LED Energy Saving Industrial Lighting Systems


LED lighting has brought a big change in industrial lighting systems. There are many benefits for those who make the change to using the right products.

They are suited to warehouses, production facilities, cold storage and offices, and can give an improvement in the working environment, as well as saving energy and reducing your carbon footprint.

The energy savings can be as much as 80%, depending on the lights you are replacing, and the life of LEDs is much longer which reduces the maintenance costs. Maintenance costs and production downtime can be substantial if the lights are at a high level, or above production facilities.

Organisations have carbon reduction targets to hit, and LED lighting is usually an ‘easy win’ in achieving this.

Energy saving LED lighting emits less heat and optics can direct light more specifically than traditional light sources, increasing efficiency.

If you are changing to LED lighting, then with a little care to get it right, you can also improve the working environment, which can improve productivity and quality too.

Finance directors will want to know how much the project will cost, and how much the project will save. Some of this information is simple maths. Other parts of the business case aren’t so clear.

Calculating the energy savings, and therefore cost savings, is simple. We can help you if you need it, and can include a formulae for including predicted energy price rises.

Just a quick note on this point. The more hours per week your lights are on, the better the business case is to change to LED lighting. If the lights are on 24hrs a day, then it is probably a ‘no brainer’ decision to change. If they are on 40hrs per week then it will depend on the lights you have and the other savings (below).

Maintenance savings will include:

Less hiring or use of equipment to reach high lights.

Less production down time, or maintenance overtime, while lights are changed.

No more purchase of lamps. No more procurement resource to buy the lamps.

The finance and maintenance teams could probably put a figure on these savings.

Other, less tangible benefits include:

Less cooling/air-con required as the lighting runs significantly cooler than tradition lights.

Increased in productivity and quality due to: a) Reduction in the time taken to replace failed lights. b) Improved lighting designed in when changing to LED lighting.

PR opportunities promoting your ‘greener’ business and the benefit this can have when retaining and winning customers.

Linking control systems to your lights can help make further energy savings. We have other documents discussing these systems, but here are a few words relevant to industrial lighting systems:

The best and cheapest energy savings are those you make by turning off something which isn’t required. This can be done with a time clock or motion detection. This way, you are only paying for lighting when and where it is needed.

Working in a large dark space, with just a little light around you isn’t the nicest of environments, so you can consider dimming instead of switching off completely.

Other intelligence can be built in to industrial lighting systems to maximise energy savings, including predicting where employees are going and lighting appropriate pathways,

One final word of warning before you race off and buy the first lights you find on the internet. Imagine making the change to LED lighting, including all the disruption and installation costs, only to find that you have made the lighting levels worse. This has been the unfortunate of may businesses.

Our advice is to use an experience lighting design expert to plan your project. Not someone who is trying to sell you their products, regardless of the application.

We have several other documents warning of the pitfalls of some LED lighting suppliers. Please take a few minutes to read them. It will be time well spent.

If you would like us to help you with your LED energy saving industrial lighting system, we would be delighted.