6 Reasons why you should upgrade to LED industrial lighting

A high quality industrial led lighting system will significantly improve operating costs of your company, as well as working conditions, and provide added safety. We highlight in this article some of the reasons why you should consider upgrading your industrial lighting system to LED, if you haven’t already.industrial led lighting

Industrial LED Lights are longer lasting
LED light bulbs tend to last up to 25 times longer than traditional industrial light bulbs. . One of the amazing advantages of installing LEDs is their long operating life. . Unlike other industrial lighting technologies, LEDs don’t burn-out, but they gradually fade over time. Some industrial LED light fixtures have very long operating life, with a lifespan of more than 80,000 hours.
Improved energy efficiency with industrial LED Light fixtures
LED lights usually cost more to install initially. However, those costs can be reduced due to their longer lifespan, and overall electricity usage. It is generally agreed that LED bulbs tend to use around 75 percent less energy than other types of bulbs.

Higher light quality thanks to led light fixtures

Improvements in lighting technology for led bulbs have increased lighting efficiency, as well as color quality. Improved lighting quality can affect worker performance and accuracy in a variety of activities. A new lighting installation can have a marked improvement on employee output in industrial installations.

LED lights produce less heat

Halogen and incandescent bulbs produce a lot of heat. If there are combustible materials near the industrial light fixtures, then this added heat can be dangerous and increase the fire risk in your industrial facility. This also results higher energy spending since more air conditioned is needed.

Improved safety

By installing led light fixtures in industrial environments, we can improve safety in industrial areas, such as warehouses and manufacturing facilities. A new LED installation also offer higher brightness that reduce the number of LEDs required for a fixture while improving worker safety. Brighter lighting on the shop floor can lead to fewer safety problems, while improving worker output.

Maintenance of the industrial lighting installation
Regular maintenance used to be vital to ensure that industrial facilities received the desired quantity and quality of light, with traditional lighting systems. Periodic maintenance used to produce a range of benefits, including a brighter workplace, a higher level of security in the industrial facility, and enhanced productivity. Airfal industrial LED fixtures are nearly maintenance-free, which results in less time and less expenses spent in replacing light bulbs. Operational downtime is also avoided, since LED bulbs have a longer time span .

LED lights for industrial facilities are more sustainable
Green lighting is a key trend, also in lighting environments. If your company is looking to “go green”, then installing LED light fixtures into your factory on warehouse can be very effective. Becoming more sustainable can help to improve your company image, as well as reduce operating costs. LED light fixtures are more sustainable as they use less energy, and they require less overall maintenance.

Airfal adapts its TR2 for high temperatures and doubles its power

The lighting manufacturing company from Aragon in Spain has made some improvements to its TR2 waterproof model, in terms of both increasing its power as well as being able to withstand temperatures of up to 80 °C. Customer demand for the product, as well as Airfal’s ability to create and customise its lighting, have made the new version of the TR2 a possibility, and it is perfect for industrial extractor hoods.
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Airfal receives Seal of Business Excellence

The Aragones company Airfal International SL has been awarded the Seal of Excellence Aragon Empresa at the Ceremony of Excellence 2015, which took place on Thursday, November 5 at the Palacio de Congresos of Zaragoza.
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Airfal International: growth and new production capacity

The Aragonese company, which celebrates its 30 th anniversary, plans to increase its turnover by 11% this year, thanks to the increase of its production capacity. Today Airfal fully manufactures some of its lighting fixtures, focusing on producing its luminaires locally.

Thanks to a  strong growth, the manufacturer of luminaires Airfal plans to hire new employees to meet the exponential increase of  its turnover.

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Airfal International launches the new 2015 catalog

Due to celebration of the 30th anniversary , Airfal has launched the 2015 catalog of luminaries.

The steady growth of sales in the Spanish and international markets has been propelled by the launch of new watertight luminaries, as well as new ATEX light fixtures, and a range of LED luminaries to remain at the cutting edge of technical and functional innovation. Read more

Blue LED lighting  to kill food-borne pathogens without chemical treatment

A new study show that  blue LED light could be used to kill common food-borne pathogens without the need for chemical treatment.  The team’s findings can potentially be applied  to preserve fresh-cut fruits, or ready-to-eat seafood such as sushi, as well as chilled meat products.

As published in Asian Scientist , a team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has found that blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) have strong antibacterial effect on major foodborne pathogens, particularly in cold temperatures (between 4°C and 15°C) and mildly acidic conditions of around pH 4.5.  Their findings, published in Food Microbiology,  open up novel possibilities of using blue LEDs as a chemical-free food preservation method. Acidic foods such as fresh-cut fruits and ready-to-eat meat can be preserved under blue LEDs in combination with chilling temperatures without requiring further chemical treatments that are commonly needed for food preservation. Read more

Airfal donates part of its profits to Atades Huesca

Airfal continues to donate 2% of its profits to the entity Atades Huesca. Atades Huesca is a non-profit organization declared of public utility.

