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Industrial lighting systems

  1. 1. Industrial Lighting Systems <ul><li>An industrial lighting system is, by definition, an interdependent, interrelated group of lighting fixtures and controls that work together to perform a cohesive function. </li></ul><ul><li>Every commercial entity, regardless of whether or not it is technically classified as “industrial”, should have an industrial lighting system.  Retailer establishments, business parks, warehouses, and factories all require both interior and exterior lighting products.  Corporate headquarters in particular need the very best equipment in order to properly represent and showcase their corporate culture. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>A typical industrial lighting system is comprised of many different lighting fixtures and accessories.  </li></ul><ul><li>In factories and warehouses, we find high bay lights that are used to create general overhead lighting.  </li></ul><ul><li>Every building also has exit lighting to indicate the locations of doorways.  Businesses that specialize in assembly work need task lighting that creates higher visibility and less glare.  Emergency lights are also needed near building exits in the event of a power outage.  </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>In office work environments, call centers, and break rooms, we commonly find HID lights and fluorescent lights.  Indoor lighting equipment can only be used within the four walls of a building.  This is because these products are made specifically for humidity free environments.  Humid atmospheres or direct contact with rain water will quickly short circuit them.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>On the other hand, outdoor light fixtures are made to be far more durable.  They are wet location rated, which means, in simple laymen’s terms, that they are engineered to withstand high humidity, rainfall, and even occasional thunderstorms. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Such diversity in fixture design options can overwhelm even a trained electrician who understands the wiring and installation of equipment, but may not be all that familiar with optics and lumens output requirements.  This is why it is so important for a business get a lighting design specialist to plan and configure its industrial lighting system.  This expert will know exactly what type of equipment is needed, and where it needs to be mounted. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The design of industrial lighting systems is accomplished through a series of specific steps.  The first step is to figure out what type of task will be performed in a given area and how much light that particular task will require.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The nature of the task is very important.  Office work, for example, requires general lighting.  Hallways require some light, but only enough for safety—not high visibility.  Assembly work and machine work require the brightest light for maximum visibility, safety, and productivity.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Determination of lighting levels is based upon both general and specific factors.  General factors are derived from general design guidelines that fall within IES codes.  Specific parameters are customized to the environment and task at hand.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Each client is asked to send a plan view and an elevation view of the facility in AutoCAD format so the lighting designer can feed this information into the software platform that in turn generates a photometric layout and 3D rendering of the  new system. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The process of selecting the right types and combinations of fixtures and accessories is based on several factors that are based upon relationships between light itself and specific tasks and environments.  </li></ul><ul><li>The size of the building and the type of industry are factors that weigh heavily on the number and intensity of fixtures.  Furthermore, different areas within and around the building will need different levels of light that also have to be factored into the equation.  Ceiling height is also a factor in lighting design.  </li></ul>