Automation & Control
Factories require proper lighting for workers to do their jobs effectively. Many still use older HID and fluorescent lights but with climate change awareness and efforts to reduce carbon emissions, old factories are being upgraded to LED lighting, and new factories specified with LED luminaires. A number of factories are also installing daylighting systems to take advantage of as much natural light as possible. However, in many industries, production can operate night shifts, relying solely on artificial lighting. With so many possible types of factories, each with its own specific lighting requirements, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) handbook is the go-to reference to determine the optimal lighting for a specific industry. General light levels for sections found in a typical factory are given below:
Table 1: Factory typical light levels (Source: IES)
|Factory Area||Recommended Light Level (lux)|
|General assembly of large items||323|
|Vehicle maintenance area||538|
|Private or open||431|
|Exterior of building||11|
|Gas station canopy||135|
Nemalux provides a number of lighting solutions for general manufacturing and factory lighting.
The MR, XR, and AR series of luminaires range from low bay to high bay respectively, with increasing lumens outputs from 3K starting with the MR model up to 48K for the AR hazardous location model. Secondary optics provides numerous factory-configured, optical profiles and mounting options, which can reduce fixture counts to light a large plant area by up to 30% compared to equivalent competitors’ products. All are rated for a minimum of IP66 ingress protection. For exterior plant use, the AR model is useful for flooding large exterior areas such as parking lots or large work yards. If your plant has many walkways, catwalks, stairs, and ramps, the MR and XR models, along with appropriate poles from Nemalux is an ideal lighting solution.
For the replacement of legacy HID or fluorescent lights, the MR is a direct replacement for 75-150 Watts HID lamps, while the NL is a direct replacement for fluorescent lighting, and the BL is a direct replacement for vapor-tight fluorescent lamps.
For internal lighting of control panels, either general or hazardous location, the linear GS DC model is an ideal luminaire fitting into compact spaces.
For temporary work and maintenance, the versatile LS light stringer allows maintenance crews to quickly connect together up to 30 LS models in series for flexible temporary lighting. All Nemalux luminaires are available for general or hazardous locations.
Nemalux assists factory owners to make important lighting decisions by offering an invaluable, complementary lighting layout service to plant operators. Our lighting designers will take your plant drawings and create a precise lighting model with the optimal solution. Plant operators can use this to determine the best cost/performance ratio for their plant. If you are considering a plant lighting upgrade or proceeding with a new plant expansion, contact us first for a free detailed lighting layout, a service worth many thousands of dollars of design time.
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Outcome of the Solution
- Improved Site Safety
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- Reduced Maintenance with Superior Product Reliability
- Dark Sky Compliance and reduced light trespass
- Lower Cost; Faster Delivery; Greater Support