Industrial lighting and energy savings
Many companies set themselves industrial lighting energy savings targets as a means of keeping their outgoings to a minimum and optimising results. To a large extent, achieving these goals depends on installing efficient, low-consumption systems that are adaptable, programmable and resistant. In comparison with conventional systems, LED technology can help companies make savings of between 65 and 90%. This makes it a viable and sustainable option that is cost-effective in the long-term.
In this article we will talk about...
- Using LED lights to make savings in industry
- The lights that afford the greatest savings
- Intelligent lighting systems
- SECOM industrial lights
Using LED lights to make savings in industry
In industrial contexts, it is possible to bring electricity consumption down quite substantially simply by taking two courses of action. The first step involves replacing outdated lighting systems with LED technology. The second step is about using control systems that adapt usage to actual consumption needs and times.
LED lights are low-consumption lights and they can incorporate simple and useful control systems that can help business make significant financial savings. In addition, they are incredibly resistant and watertight, which makes them suitable for use in environments where temperatures can get high. They are also resistant to physical impact, water and humidity.
Furthermore, this technology has a luminous efficacy of up to 180 lm/W, which can help businesses bring consumption down and actually need fewer lights in their facilitates. This translates into fewer switches and cables, in addition to lower installation and maintenance costs.
Businesses that choose to use these lighting solutions can also install control systems and programme their lighting to suit their production schedule. In other words, not all areas of a facility need to be lit at the same time and intensity or brightness can be adjusted in certain areas.
A specific design for each section of an industrial facility is an option and, by using motion sensors, luminaires can switch on only when there are people around. This is an added bonus when it comes to making savings in electricity bills. Furthermore, LED options make it easier to get the balance with existing natural light right. The intensity of artificial lights can be decreased when natural light is at its brightest.
The lights that afford the greatest savings
Many different LED lights deliver the large energy savings that businesses need. In addition, traditional systems have a duration of between 2,000 and 3,000 hours. The latest LED lights, meanwhile, function for in excess of 30,000 hours. This enhances their cost-effectiveness and has a direct impact on operating costs because it means that the lights in industrial buildings last for longer before they need to be replaced.
LED high bays
LED high bays are incredibly efficient devices designed specifically for large industrial spaces or similar facilities. They can provide top-quality visibility in industrial buildings while maintaining low consumption levels and generating elevated savings on electricity bills.
These lights are generally fitted onto high ceilings and can have intensity regulators or motion sensors so that they only switch on when there are people in the area. They are supplied in kit format with all the components and they are a great choice.
Floodlights are increasingly common in industrial spaces. They enhance savings, they are resistant and they do not emit UV or infra-red radiation. These characteristics make them perfect for these environments and safe to use because they do not give off a great deal of heat.
There are many different options to choose from and, on the whole, floodlights are resistant to toxic substances, water, humidity and physical impact. They also work particularly well outdoors.
Among some other very interesting features, some of these lights also have different optics so that the light spreads as wide as possible. This makes them very flexible and means they have lots of regulation options and can be fitted in lots of different spaces.
Like LED high bays, many of these flood lights have motion sensors or controls for programming when they turn on and off and it is possible to adjust their intensity.
Intelligent lighting systems
New technologies use intelligent systems that bring consumption down and improve lighting conditions. Nowadays, it is possible to adjust the intensity of light to actual needs and this has a positive impact on industrial health and safety.
It is also possible to improve visibility in spaces where there is little or no light. The systems can use sensors to adapt the luminosity and colour temperature of luminaires to the lighting conditions in the area. They can also make alterations to help avoid glare or reflections that could distract or bother workers.
Lights tend to be more intense in the mornings and less intense at night to adapt to standard patterns of activity in industry. Intelligent technology can also control parameters remotely. This includes adjusting intensity depending on how much natural light there is outdoors.
Saving predetermined sets of parameters to create different lighting moods is yet another option and means that certain parameters can be reused whenever the conditions are right. For example, component assembly stations need to have certain special lighting conditions. It is possible to configure systems with optimum settings that can be saved and reused whenever necessary.
SECOM industrial lights
At SECOM, we have a wide range of industrial illumination solutions with excellent features that deliver energy savings.
The SECOM ATEX range is designed to deliver optimum results across industries of all kinds, including those in which there are spaces that present a risk of explosions. The reinforced aluminium structure and safety glass can withstand extreme temperature fluctuations, extreme heat and cold, fire, physical impact and chemical substances.
Furthermore, they are low consumption items and are incredibly durable, which make them ideal for industrial environments. All these advantages mean that businesses can make important savings on their energy bills and have illumination systems with incorporated control software combined with top-quality, efficient luminaires.More in our blog