What’s the difference between commercial, industrial and residential lighting?

outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting installations and upgrades come in all project shapes and sizes, including small residential ventures, medium-scale industrial plans all the way up to some larger proportion commercial lighting schemes. While you already know that each game plan requires illumination, what you probably don’t know is that an assortment of fixtures and bulbs may be required depending on which field you’re building or upgrading. That’s why we wanted to outline the similarities and differences between residential, industrial and commercial grade lighting.

What is residential lighting?

The light fixtures and bulbs that you use in and around your home, such as your kitchen, garage, garden and driveway. Although many lighting components are best suited to either indoor or outdoor conditions.

What is industrial lighting?

The light fixtures and bulbs that are used in various manufacturing buildings and factories are built specifically suited to industrial lighting. Many industrial lights are more durably equipped to withstand tougher, more hazardous conditions in places such as chemical plants, mines or refineries.  

What is commercial lighting?

The lights and fixtures that are used in any type of business that isn’t manufacturing, such as hotels, restaurants, retail shops, warehouses and offices are considered commercial lights. Also, the outdoor lighting that is seen in your city, such as public street lamps, bridges and what surrounds government buildings is also typically commercial grade lighting.

How do these lighting systems differ?

The key things to consider between all the varied fixtures and bulbs are flexibility, energy efficient and maintenance costs. However, each type of indoor or outdoor lighting is versatile to the needs of the industry it’s used in.

  • Residential lighting: The lighting fixtures and bulbs that are used in and around your home are generally the cheapest and offer the shortest lifespan. However, there are many LED and low voltage products on the market that is changing this perception. The best part about residential lighting is that it’s also the cheapest to operate, requiring a small amount of maintenance (replacing bulbs etc.) and even comes with a reasonable warranty on the fixtures.
  • Industrial lighting: Generally speaking, industrial lighting fixtures and bulbs are significantly more expensive because they’re manufactured to endure rougher conditions (sparks flying from welding, heavy items falling on or near them etc.). However, industrial lights are able to provide a high level of durability and usually come with a longer warranty than your traditional lighting fixtures.
  • Commercial lighting: The lighting fixtures and bulbs that are used in and around commercial buildings cost a mid-level amount because the initial outlay takes longer. The lighting products are more expensive than residential lighting, but they typically last longer and are made to enduring harsher conditions. The best part about commercial lighting is that there are more options for energy savings because you’re typically able to buy low voltage commercial products in bulk. The downside is that upgrades and installations usually involve hiring a contractor to do the work which limits the ability for many commercial properties to perform regular maintenance.

What fixtures do you have in your home or business? Post in the comments section below to join in on the discussion.

 

Alex Wilks is the Social Media & Content Creator for Trek Marketing. Her work has been featured on Global News, Black Press Media, andthe Kwantlen Chronicle

Environmentally friendly lighting for your health and well-being

LED garden lighting

While you probably already know that exceptional lighting is one of the most important elements to consider within and around your home, you most likely didn’t know that choosing eco-friendly lighting options is visceral for your health and well-being. When you surround yourself with efficient lighting you have the ability to dictate the comfort, mood and happiness reverberating throughout your home. In fact, some studies suggest that natural light exposure positively affects your immune system, your circadian rhythms — sleep cycle and hormones — and even possesses the ability to help with conditions such as depression, immune problems, diabetes and cancer. Having a lower energy bill means that you aren’t as stressed about the cost, so, since we all want to live a long, healthy life, here are a few simple ways that you can reduce your energy consumption.

Change around your bulbs

Sometimes something as simple as upgrading your light bulbs has the potential to make a world of impact. CFLs or compact fluorescent lights are high-quality bulbs that offer homeowners a more economical lighting solution. The best part is these lighting upgrades power illumination with a lower amount of energy and heat than it takes for an incandescent bulb to do the same thing. By replacing your 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFL you will likely gain ten times the amount of energy over its lifespan. That being said, LED garden lighting is an even more sustainable option than your typical bulb because they too, use far less energy, produce more light and possess a longer lifespan.

Bring on the LEDs

If you’ve been searching for a more energy-efficient lighting solution, perhaps an upgrade to LED garden lighting or a simple LED bulb swap within your home would put you on the path to a healthier, more economic lifestyle.

While natural lighting is obviously the most environmental and healthy choice, LED lighting exuberates vibrant rays of illumination and is the next best thing in terms of artificial lighting.

How do LEDs impact your health?

Unlike conventional lights, LED lights emit at specific wavelengths that directly affect our health and circadian rhythm. Here are four health benefits of LED lighting.

  • LEDs help decrease headaches: Light sensitivity is a common cause of many headaches and migraines. So, for those who suffer, LED lighting can actually help improve comfort levels by changing the lighting within the room.
  • LEDs decrease stress and anxiety levels: Humans naturally thrive on the benefits of sunlight, so we can struggle with behavior and mood changes when we’re lacking vitamin D in our diets. That being said, LED bulbs have the ability to mimic the mood effects of natural light and imitate the complex nature of daylight to help improve health and wellness.
  • LEDs increase our learning performance: LED lighting technology takes a lot of the stress out of learning and working — there’s no tiredness from overhead fluorescents or any unpleasant flickering. This technology possesses mild thermal conditions, beautiful lighting design and quality that doesn’t impact our moods, our cognitive function or our overall performance.
  • LEDS help us sleep better: Especially during long winter months, LED lights help with our production of melatonin — a natural hormone that allows us to relax and sleep. This response, which usually happens naturally through sunlight exposure, has the ability to cause depression, decrease productivity and upset our sleep patterns. Thankfully, LEDs lights have the power to mimic sunlight!

What are your thoughts on LED garden lights now that you know how they can positively impact your health? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

Alex Wilks is the Social Media & Content Creator for Trek Marketing. Her work has been featured on Global News, Black Press Media, andthe Kwantlen Chronicle