Industrial and warehousing environments pose unique challenges for keeping workers safe, productive, and comfortable. Warehouses and manufacturing facilities are often cavernous and windowless, making them difficult to illuminate sufficiently and cost-effectively. Various types of machinery, forklifts and other heavy-duty vehicles, and hard-to-access storage areas contribute to employee risk. Facilities that operate 24/7 may find that the risks are even greater for third-shift and swing-shift workers, when there are typically fewer people on hand and therefore less immediate access to help if something goes wrong.
Given these special circumstances, what kind of lighting do workers need to ensure safety, comfort, and the efficient completion of tasks? And how might smart lighting management approaches help to balance the needs of human users of these spaces with the business need to optimize energy savings and minimize costs?