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Lighting Choices for Better Power Consumption

Lighting Choices for Better Power Consumption

As humankind’s impact on the planet becomes more evident by the day, many people are looking for effective solutions to cut back on power costs while doing their part to live a little more greenly. Lighting, has become such an important part of our daily lives, that often, there is very little room to compromise in this regard. Though there is a responsibility for all of us to keep energy consumption in our homes and businesses to a minimum, which makes sourcing energy efficient lighting systems a priority for anyone who wants to lower their electricity bills, while lending a helping hand to our burning planet. So which light sources are able to provide this type of efficiency, while still being able to be used practically? Fortunately, there are a number of solutions that you can choose from.

Incandescent light bulbs

By passing an electrical current through a filament, incandescent lights provide one of the cheapest and most readily available lighting solutions around. Though where they make up in convenience, they do sacrifice on efficiency. Not only do these lights have a much shorter lifespan than others on the list, they also consume quite a bit more power. So, while they are often the most affordable and accessible option, they are generally not the most responsible.

Halogen Lamps

Halogen bulbs provide a compromise between inefficient incandescent bulbs, and the far more cost-effective fluorescents or LEDS available for purchase, but come at a much more affordable cost than the latter. They work off of a similar design to incandescent bulbs, tough are better suited to providing focused light, making them more suited to very specific applications.

Fluorescent lights

Fluorescent lights provide a middle ground in terms of initial and running costs, efficiency and effectiveness, which makes them an incredibly popular choice for industrial applications that require large scales of reliable lighting. CFL’s are a type of fluorescent that offer even more of a lifespan and energy efficiency, while standard tube-bulbs are the most commonly used.

LED lights

LEDs take the price for the highest stats. They are the most expensive to invest in, but are also the most energy efficient lighting solutions on the market. In addition to this, they also enjoy the longest lifespan than any other lighting solution, which often makes the hefty investment well worth the savings they will bring you in the long run.

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If you would like more information on how you can source the ideal lighting solution for your place of work, factory or home, contact a consultant from Nordland Lighting to find out more about our products and services. Or feel free to visit our website for further details.
 

Setting up Lighting in a Retail Store

Select the right type of lighting

Out of all of the décor choices that you can make when setting up your retail store, your lighting is one of the most important to consider. Retail store lighting not only has a functional property in terms of illuminating your store, but it also adds to quite a bit of its aesthetic quality. The type of lights you select, how harshly or softly they illuminate the area, how much they cost to invest in and how much they cost to run, are but a few of the considerations that will affect how you approach lighting your retail outlet. So before jumping in and illuminating your store with the first solution at hand, it is far better to plan effectively, so that you can get the most out of your lighting options that you can. So, to help you make the right choices, here are a few things you should consider first:

Select the right type of lighting

When it comes to retail stores, there are a few types of lighting to choose from. Your choice here will affect the aesthetics, function and cost of the lighting solution:

The main source of lighting would be ambient lighting, and functions simply to illuminate the gloom in your store, so that people can see properly when in it. Tasked lighting on the other hand is focused to create better light in important areas such as the entrance, dressing rooms or the checkout area. Accent lighting can be used to attract attention to displays, while decorative lighting simply adds more aesthetic appeal to your outlet.

The bulbs you could choose from

The bulbs you choose to use will affect your energy costs, the cost of replacements, and how functional your lighting systems are. In this regard, you will have the choice between incandescent bulbs, halogen lamps, fluorescent lights or LED ones; to name a few.

Think about energy and replacement costs

An important consideration for long-term and sustainable budgeting, it to consider what the cost of running your lights consistently will be. Many outlets leave the lights on all night, which means that an incorrect choice could end up being an expensive one. Another important factor to consider is the cost of replacing bulbs and fittings. You may find that those that are expensive to replace come at lower overall energy costs and vice versa.

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For more information on sourcing lighting systems for your business that provide turnkey solutions to illumination, contact Nordland Lighting today, or visit our website for further details.
 

The Appropriate lighting for Hazardous Zones

The Appropriate lighting for Hazardous Zones

If you operate a potentially hazardous working environment, then it is up to you to ensure that workplace accidents are kept to an absolute minimum. Statistics on workplace accidents in South Africa suggest that while only 10% of all accidents are the result of unsafe working conditions, 88% of all incidents are the result of an employee’s actions, or lack thereof. This could be due to negligence or ill instruction, or it could be that hazardous zones were not clearly marked so that they could be easily avoided or navigated when need be.

A big part of ensuring workplace safety is to ensure that dangerous areas are clearly marked, and one of the most effective ways to do this is with lighting. However, when combustible materials are present in the area, the light fitting itself could pose a potential risk of ignition. For this reason, lighting plans should consider their environment carefully when having lighting installed.

More about Hazardous areas

As far as lighting is concerned, a hazardous zone is one in which a flammable substance is produced, handled or stored. In such areas, careful measures need to be taken to ensure that these substances are not accidently ignited. They can be divided up as follows:

                Zones 1 and 2

Zone 1 hazardous areas are those with the presence of high risk gases and vapours that create a potentially explosive environment. There is always a risk of a flammable mixture contaminating the atmosphere of the area, in which case a spark or heat source from any nearby lighting could act as a catalyst to disaster.

Zone 2 areas are those with areas with medium to low risk vapours and gasses present in a form where they are unlikely to (but still could) combust, such as in store rooms.

