With our strong industrial base, the UK is one of the world’s biggest markets for industrial lighting, attracting overseas investors. In the last few months one of the leading UK lighting businesses, Luxonic has been bought by the global group Glamox. Luxonic was established in 1986 and has a manufacturing plant in Basingstoke. Originally Norwegian and now worldwide, Glamox has been trading here since 1967. The acquisition strengthens Glamox’s and Luxonic’s combined position in the UK lighting market, with complementary sales reach and product offering. Nick Tavaré continues as MD of Luxonic Lighting and we wish him and the combined team well.

Businesses continue to invest in LED lighting. LED Ecolights, marketers of the long life, energy efficient Goodlight LED lighting brand, recently helped FWB, the supply chain partner, replace the outdated fluorescent lights in their sites in Stoke-on-Trent, Wrexham and Truro with Goodlight units, Linear LED High Bays, LED Battens and Eco LED Ceiling Panels.

Established since 1963, FWB provides a diverse range of products including pipeline and fittings, fasteners, tools and workwear to the industrial, infrastructure, construction and public sector markets. In the words of Sarah Lee, FWB’s Marketing Manager, they decided to upgrade to LED lighting not only for the substantial reduction in energy costs and carbon emissions, but also for the improved light quality, and the added health and safety benefits.

“The high ceilings in our warehouses are difficult to access,” Sarah said, “and we were changing light bulbs constantly. These longlife LED lamps will reduce maintenance drastically. We now have consistent light levels and can see everything easily. The results are outstanding and everyone is happy.”

If you need further persuading to invest in warehouse lighting, the HSE’s guidelines are very clear about its importance to health and safety in the workplace. The quicker and easier it is to see a hazard, the more easily it is avoided. The hazards that are present will determine the lighting requirements for safe operation.

And then there are the health effects. Poor lighting affects people’s health at work, causing symptoms like eyestrain, migraine and headaches. It is also linked to Sick Building Syndrome. Symptoms include headaches, lethargy, irritability and poor concentration. The financial effects are telling, too. Poor lighting at work can represent a significant cost to business in terms of time off as a result of accidents and injuries, increased absenteeism and reduced staff efficiency and productivity.

In large warehouses the lighting needs to be able to be controlled and monitored remotely and evaluated with full data analytics. UK lighting controls manufacturer DANLERS has joined forces with Wirepas, a leading provider of mesh networking technology, to develop DANLERS lighting controls with mesh based wireless connectivity. The DANLERS WM range provides the building blocks to create effective energy saving solutions, such as occupancy control and light level control.

Under the new system photocell settings, time out, override settings and so on are fully configurable and each device in the network has integral intelligence. It’s a long way from old Fred the storekeeper turning out the lights after everyone’s gone home.

CHARLES SMITH

Feature Writer