Lighting accounts for up to 40% of electricity usage in commercial buildings, with warehouse lighting being a high contributor to overall operating costs for many Australian businesses. Time and money spent on maintaining industrial lighting systems can be an additional drain on resources, while the quality of your warehouse lighting can affect your team’s visual perception, task performance, safety and security.
These are all strong reasons for considering how different types of lighting technology stack up. Could your industrial lighting be costing you less, taking up less of your resources in maintenance and performing better? For industrial warehouse lighting, LED technology has proven to be the strongest contender in meeting these criteria.ufo led high bay light
LED Energy Costs
The higher the wattage of a light globe or lamp, the higher its running cost. Compared to traditional forms of industrial lighting, LEDs have significantly lower wattage for the same level of light output. That’s why switching to LEDs significantly reduces electricity consumption and, accordingly, your power bills.
- The wattage range for common metal halide high bays is 175 watts to 1000 watts, compared to 95 watts to 495 watts for LEDs
- A 10W-1000W LED flood light can directly replace 50W-2000W metal halide flood lamps
See our case studies below for examples showing exactly how much some of our clients have saved on their energy costs after upgrading their warehouse lighting to LEDs.
Lighting Maintenance (LEDs vs Fluorescent)
On average, LEDs have a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. That means, if the light is run for 10 hours/day, the lifespan should be more than 13 years. Compare this to all other conventional lighting technologies and LEDs come out the clear winner.
Metal halide and halogen lamps in particular generate a significant amount of heat, which wears on a lamp’s components and reduces its lifespan. LEDs run much cooler, which puts less stress on their components and less frequent need for repairs.
Additionally, all fluorescent and most metal halide lamps contain mercury, while LEDs do not. Even low-mercury lamps need need to be disposed of as per government regulations. This can also be a maintenance hassle within your warehouse if a bulb breaks.
Industrial Lighting Performance
LED warehouse lights can replace lamps and bulbs in most common types of industrial lighting systems, which have specific, heavy duty performance requirements. Industrial LED lighting has considerably more benefits to the alternative.
LED High Bays
Traditionally run on technologies such as metal halide, mercury vapour, fluorescent or high intensity discharge (HID) lamps. High bays can be replaced entirely with LEDs. These have the benefit of evenly distributing light through a space, as opposed to the tendency of HIDs to form a bright spot under the lamp, which is less than ideal for efficiency and safety.
LED high bay sensors are a means of further amplifying energy savings from LED high bays. These ‘set and forget’ devices automatically turn off and on when depending on whether the warehouse is occupied. These sensors reduce energy use by up to 35%, compared to relying on manual switching.
Industrial LED Flood Lights
Halogen and metal halide are the conventional options for outdoor warehouse lighting. LED score higher on brightness and ability to illuminate large areas, and do so while consuming less energy than these other technologies. For example, one LED flood light is able to perform the work of 2-3 halogen flood lights.
Government LED Rebates - VEET & ESS Schemes
The Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificate (VEEC) and the NSW’s Energy Saving Certificate (ESC) are state-specific incentives that can be applied to commercial lighting upgrades. There are a number of prescribed activities that can create VEECs and ESCs, warehouse LED being among them.
Certificate trading schemes such as these are one of the key incentives put forward by the Australian federal and state governments for making the switch to energy-saving technologies. Certificates are created at their current trading price when a specified and approved energy-saving activity has been completed. In some circumstances, you can claim these certificates yourself, or we will claim certificates on your behalf and offer them to you in the form of a rebate on your LED lighting system.