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Industrial Lighting Lux Levels and Foot Candles

Calculate Foot Candles for Industrial Lighting

How many foot candles do you need to light up your industrial space? Many factors come into play – the use of the space, how much dust and dirt is present and the availability of ambient light. With that said, we created this guide to help you first determine the foot candles or lux required and then how you can get a lighting plan done to show how converting to LED Lights will look in your industrial space.


What is the difference between foot candles and lux?

Foot candles and lux are essentially the same thing. They are two ways of representing the same data. Some people are more comfortable taking in terms of foot candles and others prefer lux. You can calculate lux and foot candles using the simple conversions

1 foot candle = 10.7639 lux

1 lux = 0.092903 foot candles

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Calculate Foot Candles for Industrial Lighting

So how do you calculate foot candles for industrial lighting? There really is no calculator. But there are lighting plans. A lighting plan takes an indoor or outdoor space and plots lighting within this space. Inside the software, a calculation is performed taking into account the lumens of the fixtures and the location of the lights. When the calculation is complete, calculated points are indicated on the floor indicating the foot candle reading at that location.

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An industrial lighting plan will show how bright your space can be and how evenly the light will be distributed. It will also show you the locations of the lights. We can create a custom industrial indoor or outdoor lighting plan for Free. 

This takes the risk out of your LED purchase.

We have done 1000’s of FREE lighting plans. We have 100’s of lights to choose from to meet almost any requirement or budget.  We have a warehouse full of LED lights ready to ship.  So your lighting plan to purchase can be a quick and easy.

Warehouse Lux Levels

So how many foot candles or lux do you need for your warehouse? That all depends on the purpose or use of your warehouse space. Larger items require less light, where as smaller items stored in the warehouse requires more light to make label reading easier.

Warehouse Foot Candle Requirements

Warehousing – Inactive Area 5
Warehousing – Active – Large Items 10
Warehousing – Active – Small Items 30
Shipping and Receiving Area 30
Maintenance and Shop Areas 50


Recommended Foot Candles for Manufacturing

So how many foot candles or lux do you need for your manufacturing? That all depends on the purpose or use of your manufacturing space. The more complex the process, the more light is required to do it safely and accurately.


Manufacturing Foot Candle Requirements

Coarse Material Processing 10
Medium Material Processing 30
Fine Material Processing 50
Extra Fine Material Processing 50-100
Wrapping, Packaging and Labeling 30
Picking Stock 30
Simple Assembly 30
Difficult Assembly 100
Complicated Assembly 100-300

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Last Updated: 09/01/2020
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