Intelligent Lighting Controls For Warehouse Invironments
- Apr 30, 2019-
Modern warehouse pose unique challenges for lighting system designers and engineers. They are often much larger than their forebears, often covering more than one hundred thousand square feet. 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.
Intelligent Lighting Controls for Warehouse Environments
Intelligent warehouse lighting control systems generally include four elements that account for their popularity in modern warehouses:
First, they include intelligent distributed control systems that determine where and when light will be provided in a warehouse. Distributing light and directing power only to those fixtures that are required to be lit will lead to substantial cost savings in every warehouse operation.
Second, they will include a broad range of LED fixtures to provide the best CCT lighting throughout a warehouse.
Third, they include sensors that react to environmental conditions and activity in different areas of a warehouse. These sensors will also be connected to software monitoring systems that give a warehouse operator a regular picture of how light is being used and distributed through a warehouse.
Fourth, they network LED lights in a manner that allows fixtures to communicate and respond to different lighting demands with a maximum of efficiency across an array of those fixtures.