Lighting in industrial facilities

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study indicated that 61% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for industrial/manufacturing facilities and warehouses—and eight in 10 of these engineers are responsible for determining requirements/writing specifications, researching and evaluating options, and/or recommending the product brands.

04/26/2016


Figure 2: When selecting lighting products for industrial facilities, engineers generally compare product quality, energy efficiency, previous experience with manufacturers, and manufacturers’ reputations. Courtesy: Consulting-Specifying EngineerThe Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study indicated that 61% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for industrial/manufacturing facilities and warehouses—and eight in 10 of these engineers are responsible for determining requirements/writing specifications, researching and evaluating options, and/or recommending the product brands. Below are five findings as they relate to industrial facility projects:

  1. Annual value of products specified: The average engineering firm specifies $785,583 in total lighting and lighting control products for new and existing industrial facilities on a yearly basis. Thirty-nine percent of these firms specify more than $1 million in lighting products for industrial facilities annually.
  2. Changes affecting design, products: Within the past 2 years, 58% of industrial facility designs have been very affected by changes to LED technologies and specifications. Forty percent of engineers also reported that changes with energy-efficient designs and energy consumption have affected their projects.
  3. Top challenges: Inadequate budget (74%), lighting controls sequence of operations and integration (62%), and interoperability and complementing systems (55%) are the most difficult challenges for lighting engineers and designers in industrial facilities.
  4. Issues to lighting design: When looking toward the future of lighting design in industrial facilities, engineers are most concerned about keeping up with new/changing technologies, designing for energy conservation/efficiency, and changes to codes/regulations/standards.
  5. Products specified: Eight in 10 engineers specify LEDs; lighting controls; and/or T5, T8, or T12 fixtures for industrial facilities.

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