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.