Lighting a warehouse isn't as simple as lighting the typical room in a house. With high ceilings, high shelves of inventory for casting shadows, natural daylight to consider, different types of lighting fixtures, lighting controls (including timers and sensors), and technologies from HID to fluorescent to LED to consider, it can take time to lay out an ideal lighting plan.
While in-depth guidance on this may require an onsite lighting designer, we put together an article you may find useful on the topic.
Meanwhile, though, replacing your warehouse lighting can be straightforward. Maybe not easy (due to the heights involved), but straightforward. Because whether you're using HID, fluorescent, or LED lighting, you can generally just read the part number on the lamp you're replacing. Then visit Lighting Supply and put that part number into the search bar and find your replacement.
Of course sometimes bulbs are no longer made or stocked, and you might need to find an alternative. In that case, you can always call our friendly lighting experts for your options when ordering. (877.231.2852)
Do you have specific questions about warehouse lighting that we can answer through a future blog? Something that might help others too? Let us know in the comments below and we'll do our best to provide those answers!
Over the last few years, the traditional incandescent light bulb was phased out of production and importation in the United States. You can still buy them from anyone who still has stock and still use them in your home or office. Or you can opt for special application incandescent bulbs like rough service bulbs if you want to stick with the incandescent experience. (Learn more about rough service bulbs in our article here.)
But in general, the switch has begun toward halogen bulbs (a more efficient type of incandescent), CFLs (the spiral shaped fluorescents), and LEDs.
If you're confused about your options, how to understand new light bulb packages, how the bulbs compare to incandescents, and how much money each type will save you ... never fear! We've created a brief video and an light bulb infographic that walk you through everything you need to know.
We've had a lot of positive response to both of these, and hope you'll find them helpful. If so, please share this page with others who may be struggling with the same question about replacing their light bulbs!
On a final note, LED bulbs now mimic the color of incandescent bulbs very well, they have no mercury, and although they're a bit more expensive, they can pay for themselves in around one year where a bulb is used about 3 hours a day. After that, they will put money in your pocket every year! Check out some of our best deals on LED replacement bulbs for the home and office!
Anyone who purchases fluorescent or HID lighting for commercial applications probably knows that these lights require ballasts. While some like compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) come with ballasts built in, most use external ballasts. (You can learn more about ballasts here.)
LED lighting, though, is a new field that many are unfamiliar with. So it's important to know that, while LEDs don't require ballasts, they do require something called "drivers."
Like CFLs, household LEDs typically have drivers built in, but many commercial LEDs do not. And as with fluorescent lights that need to be correctly matched to their ballasts, you need to choose the right driver for an LED. So we've put together a brief video explaining the two primary types of LED drivers: Constant Current and Constant Voltage.
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