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Benefits of Industrial LED Lighting

Benefits of Industrial LED Lighting

Organisations today are under immense pressure to increase energy efficiency, improve safety and reduce costs across operations. Industrial LED lighting assists in achieving all three. Below are a number of advantages LED lights can offer to your industrial space.

Energy Efficient:

LED lights are the most energy efficient lighting solution that is available in the market today. By upgrade your current, inefficient lighting fixtures to Nordland Lighting’s LEDs, you are able to reduce your area’s energy consumption by 75%. In addition, with improved quality of light and smarter design, you are able to light the same space with fewer lighting fixtures, increasing your energy savings even more.

Saving Costs: By installing industrial LED lighting fixtures, you will realize your cost-savings immediately, resulting in improving your bottom-line. Besides reducing energy costs, you will save on replacement and maintenance costs, equipment rentals and downtime.

Safety: Eliminating the high-risk maintenance and replacement requirements of traditional systems, the possibility for workplace accidents can be reduced. Not to mention brighter lighting and a balanced light distribution on the ground can result to fewer trips and falls.

Operating Life:

One of the best advantages of installing LED lights is the long operating life. Most fixtures have a lifespan of over 50 000 hours. That is around 10 years of continuous operation with a minimum of 70% lumen brightness. Unlike traditional lighting fixtures, industrial LED lights do not flicker or burn out. Instead, LED lights gradually fade over time.

Maintenance: Industrial LED lighting fixtures are basically maintenance free, this means less time and costs spent in replacing light bulbs – as well as operational downtime costs involved.

Improved Lighting Quality: LED lights offer a dramatic lighting upgrade over traditional lights. These lights deliver brighter lighting that assists in improving productivity and safety.

Durability: Since LED lights are a solid technology, there are no bulbs to break. This makes the lighting fixtures ideal lighting solutions for all industrial environments. They are resistance to vibration and shock, and will continue working through getting knocked around.

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The Science of Architectural Lighting Design

The Science of Architectural Lighting Design

Architectural lighting design merges two professional characteristics into one in order to create an attractive, energy efficient and productive environment in commercial and industrial spaces. These two characteristics include a creative eye that adds to the aesthetics of a space, as well as a scientific mind that understands the various properties of lighting, and how they differ with varying lighting solutions. But what exactly is architectural lighting design; an art or a science? Well, it is both of them, and when done properly should be concerned with three key areas of lighting: creating an aesthetically pleasing environment, using ergonomics and lighting to boost productivity, as well as making use of solutions that are efficient, cost effective, and have a minimal impact on the environment.

Adding to Aesthetics

Aesthetics is where the lighting technician’s creative eye is needed. One of the first functions of commercial lighting is to create an appealing space that keeps employees comfortable while being attractive to prospective clients (especially where retail lighting is concerned). It is often best for the lighting technician to coordinate with the building’s architecture to find solutions that either bring the lighting to the foreground or whether it should be subtler.

Fostering Productivity

This is where the science of lighting comes in; well part of it anyway. Ergonomics is the study of human productivity in the workplace, and when mixed with lighting, it concerns the science of how lighting effects productivity, moral and work-ethic. Favourable, well-planned out lighting will foster a better working environment, either by creating a warmer environment, or simply shedding light on products in process at any time of day.

Creating an Energy Efficient Environment

One of the most important features of lighting design is its impact on energy consumption. Commerce, and in particular, lighting make up for a large percentage of South Africa’s power consumption, and our grid is already under immense strain. Because of this, it is, and should be, the responsibility of business owners to do what they can to alleviate the problem; and with assistance from the correct architectural lighting designer, a business can cut their own expenses while making a palpable difference to the environment.

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If you would like to know more about how our lighting specialists can manufacture, supply, install and design luminaire systems for your place of work, contact a representative from Nordland Lighting today, or visit our website for further information.

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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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.