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Warehousing costs can account for almost 10% of a company’s revenue, with heating and lighting the two largest energy users. Clearly, warehouse-heavy businesses could benefit from more efficient lighting and HVAC systems. Induction lighting is one possibility that may cost more upfront, but could reduce operational costs over the longer term.

Here’s what the US Department of Energy says about induction lighting:

Induction lighting is one of the best kept secrets in energy-efficient lighting. Simply stated, induction lighting is essentially a fluorescent light without electrodes or filaments, the items that frequently cause other bulbs to burn out quickly. Thus, many induction lighting units have an extremely long life of up to 100,000 hours. To put this in perspective, an induction lighting system lasting 100,000 hours will last more than 11 years in continuous 24/7 operation, and 25 years if operated 10 hours a day. – DOE

Some additional benefits are described in this infographic, courtesy of sustainable energy products provider Adattsi:

warehouse infographic




  • Tom G.

    Seems to me the first thing they should do it turn OFF the first 4 rows of overhead lights when the sun is shining. Where are the skylights? Don’t see any of those either. Also I don’t see any insulation applied to the underside of the steel roofing or fire prevention spraying on glulam beams. Of course the insulation could be installed on top of the roofing but why not both? And where is the ventilation [exhaust] system. I see a ceiling heater [natural gas or propane] with duct work. I sure hope there is a proper slope on that vent piping?

    And automation – where is the automation? Don’t see a single automated system anywhere in sight. Just a whole bunch of people sitting at desks doing what? Who is running around filling orders? Oh I almost forgot to mention this. Turn the light fixture reflectors the other way around or upside down if you will. This would allow each tube to shine more light on adjacent areas. Current fixture reflectors are installed like this /-o- . Reflectors should be turned upside down like this -o-/. Hope this makes sense to someone?

    Good article and of course induction lighting would help reduce costs but this company needs a whole lot more help finding ways to reduce costs. Of course I assume [I love that word] they have solar PV on the roof :-)

    Have a great day.