LED Lighting for Walk in Coolers and Cold Storage
Shop for LED cooler lights and cold storage lighting fixtures. Discover how they can reduce overhead, improve visibility, and reduce costs.
The costs of running a cold storage business are enormous. This is because lighting these spaces is a large part of the operating expense. Most light sources produce heat and add to a facility’s cooling costs. The cold temps affect traditional bulbs performance and increase a facility's maintenance costs.
Commercial refrigeration eats up 7% of all electricity used by the U.S retail building sector. In fact, refrigeration costs are half the energy costs for cooling facilities. Cold storage rooms have a temperature range of 0 to 15 degrees. While freezing rooms have to maintain temperatures as low as -40° Celsius.
Both fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lamps generate heat when in operation. HID bulbs not only consume a lot of electricity, they also produce a lot of heat. The light shifts and they have long startup times. They also function poor in cold environments. Freezing temperatures shorten their lifetimes.
A fluorescent lamp has a ballast that releases at least 10% of its input power as infrared energy. This component releases up to 10 watts of heat for a cluster of a hundred. These bulbs can increase the temperatures of a 13 sq. ft. space by up to 39° F in an hour!
The system has to work on overdrive to compensate for the heat, impacting its costs. And with energy costs rising, it's imperative to cut costs for the cold storage businesses.
Projects like improving the buildings insulation or system optimization could help. But, the light inefficiency is easy to solve through LED walk-in cooler lights.
LEDs produce very little infrared energy and are very energy efficient. They use both lower wattages and voltages than other bulbs and last longer. Energy efficient LEDs use up to 60% less than other traditional lighting sources. Yet, LEDs like LED Low Bay Lights, used in wet and cold environments are not ordinary LEDs.
These extreme environments need vapor-tight lights. Which are light fixtures with an IP67 or upper IP Code Rating. LED vapor-tight lights are sturdy light fixtures that are waterproof. They have a metallic fixture liner, placed in reinforced fiberglass or PU casing coupled with a high collision diffuser.
This design makes sure that no water gets into the light's electrical components. These lights can be ceiling lights or mounted vertical. There's safety and comfort at work with desired light intensities at low temperatures.
The Lighting Required In Walk In Cooler
Most cold and freezing rooms are food storage spaces and require LED fixtures that must be:
Easy To Clean
The design of the luminaire should allow for easy removal of impurities by brushing or hosing down through high-pressure cleaners. This means that the lighting fixtures require the correct high IP protection to ensure that they are not damaged by water.
The use of the right material in design ensures that the light fixture is robust and will last longer. The cold environment will subject the light fixture to a lot of mechanical damage, so it should be designed with this in mind. LED walk-in cooler lights should also withstand electromagnetic interference while working.
Little Heat Production
All LED light fixtures for use in cold rooms should emit very little heat. They must work correctly in the low-temperature environment and should achieve an average of 150 lux.
LED lighting for cold rooms should be virtually maintenance-free, eliminating the need for high labor costs and the frequent replacement of burnt out luminaires.
Low Energy Consumption
Some LEDs consume less energy than others. If these are used in cold rooms, they will have significantly lower operational costs compared to conventional light sources. The initial costs for LED lighting could be higher than for traditional light sources, but their low maintenance and energy consumption counterbalance the costs. These two factors ensure that the money invested on LED technology is recouped quickly.
LED Walk-in Cooler Lights We Offer
LED Vapor-Tight Light Fixtures
These light fixtures are perfect for large indoor spaces. They're either surface mounted or suspended from ceilings. Manufactured with a high-quality alloy of aluminum makes them resistant to corrosion. They also have polycarbonate lenses which can endure corrosive cleaning agents.
Coolers can contain moisture. That's exactly why we have our line of vapor tight lighting for walk in coolers to keep out this moisture. In a freezer, allowing any type of moisture into a fixture can be detrimental to the light and its lifespan. With the vapor tight design, it prevents this issue from every occurring. Be ensured that your new LED lighting system for your cooler or freezer will keep out the moisture. It will maintain a long lifespan with our LED vapor proof light fixture for walk in coolers and freezers.
Another incredible way to cut replacement is with LED cooler light retrofit kits. These kits reduce replacement costs and have all the LED benefits including rebates.
You may have a cold storage warehouse in need of high bay retrofits that withstand the cold temps. Or you need some beverage cooler LED light retrofit kits for a walk in cooler. Even if you need it for LED refrigerated display case lighting... we can cover either and everything in-between.
Benefits of LED Waterproof Lights for Cold Facilities
To preserve room temperatures, cold storage warehouses and refrigeration facilities have few windows. In these environments, high-quality lighting is crucial for efficiency and safety.
