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LED Lighting Revolutionising Factories in the U.K

LED Lighting Revolutionising Factories in the U.K
28 February, 2024

Illuminating the Future: LED Lighting Revolutionising Factories in the U.K

In the dynamic landscape of industrial production, every efficiency gained translates into enhanced productivity and profitability. Among the myriad of advancements in technology that have reshaped the manufacturing sector, LED lighting stands out as a beacon of innovation. From small-scale workshops to large-scale factories, the adoption of LED lighting solutions is rapidly transforming the industrial landscape across the United Kingdom. This article explores the significant benefits of LED lighting in factories and sheds light on why it's becoming the illumination of choice.

The Shift to LED Lighting

The traditional lighting systems that once illuminated factory floors are being replaced by LED lighting at a remarkable pace. This transition is driven by a confluence of factors, including technological advancements, regulatory requirements, and the compelling (reduced) maintenance advantages offered by LED lighting.

Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

One of the most compelling reasons for factories to switch to LED lighting is its superior energy efficiency. LED lights consume significantly less energy compared to conventional lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs or fluorescent tubes. This translates into substantial cost savings on energy bills for factories, which typically operate round the clock. Studies have shown that LED lighting can reduce energy consumption by up to 50-80% compared to traditional lighting systems, making it an attractive investment for businesses aiming to cut operational costs and improve their bottom-line profit.

Longevity and Durability

LED lighting fixtures are renowned for their durability and longevity. Unlike traditional bulbs that have relatively short lifespans and require frequent replacement, LED lights can last for tens of thousands of hours without undergoing significant degradation in brightness or performance. This extended lifespan reduces maintenance costs and minimises disruptions to production schedules, as factory operators can focus on core activities without the hassle of frequent tube or bulb replacements.

Enhanced Safety and Productivity

Correct illumination and lux levels are paramount in ensuring a safe and productive working environment within factories. LED lighting offers superior quality of light compared to conventional light sources, providing brighter and more uniformed illumination across the factory floor. Moreover, LED lighting emits little to no UV radiation and produces minimal heat, making it safer to operate in closer proximity to workers and sensitive materials. These characteristics not only contribute to a safer work environment but also helps in maintaining optimal working conditions, especially in facilities where lux levels are important.

This safer working environment is further enhanced by replacing old and easily breakable glass fluorescent tubes with 5ft non noncorrosive linear fittings, also known as vapour proof light fittings. Vapour-proof is an old term that has been carried into the modern age of LED, being IP65 rated and nowadays, typically impact rated to IK08, they are clearly a far superior factory light fitting in every conceivable way.  Vapour Proof Non-Corrosive Linear LEDs typically come in two outputs, single output OV80151 and double output OV80152 and both will cut your energy consumption by around 50% when compared to old fluorescent tube fittings.       

Furthermore, the quality of light provided by LED fixtures can replicate more natural and pleasant light colours, which are shown to positively impact shopfloor productivity, alertness, and well-being. The most popular kelvin colour is 4000k, also known as cool white. Our round factory LED low and high bays however are now available in what is known as correlated colour temperature, or CCT for short. These CCT factory LEDs allows your electrician, at the flick of a switch, to choose a kelvin colour of your choice, typically 4000k cool white or 6500kelvin daylight. Using these circular LED fittings as an example, they are often referred to in the trade as UFO high or low bays given their circular shape. A 100watt is known as a OXHL100 whereas the next size up is a 150watt OXHL150 and this style of light fitting typically provides you with a with a 60% saving when compared to the old SON lamps.          

 Studies have indicated that adequate lighting can reduce eyestrain, alleviate fatigue, and enhance concentration, leading to higher levels of productivity and efficiency among factory workers. By investing in LED lighting, factories can create a more comfortable and conducive working environment that fosters employee satisfaction and engagement.

Environmental Sustainability

In addition to the economic and operational benefits, LED lighting aligns with the growing emphasis on environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility. LED lights are significantly more eco-friendly than traditional lighting options due to their lower energy consumption and longer lifespan. By reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, factories can decrease their carbon footprint and contribute to global efforts to mitigate climate change.

Furthermore, LED lighting contains no harmful substances such as mercury, which is commonly found in fluorescent bulbs. This means that LED fixtures are easier to dispose of and pose less risk to the environment and public health. By embracing LED technology, factories can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability while also complying with increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

Government Incentives and Support

Recognising the potential benefits of LED lighting in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, governments around the world, including the U.K., have implemented various incentives and support programs to encourage businesses to adopt energy-efficient lighting solutions. These initiatives may include grants, rebates, tax incentives, and lower-interest loans aimed at offsetting the upfront costs associated with upgrading to LED lighting.


In conclusion, LED lighting is revolutionising the way factories illuminate their facilities in the United Kingdom and beyond. With its unparalleled energy efficiency, longevity, safety benefits, and positive impact on productivity and sustainability, LED lighting has emerged as the illumination of choice for forward-thinking businesses in the manufacturing sector. By making the switch to LED lighting, factories can not only reduce operating costs and enhance operational efficiency but also create safer, more comfortable, and environmentally sustainable workplaces for their employees. As the technology continues to evolve and costs further decrease, the widespread adoption of LED lighting in factories is poised to accelerate, illuminating the path towards a brighter and more sustainable future for industrial production.

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