The Bright Choice: Switching to LED Lighting for Warehouse Spaces

Large UK Warehouse fitted with high efficiency highbay luminaires from CEMA Lighting

In today's fast-paced business environment, optimising warehouse operations is crucial for businesses seeking to gain a competitive edge. While factors like automation and efficient logistics play significant roles, one often overlooked aspect is the lighting system. A well-designed lighting setup can greatly enhance safety, productivity, and overall efficiency. When it comes to lighting solutions, LED technology is a game-changer. In this blog post, we will explore the numerous benefits of switching to LED lighting for warehouse spaces.

Here are some of the benefits of switching to LED lighting for warehouse spaces:

Energy savings

One of the most significant advantages of LED lighting is its exceptional energy efficiency. Traditional lighting solutions, such as fluorescent or high-pressure sodium lamps, consume significantly more energy compared to LEDs. In a warehouse setting where lighting is required for extended periods, the energy savings can be substantial. LED lights use up to 75% less energy than traditional lighting options. This can lead to significant savings on your energy bills.

Better for the planet

In an era where sustainability is a top priority for most businesses, switching to an LED lighting solution can dramatically reduce carbon footprint as well as reduce any extra cooling measures needed by emitting less heat. LED lighting does not contain toxic mercury unlike its soon to be phased out fluorescent counterpart, this makes them a healthier choice for our planet too!

Longer lifespan and more durable

Warehouse environments are known for their demanding conditions, including high ceilings, extreme temperatures, and potential vibrations. LED lights are built to withstand such harsh conditions and boast exceptional longevity. LED bulbs have an average lifespan of 50,000 to 100,000 hours, which is significantly longer than traditional lighting options. This means you'll spend less money on replacements and maintenance costs are greatly reduced, the inconvenience of frequently replacing bulbs is virtually eliminated, leading to increased operational efficiency.

Better light quality and improved health and safety

A well-lit warehouse is crucial for the safety and productivity of employees. LED lighting provides superior visibility due to its high-quality light output and colour rendering capabilities. The bright and uniform illumination significantly reduces the risk of accidents. Additionally, LEDs do not flicker or produce a humming sound, reducing eye strain and creating a more comfortable working environment for warehouse staff.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) provides lighting recommendations for a variety of indoor environments, including warehouses. The following are the CIBSE recommended lighting levels for warehouse environments:

Loading Bays 150 LUX     Trade Counter 500 LUX
Unpacking & Sorting 200 LUX     Warehouse/Bulk Stores 100 LUX
Large Item Stores 100 LUX     Packing & Dispatch 300 LUX
Small Item Stores 200 LUX     Coldstores 300 LUX

It is important to note that these are just recommendations, and the actual lighting requirements for a warehouse will vary depending on the specific activities that take place in the space.

No warming up and dimmability options

LED lighting offers instantaneous light, unlike some traditional lighting options that require warm-up time. This means that when entering a warehouse space, there is no delay in achieving full brightness. Additionally, LEDs are compatible with dimming controls, allowing warehouse managers to adjust lighting levels according to specific tasks or daylight conditions. This flexibility not only helps optimise usage but also enhances employee wellbeing and productivity.

If you're looking for a more efficient and cost-effective way to light your warehouse, LED lighting is the best option. With its many benefits, LED lighting can help you save money, improve productivity, and create a more comfortable working environment.

How to Choose the Right LED Lights for Your Warehouse

When choosing LED lights for your warehouse, there are a few things you'll need to consider:

The size of your warehouse: The size of your warehouse will determine how many LED lights you need. You'll also need to consider the height of your ceilings.

The type of lighting you need: There are different types of LED lights available, including high bay lights, low bay lights, and task lights. You'll need to choose the type of light that best suits your needs.

The quality of the lights: Not all LED lights are created equal and we at CEMA Lighting pride ourselves on providing some of the highest quality and most efficient LED lighting on the market, so much so we offer an outstanding warranty that includes our 5-year ‘Fit & Forget’ plus 3-year part replacement warranty on all CEMA installations.

Our Expert Lighting Consultants Can Help You Make the Switch to LED

At CEMA Lighting we make upgrading your warehouse lighting to LED super easy. Our knowledgeable lighting consultants offer a free onsite consultation where an inventory of current lighting is taken, and a full cost of ownership is produced illustrating the financial savings and carbon reductions you can achieve by making the switch. We also have our very own expert in-house installation teams improving lighting in warehouses across the length and breadth of the UK. View our case studies to find out more.

Return on Investment

With the current cost of energy for businesses, switching to an LED lighting solution is an even more attractive offer with many businesses seeing a much shorter return on investment.

The Benefits of Switching to LED Lighting

As you can see, there are many benefits to switching to LED lighting for your warehouse. LED lights are more efficient, last longer, produce a better light quality, and are more durable than traditional lighting options. If you're looking for a way to save money, improve productivity, and create a more comfortable working environment in your warehouse, switching to LED lighting is the best option.

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