Its main objective is to promote, encourage and support all kinds of actions aimed at improving the quality of life of persons with intellectual disabilities and their families in the province of Huesca in different areas Read more

Benefits of improving your industrial lighting installation: an infographic

This infographic sheds light on industrial lighting trends and what has driven innovation in the field. Lighting an industrial warehouse can raise many issues. Because of a wide range of operations, it is vital to take into account many aspects that can impact the level of light reaching a surface, as well as its quality.

The infographics also features some basic concepts related to the world of industrial lighting.
– Lumens: a measure of the total amount of visible light emitted by a lamp
– Lamp life: it is the “life expectancy” of a lamp.
– The color rendering index, a measure of the light source that reveals the true color of objects in a room
The infographic also presents several types of light bulbs, such as incandescent bulbs, HID lamps (high intensity discharge lamps), fluorescent lamps, and LEDs.
According to the infographic there are several drivers of innovation in industrial lighting:
– Cost
– Efficiency
– Safety
Benefits of improving your industrial lighting installation

The original infographic can be found on this page:
http://knowhow.eriks.co.uk/infographic-100-years-of-industrial-lighting-trends

Why you need to rethink the lighting of your factory or warehouse

led lighting energy savingenergy saving lightingSome simple steps will make the lighting of a factory or warehouse energy efficient, which can lead to greater profits

Most often inefficient use of lighting in factories and warehouses causes wastage and losses. This wastage can be measured and reduced by taking adequate steps, starting with the audit of the electrical installation. With an energy audit, we can identify the possible areas of wastage like inefficient and excess use of lights. By taking appropriate measures, energy can be used more efficiently to light up a factory or a warehouse.

Every factoryor warehouse has savings to uncover that can be as simple as changing a light fixture, or using Led light bulbs. The return of investment of LED lighting can be easily calculated, and the payback is usually significant. The counter argument has always been that it is a big expense to install LED lighting, but if you are replacing a traditional light fixture with a LED version, the numbers speak by themselves.

It is worth committing to an energy efficiency change in a factory or warehouse. Changing to new light fixtures will have the following positive impacts:

Upgrading lighting is one of the easiest way to lower energy costs. When replacing a light bulb, burning fewer watts per unit of light generated, and producing less heat in hotter months of the year, can result in savings of up to 75-80%.

The challenge can be the upfront investment, but the average LED bulb will last 10 to 25 times longer than a traditional light. With up to 80000 hour lifespan, there is no need to hire expensive access equipment to change lamps and bulbs located in áreas that are of difficult Access in the Factory or in the warehouse.

New light fixtures provide more powerful ways to control your light spending. Wireless technology has made the ability to control lighting easier than ever. LED light fixtures can be connected to a network that controls the lighting in your plant or warehouse via a software, from a computer, a smartphone or a controller itself. Wireless technology helps to control every aspect of lighting in the plant or warehouse, from hue to intensity, resulting in a more productive work environment.

With 100% instant light, you can eliminate the “start up” or “cool down” times of old factory lights

Electronic ballasts are useful too. Electronic ballasts are twice as expensive as conventional magnetic ballast but the energy consumption is about 25%. Conventional magnetic ballast takes about 8 to 10 watts whereas electronic ballast takes about 2 watt per 40 W tube. The payback period of an electronic ballast is about 2 years. Although the initial cost is higher, the lifetime savings are significant.

Industries where lumen requirement is very high should use Energy Efficient Lights fixtures. By improving light quality in your factory warehouse, you can make it much easier to carry out tasks, which affect positively your financial results.

Energy saving lighting for manufacturing or assembly plants, and warehouses will definitely give you a competitive edge.

Airfal will presents its new light fixtures at the LedsEE show

To meet a constantly changing demand, while remaining at the heart of technological innovation, Airfal has launched new waterproof models that incorporate LED technology During the 2nd edition of the show LedsEE, Airfal will present these new light fixtures.

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Recommended lighting  levels for offices

Light Level or Illuminance, is the total luminous flux reaching  on a surface, per unit area.  Lighting systems in offices  are usually  designed based on the light levels or illuminance required by the tasks performed within each working area .

Office spaces are often over-lit as a result of using outdated lighting fixtures. These older lighting systems were  designed to accommodate paper-based reading tasks , that usually needs  light levels of 500 to 750 lux. Today’s work at the office  primarily involve computer based tasks, and the lighting levels can range from 300 to 500 lux.

We should bear in mind that having the  right lighting requirements onto a task area such as a desk is only one of the elements that has to be considered in the overall lighting project. Indeed,  the whole working environment should be taken into  consideration: the impact of lighting  onto the walls,  and across the space has also to  be considered, so as to create a pleasing and productive working atmosphere. It is recommended to avoid  any sharp  change in light levels within an office space as this will cause the eyes to have to continually adjust, resulting in eye  fatigue, and affecting negatively the productivity of workers.

What is the recommended lighting level for offices?

The below  table represent light level recommendations for office areas.

