A Breakdown of Industrial Warehouse Lighting

A Breakdown of Industrial Warehouse Lighting

Lighting is an essential element in the setup of any industrial warehouse. The perfect fixture should blend with the environment and fit conveniently in its space. It should light a space clearly and be easy on the eyes even during long sessions of use. There are several factors to consider when looking for industrial lighting.

The three main categories of lights commonly seen in warehouses are metal halide, fluorescent (or T-5), and LED.

warehouse boxes

Metal Halide

Metal halide is among the older forms of lighting used in warehouses. It is not energy-efficient and is prone to noisy humming. These lights also take longer to reach maximum brightness after being switched on. They also contain mercury and have a shorter life space. They are, however, a preferable option for high-heat, high-ceiling rooms. Fluorescent lighting has sufficient light output but is not suggested in high-heat environments, while LEDs may be used in high heat but do not provide as much light. Metal halide lighting can be used in high temperatures and are bright enough to light large areas with high ceilings.


High-output fluorescent light fixtures, also known as T-5s, use half the energy of metal halide lights. They are also quick to reach full brightness and do not have a noise issue. They do contain mercury, however, and also are not recommended for use in very hot settings.


LED lighting produces the least heat because of its energy efficiency and does not contain mercury. They have a long lifespan and no noise issues. However, they are more expensive (though they make up for their cost in 3-5 years) and do not output as much light compared to metal halides and T-5s.

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11th Jan 2017 Nicole K

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