Advancing Safety Through Lighting an Industrial LED Lighting Guide

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Understanding Industrial LED Lighting

Industrial LED Lighting has emerged as a go-to solution for addressing the complex lighting requirements of industrial facilities. LED lighting fixtures offer numerous advantages over traditional lighting sources, making them a preferred choice for modern industrial settings. But what exactly sets LED lighting apart, and how can you make the most of it in your facility?


Key Considerations for Industrial Lighting Design

Choosing the right lighting for your industrial facility involves considering various factors, including safety, efficiency, and compliance with regulations. Industrial lighting should:


Promote Safety: Effective lighting is paramount for preventing workplace accidents and creating a safe working environment.

Enhance Productivity: Proper illumination boosts efficiency and productivity by providing optimal working conditions.

Adapt to Diverse Settings: Lighting solutions should cater to the specific needs of different areas within the facility, from production floors to office spaces.

Ensure Compliance: Lighting fixtures must adhere to safety codes and standards while withstanding harsh environmental conditions.

In our blog, An Introduction to Hazardous Location Lighting, we cover everything you need to know from what locations are considered hazardous, who need this type of lighting, to the different types of hazardous location lighting. Read the full blog here.

Promoting Safety Through Lighting

In industrial environments, where workers face various hazards, lighting plays a crucial role in mitigating risks. Here are some strategies for leveraging lighting to enhance safety:


Even Illumination: Ensure uniform light distribution across the facility to minimize glare and shadowy areas.

Customized Lighting: Tailor lighting solutions to different work settings, adjusting brightness levels based on tasks and environmental conditions.

LED Versatility: LED lighting fixtures offer versatility in terms of mounting options and beam angles, allowing for precise lighting configurations.

Long-Term Benefits: While LED lighting may involve initial investment costs, its energy efficiency and durability translate to long-term savings and reduced maintenance needs.


The Benefits of LED Lighting

LED lighting stands out for its energy efficiency, longevity, and versatility. Here’s why it’s the preferred choice for industrial applications:


Energy Savings: LED lights can reduce energy consumption by as much as 75% compared to traditional bulbs, leading to substantial savings on utility expenses.

Long Lifespan: LEDs have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours, leading to less frequent replacement, reducing maintenance costs and downtime.

Durability: LED lights are built to withstand harsh conditions, including temperature fluctuations, humidity, and corrosive environments.

Industrial Lighting Tips and Recommendations


Interior Bay Lighting: High vs. Low Ceiling Heights

High Bay Lighting: Ideal for facilities with ceilings 30 feet or higher, high bay lights provide powerful illumination from elevated positions.

Low Bay Lighting: Designed for spaces with ceilings between 10 and 20 feet, low bay lights offer ample brightness without excessive glare.



Lumens Requirements for Different Applications

Determining the appropriate lumen levels for various tasks is crucial for optimizing visibility and safety. Here are some standard recommendations:


Paint Booths

Professional paint spray booths require precise lighting for accurate color matching and finish quality:

Paint Processing (Dipping, Spraying, Hand Painting): 20-30 foot-candles.

Fine Hand Painting, Finishing: 100-150 foot-candles.

Paint Mixing: 100-200 foot-candles.

Extra-Fine Hand Painting, Finishing: 200 foot-candles.


Loading Docks and Welding Shops

Adequate lighting is essential for identifying hazards and ensuring safe operations in high-traffic areas:


Loading Docks: Most require 10 foot-candles of lighting, while areas with smaller items and labels can require up to 30 foot-candles.

Welding Areas: Worker orientation (20-30 foot-candles); General welding (30 foot-candles); Precision arc welding (500-750 foot-candles).


Manufacturing Plants

Lighting requirements vary based on specific operations, with tasks like leather production or woodworking demanding different illumination levels:


Leather Production: Cleaning, cutting, stuffing, and stretching (20-30 foot-candles); Finishing (50-75 foot-candles).

Explosives Production: Running generators, boiling tanks, and extractors (20-30 foot-candles).

Paper Production: Beating and grinding (20-30 foot-candles); Finishing (50-75 foot-candles); Inspections (100-150 foot-candles).

Electrical Equipment Production: Insulating and electromagnetic coil winding (50-75 foot-candles).

Hat Production: Dyeing, cleaning, refining (50-75 foot-candles); Forming, finishing, ironing (100-150 foot-candles); Sewing (200-300 foot-candles).

Glove Production: Knitting, sorting (100-200 foot-candles); Pressing, sewing (200-300 foot-candles).

Jewelry and Watch Production: 200-300 foot-candles.

Interested in learning more about High Bay or Low Bay lighting? We have an entire page dedicated to high bay lighting in our Lighting and LED Product Education Center. We cover benefits, concerns, efficiencies and so much more. To read, What is High Bay and Low Bay Lighting, click here.

Assembly Line Work

Tailor lighting levels to match the complexity of assembly tasks, providing optimal visibility for workers:


Simple Tasks: 20-30 foot-candles.

Moderate Tasks: 50-75 foot-candles.

Difficult Tasks: 100-150 foot-candles.

Very Difficult Tasks: 200-300 foot-candles.

Extraction: 500-750 foot-candles.


Industrial Lighting with Action Services Group

Industrial LED lighting represents a significant advancement in safety, efficiency, and productivity for industrial facilities. By understanding the unique lighting needs of different environments and leveraging the benefits of LED technology, businesses can create safer, more productive workspaces while minimizing energy consumption and maintenance costs. With the right lighting solutions in place, industrial facilities can illuminate the path to a brighter, safer future.

Action Services Group has expert lighting technicians to ensure your industrial facility meets safety and workplace standards. To learn more, call 610-558-9773, email [email protected] or schedule a call to learn more.


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