Intelligent Lighting Controls For Warehouse Environments

- Jul 09, 2019-

Warehouse employees are monitored with logistics and tracking systems, which can require them to perform tasks with few or no errors over the course of an eight- to ten-hour shift. Those employees also share warehouse floors with forklifts and other machinery, exposing them to potential safety hazards when their attention spans lag throughout a long shift. Finally, warehouse operators are under increasing pressure to reduce overhead and other costs associated with their warehouses. In all cases, intelligent lighting controls and LED lighting systems can provide the best responses to these challenges.

High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps have been the traditional choice for warehouse lighting for many years. HID lighting fixtures, however, are not amenable to dimming or other easy controls, and require time to come to full intensity after first being charged. By contract, LED fixtures come to full intensity almost immediately. Most modern LED fixtures are dimmable within a 0 to 10 volt range, and can be controlled with motion sensing technology that brings them to full illumination when an employee is near them while dimming when employees are away. LED lighting systems require less electricity to generate the same illumination as HID lights, which makes LED’s a more economical choice for a warehouse that seeks to reduce operating and overhead costs. In combination with an intelligent dimming system, LED lights can save a warehouse even greater amounts of money.

LED lighting systems also allow for better correlated color temperatures (CCT’s) that improves visibility in active warehouse settings. Employees have the best visual acuity when they work in natural light settings. Warehouses are not able to rely on natural light, particularly if they have twenty-four hour operations, but LED’s can be controlled and modified throughout each twenty-four hour period to best replicate natural light conditions. With optimum CCT adjustments, warehouse employees will see labels and other packaging identifiers, will make fewer mistakes, and will perform in a safer environment.