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How to choose the right industrial lighting for dark winter days

There's much to love about winter, but this time of year comes with challenges, like maintaining productivity and staying safe during the darker, shorter days. Good lighting isn't just a matter of convenience; it's important for workplace safety. This guide will help you choose the right industrial lighting solutions, wherever you work, whatever you do.

The importance of industrial lighting during winter

When winter rolls in and the days get shorter, you’ll need to rely on industrial lighting. Natural light isn't great during these months, which can affect productivity and safety in the workplace. Good industrial lights can be helpful when there's not a lot of sunshine, ensuring work areas are bright enough to keep things running smoothly. This is particularly important for jobs that need a keen eye, helping workers stay sharp and avoid tired eyes. In places with heavy machinery or risky materials, having the place well-lit is vital for safety. Having the correct lighting in winter isn't just a nice-to-have; it's key to keeping things safe and efficient at work.

well-lit business premises

Understanding your lighting needs

Before looking at specific products, it's important to determine what you need and why. Consider factors such as the size of your workspace, the nature of the tasks performed, and the existing lighting conditions. Good lighting should eliminate shadows, reduce eye strain, and improve visibility, particularly for intricate tasks.

Key considerations

When searching for industrial lighting, there are a few key things to consider. The brightness and coverage play an important role in choosing the right lights. You want lights that are bright enough to light up your whole work area without leaving any dark corners. Then you have to consider energy efficiency; consider LEDs that save on your electricity bills and are kinder to the planet.

Durability is another important one. These lights should be tough enough to handle a rough industrial setting without breaking a sweat. Also, don't forget about safety features, especially if you're working in areas with lots of moving parts or hazardous materials. Look for lights with secure fittings and shatterproof covers. And lastly, ease of installation and maintenance should be on your checklist. You want lighting that's easy to set up and doesn’t need constant fixing or replacing. So, keep these pointers in mind, and you'll be well on your way to effectively lighting up your industrial space.

There are thousands of products to choose from, so to help, here are five products that are particularly useful to have during the winter months:

1. Tool & lighting support for TPH workbenches

TPH workbenches are a versatile solution for many industrial settings. To make the most of them, consider adding a support frame for suspending tools and lighting units. This addition not only makes sure that your workspace is well-lit but also keeps tools within easy reach. The adjustable nature of these lighting supports allows for focused illumination - useful for detailed work.

2. LED lights for workbenches

LED lighting is an energy-efficient choice for industrial environments. For BA, BC and BQ workbenches, often used for precision tasks, LED lights provide bright, clear lighting that can make a big difference. These lights produce less heat and have a longer lifespan, making them a cost-effective and safer option for prolonged use.

3. Rechargeable floodlight

A rechargeable floodlight is an excellent choice for large work areas. These lights offer powerful illumination, ideal for dark winter days when natural light is limited. The rechargeable feature allows you to move the light without worrying about cords or power sources. This flexibility makes them perfect for various industrial tasks.

4. Headlamps

For tasks that require mobility and hands-free operation, headlamps are a game-changer. They provide bright, focused light while allowing workers to use both hands. It's particularly useful in areas where traditional lighting solutions aren't possible and can come with smart features, like variable light modes and adjustable focus.

5. Pocket size inspection light

A pocket-size inspection light is an invaluable tool for detailed inspections. As the name suggests, they're small enough to pop in your pocket, so you can have them on hand when you need to shine a light on hard-to-reach areas. This light is particularly useful for machinery inspections or tasks that require precision lighting in confined spaces.

Safety and productivity

It's important to note that proper lighting isn't just about visibility; it's a critical aspect of workplace safety. Poor lighting can lead to accidents and mistakes, particularly in industrial settings where precision is key. By investing in the right lighting solutions, you're not only enhancing productivity but also ensuring your employees are safe.

Energy efficiency and sustainability

When choosing industrial lighting, pay close attention to the energy efficiency of the products. LED lights, for example, consume less power and have a longer lifespan, reducing energy bills and environmental impact. Also, investing in sustainable lighting solutions aligns with the growing need for environmentally responsible business practices.

Lighting the way

For more information on our range of work lights, browse our website. We have some handheld and portable options suitable for work settings on darker days. If you’d like more guidance or have specific questions, our Technical Sales Support team is just a call or an email away. Feel free to ring us on 0808 258 0375, where our friendly experts are ready to help you. Alternatively, drop us an email at [email protected]. Whether for help picking the right product or understanding the nitty-gritty of installation, we're here to light the way!

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