Designing effective lighting solutions for manufacturing facilities is important for safety, quality and workplace design. But what are the important considerations for lighting in manufacturing facilities? And how can you be sure to achieve the right results?
What are the important considerations for lighting in manufacturing facilities?
Manufacturing facilities are spaces that are designed for fabrication, assembly, sub-assembly, and finishing,and can generally be split into two different categories including light manufacturing and heavy manufacturing. Properties in each of these categories differ in size with light manufacturing buildings being smaller, with lower ceilings. Whichever category your property falls into the lighting will need to be well designed. So what are the important considerations to bear in mind? Well, there are several, including:
- The amount of light- Different light quantities will be necessary in different places throughout your industrial premises. High bay LED lighting can be fantastic for heavy manufacturing spaces and warehouses, providing direct lighting to the working equipment. But task lighting will also be necessary to help your employees fill out paperwork in comfort.
- Exterior lighting- for external equipment or car parks, exterior lighting can be a necessity. This could be provided using a range of methods, and you will need to choose the option that best suits your budget and space.
- Security lighting- In addition, you might think about installing security lighting. This is usually motion sensitive and can illuminate the perimeter of your building to deter any potential criminal activity. It can also be connected to your CCTV, so that any would be intruders are caught in the act.
- Motion lighting- some industrial sites are manned 24 hours a day, while others only for part of the day. Switching lights off in zones that are not in use is almost impossible for many industrial settings and warehouses, because of safety concerns. But lighting that is activated by motion could be useful in corridors and stairwells. This can help reduce your energy bill, as you will only be paying for lighting when it is in use.