5 Fundamentals of Industrial Lighting Design

By Jeff Brain | November 03, 2016

Designing lighting for any space  is already a unique challenge. In conjunction with  industrial lighting design,  this task can become especially difficult due to factors such as large spaces, high ceilings, and other design elements. Below are five key elements to keep in mind when creating your industrial lighting design.

Workplace Safety

Ensuring safety is possibly the most important step for effective industrial lighting design. One key concern is visibility,  particularly in facilities where heavy machinery is commonly used. If a facility is not brightly lit, by diffused, broad spectrum light, employees are at a high risk for injury. When Prince Street Technologies integrated natural lighting into their facility, they found that it decreased their yearly worker’s compensation suits due to injury by a factor of 20.

Return on Investment

Return on investment (or ROI) is the time it takes for the savings a lighting system provides to repay the initial cost of investment. Investing in the right system can have a major effect on your building’s profits. While traditional skylights require as much as 20 years to return on the investment, high quality LEDs and sustainable skylights can have an ROI as low as 2.5 years. Integrating these systems into your industrial lighting design quickly turns the savings your lighting provides into a source of profits.  

Minimized Heat Transfer

A major source of wasted energy for many industrial facilities comes from their HVAC systems. This loss occurs  because these buildings are often poorly insulated to reduce costs, and utilize lighting which allows for high heat transfer. Many industrial lighting products waste the electricity they use by generating waste heat, while poorly integrated skylights allow heat to easily penetrate and escape the building. Make sure when designing your facility to integrate efficient lighting or skylights which are insulated to prevent heat transference.

Biophilic Design Elements

The process of creating your industrial lighting design gives you the chance to consider a wide range of elements, such as how the lighting will affect building occupants. Light quality can have a huge effect on human health and productivity. Our bodies are naturally wired to live beneath sunlight and perform best beneath it. Consider integrating efficient natural light to decrease work-related stress, increasing productivity by 6-16%, and aiding in the prevention of a wide range of ailments.

Efficient Lighting

Because the cost of installing lighting for large industrial facilities is so high, it is important to ensure your lighting is as efficient as possible. Failing to do this can drastically increase energy costs for your business. On the other hand, incorporating high quality LED lighting can significantly reduce lighting costs, while efficient modern skylights can reduce your energy use for lighting by 50-80%.

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