When choosing a lighting source, it is important to pick one that is of high quality and efficient. It will turn your cold room into a low maintenance facility that doesn't eat into energy budgets. LEDs vapor-tight lights are made with these facilities in mind and the many advantages include:
1. Low Heat Emissions
LED vapor-tight lights give off minimum infrared energy and max light, saving on electric bills. Traditional light sources burn filaments, gases or electrodes to produce light, but LEDs do not. LEDs have no oxidation or evaporation processes, so they do not generate much heat. They are perfect for cold rooms because they help keep cold rooms cold.
Other bulbs produce a lot of heat. It forces the cooling unit to work harder to bring the room temperatures back down. This drives your energy costs through the roof. The high heat from traditional light sources also damages function of the facility.
LED heat sinks are designed to extract the little heat LEDs produce and cool it. They prevent it from affecting the controlled environment of a walk-in cooler facility. LED vapor-tight lights can help cut your energy costs by up to 20% compared to ordinary LED lights.
LED lights produce more light per watt, resulting in lower energy usage. This economic feature helps create a more productive cold room facility.
LED lights can outlast traditional light sources by up to 20 times. This translates to fewer replacements as well as efficient and reliable light sources.
Sturdy light sources are perfect for use in cold storage environments. They may face a lot of abuse from forklifts, trolleys, or pallets. Glass bulbs are easy to shatter and are brittle are ill-fitted for these environments. LED vapor-tight lights have hardy plastic diodes, which resist damage in busy environments.
LED lighting is adaptable and has a wide array of options, which means that it can customize to any setting. It integrates well with lighting control systems, boosting user comfort, productivity, and safety. When paired with intelligent systems, LED vapor-tight lights become smarter solutions for cold storage facilities.
LED lights pair well with power monitoring units and networked sensors. Communicating to facility managers on matters about power usage and light maintenance schedules.
HID lamps have lengthy warm-up and restrike periods, but LEDs can switch on and off on demand. They also perform better and hit max efficiency in colder temperatures.
Walk in coolers and freezers need lighting that can withstand the conditions, and LED do that. In fact, due to the cold environment it can actually increase the lifespan of an LED due to it never getting too hot. Our cold storage freezer LED light fixtures maintain great output in low temperatures. And maintain a long lifespan of 50,000+ hours. So whether you need walk in cooler or freezer LED light fixtures they withstand the temps.
HIDs and fluorescents emit UV light, have harmful mercury and glass casings. Unlike that LEDs are solid state lights. They're resistant to vibrations and shock compared to brittle glass tubes with thin filament wires.
Reducing costs becomes practical and sustainable with LED lights for walk-in cooler applications. With energy savings up to 75%, you can reduce a tremendous amount of energy consumption. A cold room lighting system saves with longer lifespans, reduced maintenance costs, and rebates.
Lumens (lm) tell us the amount of visible light (light seen by the human eye) produced by a light source. Low energy-consumption LED lights give more light with less power use. A LED lamp of 6.5W, for example, will provide a quality of light like that of a 50W halogen bulb.
This means that the LED will use 87% less energy than the halogen bulb and yet give the same quality of light. LEDs convert most of the electricity they draw into light rather than heat. As the technology improves by the day, more and more lumens will produce from fewer watts.
The color rendering index rates how a light source reveals colors of objects to the human eye. High CRI levels are better for color-critical applications such as food grading facilities. The highest CRI value is 100, and LED lighting has excellent color rendering abilities of up to 98.
This rating defines the effectiveness against the intrusion of dirt, dust, or water. It's an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard. LED lights for cold environments need the correct IP ratings to ensure safety for wet conditions.
The first number of this 2-figure rating indicates protection against solid object intrusion. The second number rates the fixture’s protection levels against liquids. The liquid rating starts at 1 for protection against slow drips. It continues to 8 for complete protection in submerged watery environments.
|Level||Particulate protected against|
|1||Drips of water|
|2||Drips of water when the light is tilted to 15°|
|6||Powerful water jets|
|7||Immersion up to 1 meter deep|
|8||Beyond the 1m depth of immersion|
Vapor proof light fixtures are strong die-cast exterior casings. This protects the lamps’ wiring and socket mechanism. Protection against moisture, vapors, non-explosive gases, corrosive fumes, and non-combustible dust. For the cold storage facilities and walk-in coolers, the most common fixtures are:
IP65 Rated Fixtures
These protect against the intrusion from smaller water jets during hose downs. They're completely protected from dust.
IP 66 Rated Fixtures
They can withstand water from powerful 0.5-inch nozzles during cleaning. They completely protect from dust.
IP67- IP68 Rated Fixtures
If the situation calls for lights submerged in water, these are the light fixtures to go for. They are also protected from dust.
LED walk-in cooler lights have many advantages over traditional cooler lights. They are waterproof, have no clunky, energy-wasting ballasts – and use less energy. They emit negligible heat. Something that makes them the perfect lighting solutions for cold storage facilities.