The struggle between light and cold is an on-going issue in the cold storage industry. Since fluorescent lighting does not perform well in cold conditions, businesses have had to install a greater number of low-efficiency luminaires in order to comply with lighting needs. Going forward, LED lighting, which thrives in such environments, is the solution.
Garages and multi-storey car parks are often considered dark, dirty, narrow and unsafe areas. Fortunately, this image is rapidly changing as indoor parking areas become more upscale. Architects, owners and designers are beginning to realize that a better-looking area with quality lighting will reassure the users, attract more customers and also improve the environment.
Assembly work today has become more automated and quality demands are higher. For the remaining visual work tasks, an intelligent and ergonomic lighting solution is imperative to maintain worker satisfaction and performance.
Warehouses are generally tall due to the high racks inside. Access to daylight may be low or even absent. Narrow aisles present special lighting requirements.
Heavy industry involves mining and metal processing. Luminaires for these applications require high ingress protection rating and explosion protected design for some areas.
Despite the increasing prevalence of automated work processes, the human eye is still superior in spotting flaws and irregularities on product surfaces. Properly performed quality inspections depend on the right supplementary light.
The design and layout of control rooms is a scientific research field in its own right. Here, operators often work night shifts watching the operative state of plant equipment. A careful balance between activating light to increase alertness, and non-activating light to help adjusting daily rhythms is needed as well as sufficient light levels to read documents and understand operating panels efficiently.
In food processing, cleanliness and hygiene are imperative to ensure product quality. Often sharp utensils and processing machines are in use. This requires safe operational lighting.
As increasing demands are put on product quality, the top priority in a cleanroom is to protect products from contamination. Cleanliness and hygiene are secured by enclosed, lowmaintenance and easy-to-clean luminaires.
Light is a key environmental factor that influences and directs physiological processes in all animals. Light facilitates sight which is a necessity for food search; It entrains the circadian cycle; And finally, light initiates and regulates the release of multiple hormones which are essential in metabolic regulation and reproduction. The lighting solution should also take into account the farmer’s need for visual performance.
Chemical engineering facilities provide particularly harsh environments and a variety of work tasks. High temperatures, dusty environments and the presence of damaging gases may pose challenges to the lighting installation.
Lighting installations with higher intensity and tuneable white light may increase production output, and reduce fatigue, errors and accidents.
Areas where the explosion risk is high exists in almost every process engineering plant. Strict rules apply to mitigate these risks and electrical luminaires is a vital part of the risk management. The use of explosion-proof (Ex) luminaires is mandatory in these areas and their classifications are based on zones according to their hazard potential.