Often, we as designers overlook the basic idea of lighting inside large industrial enclosures. To my knowledge, there is no OSHA, MSHA or specific regulation requiring lighting inside enclosures. Lighting is totally an afterthought.  The need only arises after the system is running and a problem occurs—someone needs to troubleshoot the system.  Older plants have some challenges with overall bay or local lighting as a norm, the maintenance folks rely on flashlights, head lamps and drop lights to illuminate what they are working on.  Wouldn’t it be a novel idea to have the inside of an enclosure lit up with clear and easy-to-mount high intensity LEDs that have zero maintenance?

Data

Energy Savings Forecast

https://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/ssl/energysavingsforecast14.pdf

The “Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications” prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy in August 2014, states that LED lighting is projected to reduce lighting energy consumption by 15% in 2020 and 40% in 2030, which, in absolute terms, is 261 terawatt-hours or 3.0 quads saved in 2030.

LEDs keep getting better and Banner is one of the few industrial automation companies catering to us as designers. Who wants to use LEDs off of Ebay?

B&D Technologies’ Standard Practice

On larger enclosures, B&D uses Banner lights.

https://www.bannerengineering.com/us/en/solutions/enclosure-lighting.html#all

Our most common choice is the WLB32 industrial LED light bar because of its 120° beam angle that concentrates and directs light, producing exactly what we need while providing the convenience of handy magnetic mounting brackets.

Final Words

B&D Technologies’ advantageous partnership with Banner allows us to develop innovative, reliable and flexile solutions for our customers. Still unsure? Then let us take the next step and install a sample lighting solution. The simplicity and power opportunity will change your mind.

CTolbert DOE