Commercial Lighting Levels

Lighting’s intensity is measured in lux and the HSE offers guidance for lux levels related to tasks.

For example, a minimum of 5 lux and an average of 20 lux is recommended for corridors and lorry parks. Offices and metalwork stations in which details must be visible are a minimum of 100 lux, and an average of 200.  Complex tasks in which fine details must be clearly seen require a minimum of 200, an average of 500 lux. An engineering drawing might necessitate 750 lux.

The union USDAW has produced its guidelines in accordance with the HSE including what lux levels mean to people outside the lighting industry. They state that the average home lounge is 50 lux, sunrise or sunset on a clear day or a well-lit office equates to 400 lux and direct sunlight can be 32000-130000 lux.

 Commercial Lighting Levels

Emergency lighting

This must adhere to The British Standard BS 5266-1: 2011 and many manufacturers design products above the minimum levels given.

Emergency lighting has two areas, emergency escape lighting and standby.

When the normal power supply is affected, perhaps from a power cut or fire, emergency lighting is designed to ensure safe transit for people within the premises so that they can exit without incident (The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005,) or to continue with their tasks unhindered; standby emergency lighting is not subject to legislation.

 

LED lighting solutions suitability for commercial clients

The incorrect lighting intensity presents health and safety, concentration, productivity, positivity and accuracy adversely. Moreover, traditional bulbs cannot offer the performance and clarity of LED lighting or the energy and cost savings which it delivers. In an emergency, LED lighting solutions are the clearest option.

Every premises is unique; each client has their set of priorities and problem areas; by seeking advice from an LED lighting specialist like LED by Vision clients can enjoy peace of mind that their lighting system design will be perfect for the establishment and workers and meet an installation budget so their return on investment is satisfactory.

LED lighting’s significantly lower energy usage translates as hugely reduced running costs. When you consider that up to 40% of your utility bill is lighting related, isn’t that an incentive to investigate LED lighting solutions?

  • Energy efficient.
  • Low carbon footprint LED lighting solutions.
  • Longer lifespans than other options. e.g. 50000 hours.
  • Clear, high visibility every day and emergency LED lighting.
  • Up to 95% maintenance savings are achievable.
  • No flickering.
  • No UV.
  • No harmful gases or emissions.
  • Interior and exterior solutions. e.g. Loading bay compact floodlight, warehouse high bay LED lighting, office LED panel lights.
  • Choose exceptional commercial lighting services and full fitting, retrofit, emergency, car park and street lighting products.
  • Slimline, attractive and advanced technology devices.
  • Government schemes could help to offset investment for upgrade to LED lighting solutions and emergency LED lighting provision.

LED by Vision, commercial lighting services providers, have an online calculator so that clients can estimate their savings and they carry out comprehensive surveys, provide cost analysis and trial periods. Why not contact them today?

 

Sources: HSE and USDAW.

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