In ship storage rooms for general goods/non-hazardous items, the lighting needs to be reliable. The luminaires must be maintenance-free and achieve a certain level of light output.
Different areas on a ship require special demands on lighting
A general storage room is often a huge area on-board a cruise vessel, where everything is handled and stored on shelves or racking. Space to fit luminaires is normally limited and so fittings must be robust and solid in order to withstand accidental damage as goods are moved in and out of this area.
Important factors when working with lighting solutions for storage rooms:
- Different mounting possibilities.
- Mechanical and compact design.
- No maintenance and reduced power consumption (high energy efficiency)
Different mounting options
Limited space in storage rooms requires recessed or compact corner surface mounted light fittings.
The fittings must be solid and mechanically robust in order to avoid accidental damage when goods are being handled and moved in and out of the storage room. Glamox recommends LED lighting in storage rooms as these will turn on to their maximum light output immediately as the crew enter this area. All plastic parts should be flame-retardant materials in order to prevent fire and toxic gases from spreading. The European standard, IEC 60092, requires that lighting installed in a general storage room on a ship should be designed for an ambient temperature of 45°C. Loose internal wiring caused by excess vibration is dangerous and can cause short-circuits. The luminaires should therefore be designed according to the relevant marine standards. To avoid lengthy installation times and to reduce maintenance costs, Glamox recommends the use of plug-and-play quick connectors. Dust protection is also important during the ship construction/fitting phase to prevent dirt from getting inside the luminaire, as well as later during normal ship operations to prevent the ingress of dust and insects to the light fixtures.
No maintenance and reduced power consumption
Maintenance-free, easy installation and various mounting options ensure flexibility and time savings, primarily because some lights may be located in areas that are difficult to reach or often with no access at all. The luminaires should consume as little energy as possible in order to reduce the size of power generators, to save energy and to reduce pollution/emissions. Therefore, LED lighting is recommended. LED luminaires are virtually maintenance-free, which means that cruise vessels with LED lighting will have lower operating costs compared to vessels with conventional luminaires. In addition, the reduced power consumption of LED lighting onboard has a positive impact on the cruise vessel’s Air Conditioning system, as less heat is emitted from the lighting, which means less AC power is needed and fuel consumption is reduced. The initial investment of the LED installation may be higher than a traditional lighting installation, but the reduced energy consumption and lower maintenance costs of LED lighting means that this price difference will be quickly recouped and payback on the investment is recovered quickly.
All lighting products for general storage rooms should be designed in accordance with marine standards and regulations.