Factory Lighting Design
Looking to create a factoring lighting plan? We’re here for you.
We’ve helped thousands of businesses with their factory lighting designs. Based on our experience, here’s what you need to know and how we can help you.
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How Do I Plan the Lighting Layout of a Factory?
You don’t have to do that yourself, our lighting plan service does that for you. As we stated above, we first need some information from you. Give us the building dimensions, light levels needed, quantity and wattage of current fixtures, and voltage input. We will do the rest. Our lighting plan will calculate the total number of fixtures needed and placement.
What Are the Main Benefits of Creating a Factory Lighting Plan?
It removes many of the risks of blind light purchases. Buying lights and hoping for good results has a low probability of success. Two things to understand are how many lumens the lights produce and the beam angles they have. Without those it can result in light levels that aren’t what you want. Too bright or too low lighting, lighting that is not balanced and full of shadows (spotty lighting).
Creating a lighting plan will resolve these issues in the software before any money is spent.
What Is the Best Way to Design a Factory Lighting Plan?
The best way is to start out with either a scaled floor plan or, if it’s a large open space, is to know the dimensions of the area. It is also important to know the mounting height of the fixtures, and the desired light levels you will need.
This is measured in foot candles. If you do not know the amount of light you need, tell us the use of the space and we can recommend the proper light level. From this information, we will have the basis for creating a lighting plan.
Are There Any Factory Lighting Standards I Should Be Aware Of?
There are some general guidelines you should follow. You need to understand OSHA safety requirements. But for the most part, OSHA requirements are the bare minimum you need to maintain a safe environment.
Typically, recommended lighting levels are much higher. The more assembly and detailed work there is, the higher the foot candle requirements. The range for most factories is between 30 and 100+ foot candles. If you have a light meter, measure your existing light levels, and determine if it’s too little, too much or just right.
From there, we adjust the plan by using different light fixtures and other techniques.
Should I Use a Factory Lighting Plan or a Factory Lighting Calculator?
A lighting calculator is a very simple tool that provides 1 result – number of fixtures. It falls short on telling you how the lights should be laid out, and how balanced the lighting should be. Lighting calculators only take lumens produced as an input. It has no idea of the optic package on the light itself. Nor how well that light will present balanced and even lighting.
A lighting plan uses sophisticated, specialized software to calculate the results. It provides a report on how well the lighting will appear in the factory with the chosen fixtures.
Do You Provide Factory Lighting Plans?
Yes, we do, with one caveat, we only do them using our fixtures. We caution our customers. Getting a lighting plan from us and swapping out other fixtures is a recipe for bad lighting.
What Are the Ideal Factory Lighting Levels? Foot Candles? Lux?
The ideal light levels vary from one facility to another. At the low end, 30 foot candles might be enough. But in facilities where fine detailed assembly occurs, more light is needed. It may be a combination where facilities are split into different functioning areas. Different light levels in each area might be the right approach.
What Software Do You Use to Create a Factory Lighting Plan?
We use industrial leading lighting software, AGI32.
How Long Does It Take to Create a Factory Lighting Plan?
Our typical turnaround time is 2 business days. Sometimes that gets pushed out a bit, depending on the number of plans in the queue.
My 400 watt Metal Halide Fixtures Put Out 36000 Lumens. Do I Need LED Lights with the Same Lumens or More If I Want More Light?
You typically don’t. We have been doing this for over 12 years. We have many lights that produce 15,000 to 20,000 lumens that can outperform this 36000 lumen light.
You have to think about it this way. Figure out the light levels you need (foot candles) and let us create a lighting plan to show you how to achieve that.
In almost every case, we use a light that consumes less watts and produces less lumens to meet your needs. Check out some of our completed projects page. We have many pictures of finished projects that first started off as a lighting plan.