How Lighting Affects Cold Storage

Cold storage facilities combine the efficiency of assembly, warehouse, and office functions into a single space. Not only do they require efficient climate control solutions, they also need cold storage lighting to keep workers productive and operations safe.

The Importance of Climate Controlled Lighting

The correct lighting helps workers do their job safely while preserving the quality of the items stored. When cold storage lighting is poor, workers can more easily experience headaches and eye fatigue that increases the possibility of errors and accidents. Insufficient lighting, poorly distributed light, glare, and flickering can also aid to feelings of distress, low moral, and sleep cycle disturbance.

Incorrect lighting and changes in light reflectance and ascorbic acid content also has an effect of foods during frozen storage. Incorrect lighting in cold storage units cannot only present a potential electronic hazard or failure, but lend to diminishing nutrients and loss of life. If you are setting up your cold storage facility on your own, it’s important to obtain expert advice and consultation on the appropriate lighting to use for your goods and temperatures.

Best Practices

Lighting in cold storage must be strong enough to withstand harsh environmental conditions, such as freezing or cool temperatures, vibrations, and humidity. They must also comply with local and federal safety, materials and fire codes. For proper illumination levels, it’s important to check with your local legislation.

However, keep in mind that light levels may need adjustment based on the average age of the workers, size of objects handles, level of detail required, and the task preformed.

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