Case study for fully-installed "change-of-use" lighting and heating
Planning the lighting before stock and staff arrived allowed electrical installation to be carried out in a safe, empty space.
Understanding the way our clients work in the building:
We visited to learn the flow of products and staff around the site. We learned that a conveyor would deliver the raw product to staff who carry out detailed inspection and assembly work.
Surveying: Building had no existing lighting or heating
We surveyed the building to create a 3d computer model to allow us to show our client the lighting-effect.
We also tested lighting-effects:
estimating the light-level in the production area to ensure it would be sufficient
for energy-efficiency we wanted to restrict number of lights in transit areas
checking whether shadows have been reduced by choice of lighting-type
Computer simulation testing LED light-levels.
Completed LED lighting and emergency lighting
Awaiting installation of gas radiant heating
When should you use radiant heating?
Radiant heating was chosen because the entire space did not need heat as some areas are only used for transit or storage. The packing area where staff work is in a defined area approx 15m x 50m. The radiant heating was designed to provide heat in a uniform way above this area.
Is gas or electric heating better in a warehouse?
Electric radiant heating is more controllable and uses less carbon. But in a building this size the client felt the cost to run the system would be a lot lower, and the incoming electrical supply would not have been able to cope with sufficient electric radiant heaters.
Designing the radiant heating system
It is vital to design the system to provide suitable heat-levels without wastage. The lighting and heating has been mounted at the same height to avoid any effects on the lights from potential overheating.