Industrial Lighting – Ecological and Economic Lighting Upgrades

Dairy industrial lightingBusinesses are always interested in ways that they can introduce efficiencies and reduce the cost of their business especially without sacrificing operational effectiveness. Due to significant technological improvements and government programs, more and more companies are looking into reducing their lighting energy costs. Due to the economic but also ecological crisis, many more businesses have started searching for new ways and arrangements in their businesses in the last ten years than the ten before it such as with LED. In business, lighting can be a big part of total energy costs. Often, an effective lighting design paired with the right fixtures can achieve better illumination with less money.

Usually, in industrial lighting, people change their fluorescent T12 to T8 and high-bay lighting. Industrial applications are also implementing LEDs more frequently.

Industrial Lighting Upgrades

Business is migrating from T12 to T8. Differences between these types of fluorescent lights is the diameter of the lamp’s tube, their efficiency, and lower costs. In a industrial setting, the most replaced CFL is the 1.5 inch T12 with magnetic ballast. Commonly, it has been replaced in industrial facilities and offices with the one inch diameter T8 lamp. The T8 offers better illumination and it uses less power. It is also available in standard lengths, equivalent to the T12. The ballast of T8 is a bit different though, so while you do not need to replace the fixture, you might need to change the ballast and sockets with certain T8 models.

Another common way of upgrading industrial lights is high-bay lighting. High-bay lighting generally refers to ceiling heights of 15 feet or higher. It is usually located in expansive areas like warehouses for example. In previous years, high bay lights usually employed mercury vapor technology; however, fluorescent and advanced HID lamps like metal halide and high-pressure sodium lights have become the standard when it comes to lighting upgrades in industrial facilities. In some applications, LED makes the most financial sense.

For less advanced HID lamp features like mercury vapor, a high-output T5 lighting is also an appropriate replacement. T5, or T5HO, can also be used in combination with various dimmers and occupancy sensors. This is especially convenient for warehouses and industrial areas that are not used frequently. Have in mind that, when used in damp or dusty industrial facilities, fluorescent luminaires usually utilize an enclosed fixture to eliminate contamination.

The first commercially available HID lamps were mercury vapor. Today, they can be found in older industrial environments. Many of sites upgraded their mercury vapor lights for increased safety and efficacy of metal halide, high-pressure sodium and CFLs, as well as the LED technology. If your industrial facility has yet to make the change, contact one of our local sales rep’s who will work with you to find the right technology for your lighting needs and budget.


There are many reasons to make a lighting upgrade at an industrial facility including reducing your carbon imprint and lighting overhead costs. The numbers don’t lie. In many cases, there is a significant return on investment for industrial lighting upgrades from older systems. The benefits of upgrading industrial lighting are significant including better illumination, consuming less power and emitting less carbon dioxide in addition to possible ROI.