Why Shift Warehouse Lighting to LED
- March 10, 2020
- Warehouse LED Lighting
- National LED Team
LED lights offer a plethora of advantages over their traditional counterparts. They are not only much more energy efficient and long-lasting, but they are actually also much more functional than most other options like metal halides.
But in this short blog post let us just discuss 3 major reasons you would want to shift your warehouse lighting to LED.
Get Rid of Warm-Up Times
Many types of traditional lights – particularly metal halides – have an annoyingly long warm-up time of 15 to 20 minutes. This means you need to turn them on at least 20 minutes before you even need them, wasting quite a bit of energy over time.
Furthermore, traditional lights are even less efficient than they usually are until they are fully light up, meaning that they use more energy in the warm-up period. Again, you sure do understand what this translates to for your energy bills.
This is one of the main reasons more and more warehouse managers are making the shift to LED lights that don’t need any kind of warm-up period.
Great Savings with Dim Lighting
While LED lights are way more efficient than their traditional counterparts without any other optimization, they do offer a great option in the form of dimmable lighting to help you save on your energy costs much more while actually being more functional.
What this means is that you can dim the brightness of LEDs when you don’t them to be fully bright. Unlike traditional lighting options, LEDs do not become less energy efficient but instead, use the energy they consume more efficiently when they are not running at their full brightness.
You do need LED-specific hardware to do this but it’s readily available and easy to install. Furthermore, many facility managers also employ other smart solutions with LEDs to both improve their functionality and save even bigger on their energy costs.
These are usually in the form of sensors that include motion devices and timers and help build an intelligent lighting system in your warehouse that adapts to the changing environment and traffic patterns in your facility. This is basically known as adaptive lighting, and it can help you save more money on your energy bills than you can probably imagine.
Frequent Switching Is Not a Problem
One of the common issues with traditional lights is that they take quite a bit of time to turn back on after being turned off. Some of them can even take their own sweet time to go off after you switch them off.
This means that if you don’t need the lights in your warehouse for, say, about half an hour or so, you wouldn’t be able to turn them off. This is because it would be a lot of trouble to wait for them to fully turn off, and then wait about 20 minutes for them to turn back on. If they don’t turn on in time the workflow at your warehouse would be affected.
However, this is not at all a problem with LED lights. They can be both turned off and turned on instantaneously without any kind of delay whatsoever. This would not only help you save on your energy costs but also wouldn’t cause any damage to the light output or the LED devices itself in any way.
There are certainly many other reasons as well for shifting your warehouse lighting to LED, but we are sure this is enough to make you consider this option and act on it if it makes both economic and business sense for you to do so.