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Creating A Safer Workplace: The Impact of LED Lighting On Industrial Safety

Operating a safe workplace for your employees is one of your top priorities. These are the people that keep your business running from the ground up which makes them among the most important. Their health and safety cannot be overlooked but a lot of industrial managers forget that lighting has a significant impact on workplace safety.

LED lighting is a modern lighting solution that’s far more energy efficient but also comes with other advantages, such as improved safety.

Allow me to explain how LED lighting can boost the safety of your industrial space and make for happier, healthier, and safer employees.

LED Lighting Makes Your Employees More Focused And Alert

There have been studies that show the benefits of LED lighting on the human sleep/wake cycle, better known as the circadian rhythm.

This is because LED light bulbs produce white light which is very close to natural daylight. When you go back to our primitive roots, it was the daylight and darkness that controlled our body’s rhythms and told us when to sleep and when to be active.

While modern life may have taken over, our biology remains the same. So, when working, employees will be much more alert and focused on their job with the correct light.

LED Lighting Doesn’t Contain Toxic Chemicals

One of the major problems with traditional light bulbs is that they’re manufactured to contain toxic chemicals, like mercury. Most of you will be aware of the health risks associated with mercury exposure, such as damage to the immune system and internal organs.

While the mercury is contained within these old bulbs while in use, there’s a risk of it being released when bulbs are being changed over.

LED lighting, on the other hand, contains no such toxic chemicals so doesn’t pose a health and safety risk when being discarded.

LED Lighting Reduces The Risk Of Accidents

Poor quality lighting, like fluorescent or incandescent lighting, reduces visibility. When you’re working in a heavy-duty environment with machinery and potentially dangerous equipment, there is no room for error.

The best way to drastically reduce the chances of an error is by ensuring excellent visibility. LED lighting is far more consistent, doesn’t produce glare or flickers, and is much brighter, making it easier to focus on the task at hand.

LED lighting has a far higher lumen output than regular bulbs which produces that iconic brightness without the risk of eye strain or headaches thanks to its ability to mimic daylight.

Moreover, LED bulbs are made from shatterproof materials, unlike glass which old-style bulbs are made from. This again reduces the risk of accidents and wounds from broken glass.

If that wasn’t enough, consider that LED light bulbs can last up to 100,000 hours compared to the measly 1000 hours of a traditional light bulb. This means that your lighting will require far less maintenance. With maintenance comes risks such as the need to climb a ladder or work with electrics. Reducing the number of times this maintenance needs to take place, instantly reduces the risk of an accident.

LED Light Bulbs Don’t Produce Heat

Another way that LED lighting improves industrial workplace safety and decreases the risk of accidents is because it doesn’t produce any heat. This means that these bulbs pose no fire hazard.

Old-type bulbs, such as incandescent, require heat to generate light. This means that they get extremely hot to the touch and if flammable materials get too close, there’s the risk of fire. Not to mention that someone could sustain a burn if they were to accidentally touch a hot bulb. This is never a problem with LEDs.

On top of this, there are many industrial settings where temperature regulation is vital. However, since traditional bulbs put out a lot of heat, this can make regulating the temperature difficult and more costly. LEDs not only mitigate the battle but also save you money.

A Note On LED Lighting For Industrial Use

While LED lighting is one of, if not the best option for industrial lighting solutions, there are a few things to keep in mind.

If you are operating an industrial unit in the oil or gas sector, it is vital that you purchase light fittings and bulbs that are rated for this type of application.

LEDs Are Eco-Friendly

Compared to traditional bulbs, LEDs emit far less carbon and are up to 80% more energy efficient. Not only this but the way they are manufactured, without the use of toxic chemicals is much safer for the environment.

As well as making your industrial workplace safer, LED lighting will also make it greener. That’s great news for your business as it’ll boost its reputation and you have the peace of mind that you’re doing your bit for the planet.

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