Lighting : LIGHTING-June-July-2017
FEATURE The changing face of industrial lighting BY PENNY JONES June/July 2017 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 17 16 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | June/July 2017 Industrial lighting covers a vast range of applications including airports, warehouses, ports, car parks, factories, refineries, intermodal transport and mining facilities and, in common with just about every other lighting speciality, it is undergoing change at a blistering rate. Remco Diaz is the General Manager for Thorlux Lighting Australasia, a long-running designer, manufacturer and supplier of lighting solutions and lighting control systems for commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects. He says the coming-of-age of the LED and lighting controls has turned the industry upside down. “LEDs are the number one trend, particularly in industrial warehousing, and the driving force is energy savings. This segment uses a lot of high-wattage HID products with poor optics and we are seeing a huge push for retrofitting to LED,” says Diaz. “The payback period is getting shorter because the LEDs are becoming more efficient. It varies greatly from installation to installation but a few years ago a five-year payback was amazing, and these days two years or even less is not uncommon.” Diaz says the switch to LEDs is going hand in hand with control systems. “In terms of automation, warehousing is becoming much more sophisticated. Smart luminaires can sense the absence of people or when there’s plenty of daylight they can dim down and turn themselves off. The savings can be quite significant.” According to Peter Portelli, lamps and emergency lighting specialist at Gerard Lighting, the company behind Australia’s most innovative lighting brands including Pierlite, Sylvania, Crompton and Diginet, this trend towards smart lighting and control systems is giving the industry a complete facelift. “With much of the technology advancement focusing on controls, what we’re seeing in the market is that traditional ‘control’ companies are intertwining into the lighting industry. South Australia Port lighting. Image supplied by Gerard Lighting.
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