mitigate risk for employees and visitors but also reduce energy costs in turn saving you money.
National LED has worked with hundreds of warehouses across the nation to improve their lighting quality by executing LED high bay lights with motion sensor capability. Ferrara Candy Company in Grand Prairie, TX has a 750,000 square foot warehouse that was previously illuminated by traditional T8 lighting until National LED partnered with them to install LED high bay lights with motion sensor capability. This has allowed employees of Ferrara to work in a safer environment with clear visibility and protection from unwanted visitors.
At National LED, we’re known for providing state-of-art LED lighting and solutions for all kinds of commercial warehouses. When you are looking for a company to provide you with a high-quality LED lighting solution or warehouse light fixture, we can give you the service that you want. We have provided LED lighting for companies such as Advanced Auto Parts, Cubesmart, Toyota and United Airlines. These are companies with commercial warehouses that are important to their operations.
We can help you with integrating LED lighting to your specific warehouse needs from the ideas all the way to the completion of the project. We’ve completed thousands of LED warehouse lighting installation for companies all over the United States, and we have our work down to a science. The products that we offer are made in the United States and created for their efficiency and effectiveness. We know that each warehouse has specific needs when looking for warehouse light fixture and we work to create a unique solution based don those needs.
LED lighting’s very important to a modern business. This isn’t just because it’s energy-efficient and that it saves a business money, but warehouse lighting also gives you many practical applications in your warehouse.
Warehouses are often very large in size and they need a lot of lighting. When you have us install LED warehouse lighting in your warehouse, you are going to discover that your energy costs are lower. Once you have LED lighting put into your warehouse, you can reduce your energy costs by 75%.
The warehouse light fixture will also play a big role in the safety of your warehouse employees. Keeping your warehouse properly illuminated will make sure that they can see any hazards in the warehouse and reduce the chance of accidents happening. Having LED lighting also can help your employees stay awake and alert. The LED lights that we offer are made to properly illuminate the spaces and corners in the warehouse. With the right type of lighting solutions, you will have fewer accidents in the warehouse and safer employees.
We know that your warehouse is unique and that what works in one warehouse may not work in yours. That’s why we create a LED lighting solution that is right for you and for your warehouse. We will take a look at your warehouse’s design and architecture so that we can create a warehouse light fixture that is right for you. We will start by creating a customized photometric layout of the property and then we’ll talk about how the warehouse is used each day. We’ll create a solution that is made just for you and for your needs. Check out some of our case studies on warehouse LED integrations.
Choosing the right LED warehouse lighting system for your warehouse is far from easy, especially given that you may not know much about the important factors to consider. However, with just a little help from someone that’s familiar with the only three lighting options available in HID, fluorescent and LED warehouse lighting, the choice would get incredibly easy and clear. So without further ado, let us make a detailed comparison between these three lighting options based on the important factors you need to consider.
HIDs used to be the most popular lighting option for warehouses as they boast a high light output and can illuminate large spaces. They are still fairly popular even today.
HIDs typically offer a light output of 100 watts or better, which is great when it comes to ensuring maximum visibility. However, HIDs are the worst option in terms of lumen depreciation, meaning they get less energy efficient with a decreasing light output over time. They are also not very impressive with their color temperature, as their light intensity is on the weaker side and they are usually either too yellow or almost unusually white. They also have a “warm-up” time, which means they take a few minutes – often up to 10 minutes or so – to fully light up. The same goes for when you turn them off. This might not seem like too big of a problem but it can turn out to be one during a power surge as it would prevent them from turning on for about 15 minutes.
While HIDs have a low initial cost, they are pretty high on maintenance. They have moving parts and can get damaged if they are not maintained well or even due to building vibrations. The ongoing maintenance needs typically include replacing the ballasts and also relamping. HIDs do have a lifespan of up to 25,000 hours though and are also durable enough to withstand both extremely cold and hot temperatures.
HIDs are the worst option on this front too as they are the least energy efficient.
Fluorescent lighting is considered a more budget alternative to HIDs as it’s a more energy efficient option, but not as much as LED warehouse lighting.