Areas and activitiesIntensityRecommended Lux 
Accounting officeHigh500 – 750
Office in generalMedium250 – 500
Waiting roomLow150 – 400
Reception deskLow – Medium300
Computer work stationLow – Medium300 – 500
Meeting roomMedium500
Technical drawingHigh750

 

Airfal International at the 2015 SLO Electricity Trade Fair in Lithuania

Airfal will be present, in the 10 th edition of SLO Electricity, the fair dedicated to the electrical industry, which will take place in Vilnius (Lithuania) on march 20th, 2015.
In SLO Electricity , more than 50 manufacturers, the world‘s market leaders, will introduce their products, and present the latest trends and technologies. Read more

Airfal: 30 years of proven success in the lighting industry

After all these years trying to do our best and to improve every day, today Airfal is  an experienced company, but still with a young spirit.  The key to our business success is to have the right people willing to learn and improve our products

It has been many years since Fernando Ariza founded the family business. He began his foray into the world of lighting on  March 14th , 1985 with a single model: MODEL 1; this decorative aluminum light fixture  is still in our catalog together with hundreds of references. Our  portfolio of products has expanded and developed to meet our customers requirements. Read more

Airfal International at the ELA 2015 in Mexico DF

At booth number 938 in the Expo Lighting America in Mexico DF Airfal will present their products next February 25th, 26th and 27th.

This presence is due to sales growth of the company in LATAM markets where technology and high technical specifications are in high demand and where quality is increasingly requires in lighting projects.

More info: http://www.e-la.mx/Inicio/

High temperature lighting – infographics

Manufacturing facilities will differ in their lighting requirements. The recommended light levels vary significantly depending on the activity. Other factors, such as energy effciency, or cost of maintenance have also to be taken into account.

The ambient temperature does have significant impact on the choice of the light fixture. In many industries, heat is a challenge as it can affect the quality of light, but also damages the electronic components of the light fittings.

This infographic explains why high temperature areas need specific light fixtures, and aims to guide you in the choice of high temperature light fixtures.
high temperature lighting infographics

Atex lighting for fluorescent lights

vitraIndustrial lighting must sometimes provide illumination in areas where usual lighting is inadequate due to the risk of accidental ignitions of flammable or explosive of materials. Airfal range of products include fluorescent light fixtures, that are suitable for Zone 1 and Zone 2 lighting installations with ATEX certification.

A high risk or hazardous area is where a mixture of air and potentially explosive substances such as gases, vapours, mists or dusts, could spread. Typical examples of hazardous environments are refineries, drilling platforms, chemical and power-generation facilities, mines… In these locations, it is required to ensure safety against occurrence of sparks and excessive temperature or arcs with adequate light fixtures. Currently, lighting for such areas requires complying with standards classified as Zone 1 and Zone 2.
Zone-1 contains a hazardous gas/air mixture under normal operating conditions. Zone-2 is hazardous only in abnormal operating conditions, and if so, it will only exist for a short time.

Our Explosion Protected Lighting For Hazardous Locations include fluorescent light fixtures that have been developed for use in hazardous areas and harsh environments and are certified. These fluorescent light fittings are manufactured with the highest quality materials and finishes.

Lighting for the industrial sector

Well balanced levels of illumination are essential in establishing safe and productive working conditions. Companies should take into account lighting in the industrial work place very seriously. Optimizing industrial lighting requires consideration of work tasks, environmental conditions and economic considerations. The benefits of adequate lighting include greater productivity and accuracy, improved safety and security, and improved moral for workers.

Several factors will have to be carefully analyzed such as the task, the working environment, the quantity and the quality of lighting. Well balanced illumination is essential for the establishment of a safe and productive work environment; optimizing illumination in the industrial workplace requires a number of considerations including level of lighting, type of equipment, environmental aspects, financial requirements, optic, lamp, temperature, goals, or type of work….

Lighting in the Industrial sector can be quite complexe. Due to a wide range of operations and tasks, many aspects have to take into consideration as they will impact the amount of light reaching a work surface as well as its quality.

 Required level of lighting in the industry

The required quantity of light (illuminance) depends mostly on the visible task the worker, or the type of the industrial task performed.

Here are some examples of industrial recommended lighting levels:

General EngineeringRough work

160 lux

General EngineeringMedium work

400 lux

General EngineeringFine work

800 lux

General EngineeringVery fine work

1600 lux

Outdoor AreasMechanical loading

10 lux

Outdoor AreasManual loading

50 lux

WarehousingInactive storage

20 lux

WarehousingLoading bays

100 lux

WarehousingSmall storage, packing

200 lux

Quality of lighting in the industrial sector

Factors influencing the quality of industrial lighting have a significant impact. These factors include flicker and glare, degree of contrast or shadows. There should be good contrast between objects of interest and background. Greater lighting in areas next to but outside the immediate work environment can make visibility difficult.

 Industrial lighting requirements

Industrial Lighting Standards address the importance of evaluation of energy consumption, and other key features aimed at improving overall performance in the workplace.