Who in business today can afford to burn money? Yet that’s what happens every day! Every light left on in an empty warehouse or unoccupied part of the factory, results in wasted watts of energy that could have gone to the positive side of the balance sheet.
Commercial Energy Controls
Only simple steps are needed to ensure your operation is making the most of energy supplied when you need it, and minimising its use when you don’t! Commercial energy saving controls are definitely a worthwhile investment in the profitability of your business.
Sensors for Energy Saving
Using natural light – Allow us to show you how your warehouse lighting control system could take advantage of available natural daylight through windows and skylights. Sensors could be installed to measure lux levels and dim the light fittings as required.
There are a number of control options to provide the right lighting for open areas, and for racking aisles of different heights.
Does ALL the warehouse need to be permanently lit? Are common areas ALWAYS occupied? Do your security lights need to be PERMANENTLY ON all night?
Occupancy sensors can ensure lighting comes on only when your staff are present, perhaps operating at 100 per cent when presence is detected, and then either switching off, or dimming to just 10% when no-on is around. By dimming rather than switching off, lamp life is extended and there is sufficient light to suit CCTV or other security requirements.
With the escalating costs of power, your return on investment for warehouse lighting control will be quicker than you realise.
High Bay Warehouses
We’ve been involved in the design and installation of warehouse lighting control systems for many high bay warehouses incorporating a number of zones. Natural light from the warehouses’ skylights has been utilised through 2-stage dimming control.
This has allowed lighting to be reduced to 50% or turned off dependent on the natural light level. Such a system can result in savings of up to half of the energy costs of a standard lighting fitout.
Dependent on your hours of operation, you will want an efficient control system with an instant start up when the canopy lighting is required. You may want to include a number of different control elements such as scheduling, time clocks, lux level sensing, and occupancy control to ensure security elements after dark are covered, as well as energy saving measures to reduce lighting use when it is not necessary, and to avoid nuisance switching of the lights during temporary cloud cover.
How old are your light fittings?
Consider for a moment the age of the light fixtures are in your building.
If more than 10 years old, those lights are adding more to your overheads than you may realise. Huge advancements have occurred in recent years in the technology of lamps, electronic control gear and lighting reflectors.
New, energy efficient luminaires will reduce energy consumption and using lighting controls will push your energy bill down even further!
Choosing lighting for cavernous spaces such as warehouses can present a number of challenges.
Energy efficiency and cost savings are usually top of the list of priorities. Also to be considered though, is the need to avoid glare for your workers and prevent light spilling into surrounding areas.
As well as our involvement in the design/implementation of lighting control in new buildings, we are always happy to advise on what can be achieved in a retrofit warehouse lighting control situation in existing buildings.
You may want to replace current ‘older’ light fittings, or just be looking for ways to make your present luminaires more energy efficient? We are happy to advise.
Funding your Project
In some cases government funding may be available to assist with an energy saving initiative. Or it could be possible to lease the new energy saving lights and warehouse lighting control system, and finance the project from the reduced power costs, rather than the stretched CAP-EX budget.
Just give us a call for a chat about your current situation and how commercial energy saving controls may help.