While fluorescent definitely has a better light output than incandescent and even HIDs in most cases, there are a few big trade-offs here. Fluorescent has flickering issues unlike LEDs, and they even tend to start losing their lumen output – meaning they produce less output while using more voltage – as they age. They no longer remain energy efficient at all once they only have 30% of their lifespan left.
Fluorescent doesn’t demand much in terms of maintenance though they are not fit for extremely cold or hot environments. Also, the on and off cycles can further reduce their lifespan, so you need to keep that in mind as well. They are also not as durable with a lifespan of only up to 15,000 hours.
As we mentioned above, fluorescent is more energy efficient than HIDs but not as much as LED. It also no longer remains energy efficient enough after reaching 70% of its lifespan.
LED is the most recent lighting technology but it has emerged as the most versatile and energy efficient lighting solution for pretty much every type of need, warehouse lighting being no exception.
As far as the lumen output is concerned, there’s no beating LED, although HIDs do come close, at least on initial installation. LED lights offer 100 watts or higher too, but their light intensity is very concentrated and paves the way for a much more comfortable warehouse environment than HIDs or fluorescent lights. The focus and light intensity is pretty balanced with a great color temperature. Unlike HIDs, LED has no such thing as a warm up or cool down time and illuminates fully as soon as you turn them on and the same goes for when turning them off. Similarly, LED lights remain consistent with their highly efficient lumen output throughout their lifespan, there are never any flickering issues, and they do not lose their energy efficiency over time like fluorescent lights.
LED lights have a significantly higher initial cost, but they demand virtually nothing in terms of maintenance. They do not have any moving parts or filaments, and the on and off cycles don’t affect their lifespan negatively either. They can also handle extremely cold environments very well, although extremely hot temperatures can affect their light output, though the decrease is usually barely even noticeable. LED lights are also the most durable with a lifespan of between 50,000 to 100,000 hours.
LED lights are hands-down the most energy efficient as there’s no heat loss when converting the energy voltage into lumen output. They use the least amount of energy while being a much better all-round lighting option. They are designed with a very innovative approach to use electrical current to produce light and to also emit light directionally to get the most out of the energy they are using.
If you have read through everything we discussed above, you would have easily come to the conclusion that LED lights are the best overall option among the three lighting options we discussed (and the only three lighting options available) for warehouses. Be it the light output and quality, maintenance, or energy savings, LED lights are in a class of their own. Sure, they may be the most expensive in terms of installing and the initial costs, but when you consider the over long-term use, they turn out to be a clear winner!
We have a lot of different types of outdoor and indoor commercial LED lighting options that you can choose from, so you can find the one that is just right for your needs. Each of our lights come with a 10-year Manufacturer Warranty, and customer satisfaction is our highest priority. There are many LED lighting choices for warehouses, and they include ceiling bay lights, light grids and many other types.
High bay motion sensor LED lights have built-in motion sensors made to react to surroundings and are typically used for spaces with ceilings of 14 feet in height or greater, common in barns, warehouses, and convention centers. There are two types of high bay lighting with motion sensors, infrared and microwave. While infrared does pick up on motion, it will not penetrate through walls and are limited to shorter distances. Microwave motion sensors are ideal for warehouses because of their capability to emit through walls have range up to 50 feet!
When defining light emitted from any light, including LED warehouse lighting, it is typically measured in foot candles (fc) which is the amount of light at a specific level or plane. Different areas of workspaces, warehouses, any intentionally lit area has a standard set by OSHA to ensure a safe environment which can be measured in foot candles.
A lighting plan or photometric study is a report which outlines light distribution and light levels for a specific location, indoors or outdoors. This advanced software enables you to digitally design an area, source fixtures, and determine mounting heights. Photometric software produces reports which show minimum, maximum, and average foot candles for the area.
Lighting designs and systems are not always equal. Even if two areas are the same size, the requirements may be different for each depending on the use of the environment. The following are the recommended foot candle measurements for warehouse LED lighting in various areas:
ASCO Equipment in South Houston, Texas was just one of many perfect candidates for retrofitting old lighting into new LED lighting to increase efficiency, visibility and safety of their inventory area and warehouse space. By implementing 8’ PJF1 Linear LED Strip lights and ExsaBay XLE Hight Bay LED Luminaires, ASCO replaced outdated and energy consuming fluorescent lighting in their inventory area in addition to their 1000-watt metal halides in their warehouse. In turn, the well-known industrial equipment supplier cut cost and improved the aesthetic of their space.
