Warehouses and logistics centres are often very large. They are also often high, for an efficient use of the space. Although we, when we think about warehouses, see row after row of tall storage racks, but they may also contain packing areas and loading/unloading bays so it follows that the lighting must be adapted to the height and how the surfaces are used. A distribution centre may have a higher usage rate than the storage areas in a production industry.

Here we have planned with InduLED medium beam, 12,000 lumens in a warehouse aisle. In this solution the luminaires are closer together than in the solution below where Hero is used, therefore providing a vertical light on stored goods giving better uniformity.


This solution is planned with medium beam Hero 12,000 lumens in the same aisle. We need fewer luminaires but we lose a little uniformity on the vertical surfaces.



Packing can be automated or manual, but there are always staff on hand to ensure that the right things get in the right package at the right pallet. A good light facilitates the visual task and helps to avoid mistakes. The minimum requirement is 300 lux, but at the manual packing table we should strive for 500 lux.

Here we have wide beam Hero 12,000 lumens that provides good, maintenance-free, light from significant heights without compromising lighting comfort, glare control and energy efficiency.

The area is used intensively at certain times of the day and more sporadic at others, depending on when deliveries are made. A simple control system can dim the lights when the surface is not used, and ensure that there is light when required. Whatever the time, goods and documents are handled and it’s important that staff can read labels and shipping documents without difficulty. A mistake may result in a disappointed client on the phone the following day. The requirement is 300 lux.

Here we have used InduLED wide beam, 12,000 lumens, with line prism for enhanced glare control and lighting comfort for those working in the space.


Think of this

Lighting design on a large scale

The higher warehouse racks, the more light is required to reach all the way down the aisle. As for warehouse, 12464-1 states that spaces that used continuously, where it requires little perception of details, shall be illuminated to 200 lux. Manned aisles must have at least 150 lux at floor level. In an aisle not used continuously it is enough with 100 lux at floor level. In terms of vertical illumination is 50 lux the minimum requirement but you should aim for at least half the level of the horizontal value.

Lighting design on a small scale

Often warehouses are planned as a large area, but also a warehouse has workplaces where people work in front of a terminal, pack goods on a bench or handle shipping documents. Plan for a little extra light here and (the) staff have a much better chance of doing a good job. Here it is considered a workplace for continuous work and 500 lux is desirable. 

Lighting control and energy saving

Part of the assessment of how the warehouse functions should be a review of how the building actually works and is used. It may not be necessary to illuminate the entire warehouse all of the time. Lighting controls are becoming a regular component of aisle and storage areas lighting schemes. If there is no one in an aisle, then the lighting automatically dims to a lower level, reducing energy spend, then dims up when the fork lift operator enters.