Which Lighting Is Best for a Commercial or Industrial Space?

No matter what kind of industrial or commercial building you operate, lighting is key. If you’re inviting customers and clients inside, it can dramatically affect their impression of the place. If you own an industrial building, lighting is important for productivity and quality control. You have a lot of options, so here’s how to choose either commercial or industrial lighting in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, TX.

What kind of lighting do you want?

There are three main lighting types: incandescent, fluorescent and LED. Each has their advantages and drawbacks, but LEDs are increasingly becoming the wave of the future:

  • Incandescent: Incandescent lights are increasingly outdated, but they’re popular as decorative choices (think Tesla bulbs). Since they burn at a higher temperature than fluorescent and LED bulbs, they’re more expensive to run and can present a fire hazard. However, they give off a beautiful warm glow. If you’re considering incandescent bulbs, use them sparingly for accent lighting. They’re great for bars and other places where atmosphere is a must.
  • Fluorescent: Fluorescent bulbs are often seen in offices, department stores and industrial spaces. Because they’re super bright (and unflattering), you need to be careful about placement and how many you install. They can quickly overwhelm a space and make it too bright, especially if you have natural light coming in, too. Note that like incandescent bulbs, fluorescent bulbs have a higher operating cost and are not particularly great for the environment.
  • LED: LED lighting is gaining in popularity because it’s energy efficient, operates at a cooler temperature and can be customized for just about any lighting situation you need. Whether you want romantic restaurant lighting or bright office or industrial lighting, LEDs are quite versatile—and will save you a lot of money to run.

What kind of fixtures are you considering?

Next, you’ll need to decide what kind of fixtures you’re thinking about using. Be sure to factor in what kind of natural light you have, and whether your business frequently runs before and after daylight hours. Bars and restaurants will have much different needs than offices and industrial plants.

Panel lights are popular in office spaces, particularly those that use fluorescent bulbs—however, modern fixtures and wiring can make LED panel lighting a possibility. These tend to be somewhat diffused cold white light, which means they’re not particularly flattering for clothing stores or anywhere else you want your customers to feel good about their appearance.

Track lights can accommodate a number of different lighting types, but LEDs are currently the most popular. They allow you to direct light wherever you need, and you can choose bulbs based on the color temperature you prefer.

Accent lighting is also a great choice, especially if you’re trying to create an atmosphere. While you might opt for old-school incandescent bulbs, there might be a better LED option.

To learn more about commercial and industrial lighting in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, TX, get in touch with C & F Electrical today. We’d be glad to schedule a consultation to discuss your needs.