Learn about warehouse Lighting
Warehouse lighting can be placed either within or above a rack system. Having proper lighting ensures that employees can easily locate products and safely navigate the system.
We work with end users, manufacturers, dealers, and contractors to provide a safe, compliant material handling system.
RCS is a woman owned and operated, WBE certified company that provides full project management of warehouse lighting systems, including in-rack, ceiling, and exit/emergency lighting.
We use high quality lighting that is especially effective in a warehouse environment.
RCS Warehouse Lighting System
RCS is a team of experts that thoroughly understand the requirements of warehouse lighting systems. We ensure this complex process runs smoothly so that your material handling system can be completed on time.
We provide full project management of high bay, in-rack, and exit/emergency lighting for all types of rack systems, including multi-level rack systems. This includes identifying lighting placement as well as electrical and lighting installation.
01 Lighting System Evaluation and Permitting Support
02 Lighting System Procurement and Installation
Types of Warehouse Lighting Systems
High Bay Lighting
High bay lighting is mounted to the ceiling. These are typically channels of LED lighting. Oftentimes, we’ll attach high bay lighting on a chain so that it can hang down to better illuminate the aisles below.
High bay lighting is typically installed on the ceiling directly above each aisle. This ensures that the lighting will not get ‘drowned out’ by products before reaching the floor level.
In-rack lighting is essential for multi-level material handling systems. It ensures employees can adequately navigate a dense multi-level system. However, there are applications for in-rack lighting within a traditional rack system.
RCS uses LED channels for in-rack lighting that are tailored to this dense space. These channels are typically installed on the grating above all main aisles and catwalk aisles.
Exit and Emergency Lighting
Exit and emergency lighting is an essential part of the life safety requirements for a warehouse. For example, if power is lost due to weather or other hazards, employees must be able to exit the warehouse quickly and safely.
RCS provides all exit and emergency lighting necessary within a warehouse. We will identify all exit and emergency lighting required through our evaluations.
Warehouse Lighting Activation Options
There are several options available for
activation of high bay and in-rack lighting.
01 Motion and Heat Sensors
02 Traditional Switches
03 Push Button Timer
We provide our lighting services for all types of rack systems
Including selective rack, gravity flow rack, push back rack, drive-in rack, and multi-level systems.
For existing buildings
For new buildings
with RCS it’s easy
01 Step One
An RCS expert will determine where all lighting should be located based on CADD drawings of your warehouse and material handling system.
We will provide this information to all applicable parties to have this included in the CADD drawings.
02 Step Two
If desired, we will provide a full life safety evaluation to determine if a high pile storage permit is required. If required, we can provide a high pile storage drawing containing all life safety information, including exit and emergency lighting information. This is then submitted to the municipality for approval.
03 Step Three
Once all drawings are completed and all required permits are obtained, RCS engineers will source lighting from our network of approved vendors based on requirements and cost. We’ll work with all necessary parties to install these.
RCS is a team of experts who
are well versed warehouse lighting integration
Combined years of experience project managing material handling systems
Combined years of experience engineering material handling systems
Combined years of experience implementing material handling system safety regulations
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Frequently Asked Questions
When choosing lighting for a warehouse, we recommend considering several factors, such as the type of work being done, the height of the ceiling, the size of the space, and the energy efficiency of the lighting system. We also know that different types of work require different levels of light, and the height and size of the space can affect the type and placement of lighting fixtures. Energy efficiency should also be taken into account to reduce operating costs.
We recommend several types of lighting fixtures that can be used in a warehouse, including high bay lights, low bay lights, LED lights, and fluorescent lights. High bay lights are designed for ceilings over 20 feet high, while low bay lights are designed for ceilings between 12 and 20 feet high. LED lights and fluorescent lights are energy-efficient options that can be used in both high and low bay applications.
The recommended light level for a warehouse depends on the type of work being done. Generally, a light level of at least 30 foot-candles is recommended for general tasks, while a light level of 50-100 foot-candles is recommended for more detailed tasks such as inspections or assembly work. The light level can also be affected by the reflectivity of the surfaces in the warehouse, so it is important to consider this as well.
The number of fixtures needed for a warehouse depends on the size of the space and the type of lighting fixtures being used. A qualified warehouse lighting designer or electrician can help calculate the number of fixtures needed based on the required light level and the size of the space. The layout of the space and the placement of the fixtures can also affect the number of fixtures needed.
LED lighting is a popular energy-saving option for warehouse lighting, as it consumes less energy and has a longer lifespan than traditional lighting fixtures. Motion sensors and daylight sensors can also be used to reduce energy consumption by automatically turning lights off when they are not needed. Using skylights or other sources of natural light can also reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day.
Safety considerations when installing warehouse lighting include ensuring that the lighting fixtures are properly secured to prevent them from falling, avoiding overloading electrical circuits, and following all local electrical codes and regulations. It is also important to use the correct tools and equipment and to work with a qualified electrician or lighting installer to ensure that the installation is done safely.
We recommend regular cleaning and inspection of warehouse lighting fixtures is recommended to ensure optimal performance and prevent potential hazards. Any damaged or malfunctioning fixtures should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to avoid safety hazards or reduce energy efficiency. It is also important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance and to work with a qualified electrician or lighting specialist to ensure proper maintenance.
Are You in Need of Warehouse Lighting?
RCS provides full project management of high bay, in-rack, and exit/emergency lighting systems for warehouses. We offer all types of lighting, including energy-efficient sensor lighting.
Contact RCS for more information. We work with end users, manufacturers, dealers, and contractors.
Our team will be happy to help you better understand our services and provide you with a quote.