ASCO Equipment’s Parts Manager knew it was that time of year when it starts to get very dark by the end of the workday, so he wanted to ensure his employees would be safe and productive during this time. We suggested he use the 8’ PJF1 Linear LED Strip lights in a particularly dim area where much of his inventory was stored. The PJF1 is available in 2-foot, 4-foot, or 8-foot models to fit any areas lighting needs with options of lumen levels up to 9,730 and industry leading LEDs of 3,500 K, 4,000 K, or 5,000 K. This LED fixture has an estimated lifetime of 161,000 hours which equates to just over 18 years of power if left on 24/7. This model can be surface mounted or suspended and is designed to facilitate simpler installations. The housing of the PJF1 is constructed of steel in a standard white finish with a lens of frosted acrylic yielding uniform light distribution which is glare-free. This fixture is rated for 120V input; however, 277-347V input options are also available. Photocell and motion sensor options are available along with a 0-10V dimming option. Best of all, the PJF1 is back by our industry-leading 10-year warranty and is assembled in Houston, Texas. This product’s best applications are schools, convenience stores, warehouses, malls, health care facilities, office spaces, hallways, and much more!
After installing PJF1s in the Inventory area for ASCO, this room was much easier to navigate through, even during the day. The tight rows of shelves with copious amounts of products were now well illuminated, making it effortless to decipher one product from another with all the boxes. The Parts Manager was very pleased with how well the PJF1s emitted light evenly among all products and stated this winter season does not stand a chance of getting in their way.
Much of the heavy lifting for ASCO Equipment is performed in the warehouse where, as mentioned before, had older 1000-watt metal halides which consume a great amount of power to operate and do not emit proper lighting for worker’s safety. The obvious choice for this project was the ExsaBay LED High Bay which is the perfect replacement for any conventional fluorescent or HID system. The modular design features a variety of lumen packages all the way up to 72,150 and industry-leading 3,500K, 4,000K, or 5000K. This LED high bay fixture has a lifetime of 172,000 hours, which equates to a whopping 19+ years of use if left on 24/7. This model can be suspended, surface or pendant mounted and ships with (2) 40” chains and V-hooks; a pendant mounting kit is available if desired. The construction of the ExsaBay XLE features aluminum housing ensuring utmost durability and is designed to elevate thermal management. Another aluminum component on this LED high bay is the heat sink which is designed to operate with natural convective cooling. This model is rated for 120-277V input and features 0-10V dimming standard, with integrated back-up battery and emergency driver accessory available. The Exsabay LED high bay is also backed by our industry-leading 10-year warranty and assembled in Houston, Texas. This product’s applications include of course warehouses, industrial and manufacturing facilities, large open areas, airport hangers, gymnasiums, commercial buildings, storage facilities, and many more!
After installing the Exsabay LED High Bay, this busy warehouse was extremely more well-lit. ASCO’s Warehouse Manager could not believe the difference these made even having them suspended almost 40’ up. During the daytime, these bright LEDs outshined the sunlight pouring in through the bays and allowed the workers to not be inhibited by shadows cast by large machinery. ASCO’s behind-the-scenes employees can now enjoy a safer working environment while these lights shine all day long.
Good questions to ask your prospective LED lighting vendor before purchasing high bay LED lighting fixtures for your warehouse
When you are looking for a company to install LED lighting in your warehouse, we hope that you will choose us for LED warehouse lighting. At National LED, we work together with you to ensure that the lighting solution that you receive is the one that you want. Our LED lighting solutions are offered at a reasonable cost and they help you save money. Why not choose a company that has worked with well-known companies all over the country?
Do you want to learn more? Contact us and let us know what questions you have. We are always glad to answer your questions and let you know how we can help your warehouse be as efficient and safe as it can be.
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You can rely on National LED for all types of LED Warehouse Light Fixture solutions. There are many advantages to choosing LED, and by choosing us, you can benefit from a professional company that always goes a step further for our customers. We are proud to be made in the USA, and we provide standout service.