July 14, 2019
Industrial facilities can be very different than commercial facilities. Industrial facilities are often dirtier, hotter, operate longer hours and can have classification requirements for safety.
Lighting for industrial facilities often requires greater attention to shadows and light levels to address productivity and safety. Lighting maintenance becomes far more important in order to maintain acceptable lighting levels and reduce down time due to lamp replacements in difficult to reach spaces.
Key considerations when choosing industrial lighting:
In today’s lighting industry LED has quickly become the dominating light source, now with a proven track record. LEDs provide a longevity that is up to 10 times that of standard incandescent lamps, translating to low maintenance. LEDs are solid-state devices, meaning no moving parts, glass or filaments to break. LEDs are small in size and resistant to vibration or shock. They contain no mercury and are environmentally friendly. Further, they are more efficient, using up to 90% less energy than other light sources based on watts.
The advancement of LED technology has led to the tremendous diversity of LED products and the reduction of production costs. The fixture’s rated life is particularly important in industrial facilities due to higher maintenance costs. Perhaps one of the most overlooked benefits of LED fixtures in industrial facilities is maintenance savings. Maintaining fixtures can involve plant shutdown, scaffolding and multiple staff members so it is critical to minimize maintenance requirements. Consider the table below:
|Maintenance Savings: LED vs. Traditional Lamps|
|LED||1000 Watt Metal Halide|
|Rated Life||100,000 hours||20,000 hours|
|Hourly Labour Rate||$60||$60|
|Lifetime Maintenance Cost||$60*||$340*|
|Total Cost of Ownership||$4,660||$11,490|
*Financial Assumptions: 400 watts for LED; $0.10 per kw; 1 hour for bulb replacement; installation cost is not considered
At E.B. Horsman, our lighting specialists have extensive experience with lighting solutions for industrial facilities. We work with many well-known brand name lighting manufacturers with proven track records to offer you the best solution for your facility.