Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Green Initiatives That Will Save Your Warehouse Energy

Any warehouse manager or owner knows that their building consumes a significant amount of energy. But there’s a way to save some serious cash while maintaining workable conditions that your staff requires.  

Warehouse lighting doesn't have to come at an expensive cost.

1. Convert your lighting system over to LED
An inefficient lighting system can be the biggest energy consumers in big spaces such as warehouses due to high ceilings using standard highbay fixtures. Converting to led technology as opposed to common metal halide technologies for high bay fixtures, you will be able to save about 75% of energy and costs associated with these lights. Switching out fluorescent tubes in places such as offices or hallways can save nearly 30% of energy when making the switch to LED fixtures. This switch can be one of the most important energy saving tactics to implement.

2. Install skylights
There’s a way you don’t have to pay for lighting at all, and that’s by utilizing the natural light put forth by the sun. Reduce the amount of time you need any sort of light on in your warehouse by installing some skylights throughout the ceilings of your warehouse.

3. Inspect your commercial HVAC system
First and foremost, ensure that your HVAC system is maintained with regular tune ups and filter cleanings. Next, determine which rooms you need to cool/heat for how long each day – if a room is barely in use, turn off the heating/cooling to that room. Last, have the peace of mind to know that the HVAC is system is at the proper setting with a programmable thermostat.

4. Turn off the conveyor
Turning off your conveyor when not in use will surely save money, just like turning lights off when not in use. This goes for any machine that isn’t being used.

5. Conduct building commissioning
If your building isn’t being maintained on a basic level, then no matter what you do, there will be some sort of wasted energy somewhere. Hire a company to run a full audit.

Although addressing these issues and implementing the change may seem initially overwhelming or expensive it pays for itself once you see energy waste and overhead costs decrease after implementing these changes.

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(Source: My LED Lighting Guide)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Low Bay Lighting Vs. High Bay Lighting

In warehouses, factories and manufacturing facilities, bay lighting is usually the lighting of choice when it comes to spaces with 10 ft. tall ceilings. But the exact height of the ceiling could be the difference between whether high bay lighting or low bay lighting are needed. Read on to learn the differences between the two and what would be the best choice for your space.

LED bay lighting is the most energy-efficient option on the market.

High Bay Lighting
In most instances, high bay lighting is used for ceilings that are 20’ and 40’+ tall. Usually, they will have lens angles for the LED bulbs, which then spreads the light. High bay light fixtures can come in several types of light sources - traditionally, they were found in metal halide or high pressure sodium technologies, most have upgraded to more efficient technologies such as LED lighting.

Low Bay Lighting
Ceilings that are between the heights of 12’ and 20’ will usually use low bay lighting. Lens angles are also used to further spread the lighting. By using these lens angles to direct the lighting in specific places, sometimes less low bay lights are needed.

One of the main differences between the two, besides height requirements, is that the bulb intensity and lumen output will vary. Obviously, the low bay lights will have a very high bulb intensity, as high bay lights have more room for the light to defuse before reaching the ground.

LED bay lighting is the most energy-efficient option on the market. Specifically designed for larger spaces, these improve visibility and worker safety. LED bay fixtures are instant on and don't lose life hours from constant on-off cycles like HID and fluorescent fixtures do. Therefore, they don't need to be replaced as often, which cuts maintenance and replacement costs.

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(Source: My LED Lighting Guide)