Warehouse Lighting Design Calculator
Looking to calculate the number of fixtures you need? We’re here for you.
We’ve helped thousands of businesses with their warehouse lighting requirements. Based on our experience, here’s what you need to know and how we can help you.
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What Is a Warehouse Lighting Design Calculator?
A warehouse lighting design calculator is a simple tool. It’s designed to give you an estimate on how many fixtures you might need. It is a good tool for budgetary needs, but should never be used in place of a proper warehouse lighting design.
What Is Warehouse Lighting Design?
A warehouse lighting design uses sophisticated lighting design software to model warehouse spaces. It calculates the number of fixtures, fixture locations and spacing, light levels on the floor or a work plane, and light balance. The latter is just as important as light levels. Creating a lighting solution that is not only bright but balanced is the difference between noticing how good the light is and how bad it is.
What Are the Recommended Lighting Levels for a Warehouse?
The recommended levels vary depending on the customer’s needs and the purpose of the warehouse space. We have created light plans for warehouses averaging 20 foot candles to 70 foot candles.
How Many Foot Candles Is Ideal for a Warehouse?
A good starting point, for warehouses primarily used for storage, is around 30 foot candles. If the warehouse space is used for assembly or manufacturing, then more is needed. For non-detail work, 40 to 50 foot candles are a good target. For detailed assembly tasks, 60 to 70 foot candles are optimal.
What Is the Ideal Warehouse Lighting Layout?
There is no ideal layout, but typical layouts are very symmetrical in columns and rows of lights used. The number of lights, spacing and power needed depends on the warehouse space and lighting requirements.
What’s the Difference Between a Warehouse Lighting Design Calculator and a Warehouse Lighting Plan?
Use a calculator if:
You are looking for a free, quick online tool to calculate the number of fixtures you need
You want quick, simple and immediate results
You are looking for a count of fixtures based on a specific budget
You need a rough estimate on quantity and layout / configuration does not matter
There is no need to include specific light balance and shadows in your documentation
Use a lighting plan if:
You would like a professional lighting engineer to review your requirements
You need a calculated lighting plan that shows foot candle readings
You need to see how balanced the light levels are, and you care about reducing shadows
You want to show aiming angles, and light positions in scale with your indoor or outdoor area
You need professional assurance that the lights you purchase will be the right choice