                Zones 21 and 22

Zone 21 materials are those that take the form of powder or dust, and present a relatively high risk of creating an explosive or flammable atmosphere even during normal operations. Processing areas where these materials are likely to be present, are extremely high-risk areas, and so require protected lighting that is safe to use without posing a risk of ignition.

Zone 22 materials are those that would not normally be in the position of creating an explosive environment, but could still do it under the right conditions.

Requirements for lighting in these areas

Protected light fittings that are suitable for high risk areas (particularly zones 1 and 21), should always be flame and explosion proof. That is to say that they should be sealed so as not to mix with gasses or fibres in the air. They should also be gas, dust or water resistant depending on their intended use, and they should be regularly inspected and maintained.

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For more information about the aspects of hazardous lighting, feel free to browse the Nordland Lighting website, or contact us directly for more information on our various industrial and hazard lighting solutions.

Benefits of LED Industrial Lighting

Benefits of LED Industrial Lighting

Selecting the correct type of industrial lighting for your operations will help you save money and energy, but will also ensure that all areas ore correctly lit so that accidents can be easily avoided at the workplace. There are a great many lighting solutions out there that are well-suited to industrial applications, but very few of them come with the extensive list of benefits offered by LED systems.

So, if you have been skirting on finally investing in LEDs and are just looking for that nudge forward, here are a few of the top advantages to using LED industrial lighting.

LED Lighting is extremely cost effective

When compared to fluorescent lighting, LED lights come at far less of an overall cost. While high quality LEDs will cost you more than fluorescents, they have a significantly longer lifespan which means you’ll spend less on replacements in the long run.

In addition to this, they operate economically, which means that you will be spending far less on accumulated power bills over time. Besides being a bonus to cost effectiveness, the economic performance of LED lights makes them environmentally friendlier than fluorescents, just another good reason to get them.

They require very little maintenance

As mentioned before, a high-quality set of LED lights will virtually never need maintenance, freeing up time to concentrate on the more crucial sectors of your production tasks while allocating areas of your maintenance budget to other areas.

LEDs work off of semiconductors that manage power input and output, which drastically reduces their energy consumption, thusly lengthening their lifespan.

Optimal operational temperatures

These semiconductors (otherwise known as drivers) are also able to regulate lighting and operating temperatures. In addition to managing power consumption, this also protects the LED from damage due to high temperatures. This feature also makes them able to withstand harsh environments where other lighting systems would need reinforcement.

LEDs reduce glair

Amongst the many features that semiconductors have allowed LED manufacturers to include in their products, the ability to manage glair levels has proved one of the most useful for industrial applications. Glair from harsh lighting can obscure vision which may lead to mistakes being made, or long-term optical injuries being sustained by your employees. Because of this, it is highly beneficial for any institution that conducts activities that require precision or long hours.

Features such as these also allow you to control the colour temperature in your working environment, which has a known effect on the moral, health and productivity of your employees, while reducing the risk of workplace accidents.

Contact Nordland Lighting for further details

There are a great many benefits to be taken advantage of for any institution that opts for LED lighting in their industrial applications as opposed to florescent systems. The benefits of overall cost and efficiency, durability and functionality are but a few.

If you would like more details on obtaining LED industrial lighting for your place of work, feel free to contact a consultant from Nordland Lighting today, or visit our website for details.

 

Different Types of Lights

Different Types of LightsIn the 19th century, the very first incandescent lamp was invented by two gentleman, Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan. Since then, there has been many improvements in different types of bulbs and their efficiencies. There are several types of lights and they have all been designed with a considered image in mind. Main types of bulbs are commonly found in the lighting systems of offices, homes or factories. The performance of a light depends on the bulb, different light bulbs create different lighting effects.

A lamp is a device that creates light by an electrical current, and is a form of artificial lighting. Lights are important for a lighting system and present effective lighting. Usually, electrical lights are powered by centrally generated electrical power. If main lights bomb out, lights can also be powered by batteries, cell phones or generators.

Incandescent

These are standard bulbs that many people are familiar with. Incandescent bulbs are offered in a wide range of voltages and sizes. This light bulb glows and creates heat when electricity travels through the tungsten filament inside the bulb. Incandescent light bulbs generate a steady heat, which is suitable for household applications. The luminous efficiency of these light bulbs is around 15 lumens per watt.

Compact Fluorescent

A compact fluorescent bulb is a modern kind of light bulb that operates like a fluorescent. This light contains mercury, which leads to difficulties when disposing. Most compact fluorescents consist of around two or three tubular loops, and sometimes look similar to incandescent bulbs. These bulbs cannot be used with dimmers, and can last for around 10 000 hours. The luminous efficiency of this kind of bulb is around 60 lumens per watt.

Halogen

The halogen bulb consists of tungsten filament, which is closed with a transparent envelop and filled with inert gas and small amounts of halogen. Halogen lamps are smaller than most. The luminous efficiency of the halogen is 25 lumens per watt.

Metal Halide

Metal halide bulbs include a discharge tube or arc tube in the bulb. These tubes can be created from either quartz or ceramic and contains mercury. Metal halide lamps create an impressive amount of light for their size, and are one of the most effective. These lamps are commonly found in halls, stages and traffic lights.

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Save on energy cost with Nordland Lighting. Technological advancement has made leaps and bounds in the lighting industry in the form of LED lighting. The time to implement change is now. No longer does a choice have to be made between economic feasibility and taking responsibility for the environment. With Nordland lighting solutions, both economic and environmental returns are assured now and well into the future.