Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder emphasises the importance of using correct lighting in oil refineries to ensure productivity and avoid injury.
It is important that quality lighting is ensured in busy working environments to enable people to work safely and accurately, says BEKA Schréder industrial branch manager Phillip Vermeulen.
“Research has shown that light plays a major role in employee wellbeing, satisfaction and retention in any workplace.”
He adds that, poor lighting, especially yellow or orange light from traditional discharge lamps, can cause eyestrain, blurred vision and headaches, which, in turn, can result in a significant cost to the business in the form of time lost, injuries, absenteeism and reduced productivity.
Vermeulen explains that lighting in oil refineries must, therefore, not cause glares or flickers, as this could initiate headaches and, eventually, so-called sick building syndrome. This syndrome effects occupants of buildings or construction-like sites causing them to feel acute health and comfort problems.
He adds that it may even cause employees to misjudge situations, potentially causing accidents.
Therefore, well-illuminated, glare-free light-emitting-diode (LED ) lighting can make employees more alert and improve concentration levels, consequently resulting in happier, safer employees who make fewer errors, says Vermeulen.
“The locally manufactured LEDNOVA, a robust and reliable LED bulkhead range developed as part of BEKA Schréder’s luminaires, offers a low watt per square metre (W/m2) to provide the correct light output – no more and no less,” he emphasises.
The company’s in-house lighting design team can also assist in ensuring an optimised lighting solution for oil refineries.
While traditional discharge lamps can have a colour rendering index (CRI) of less than 50, making it difficult for workers to discern colours and writing, BEKA Schréder’s LED luminaires boast a CRI of up to 80 or more – providing a much more natural colour, similar to natural daylight, for better perception.
Vermeulen explains that the company’s lighting solutions respect good practices and comply with local and international regulations to provide the required lighting levels to ensure the health and safety of all employees.
The LEDNOVA is designed for applications where a robust, performing luminaire is needed. “With a range of wattage, optics and mountings, it provides the customer with the versatility and flexibility to use this product in different applications,” says Vermeulen.
As a major supplier to the energy and chemicals industries, BEKA Schréder uses the LEDNOVA to drive the lighting specification and performance in all projects.
The product has continuously been updated with the latest LED technology since being launched in 2013, and will continue to evolve based on the LED technology advancements available.
The optimal photometric performance of and the corrosion-resistant materials used to manufacture the LEDNOVA help to ensure high reliability and high performance over time, creating a comfortable working environment for better productivity and quality of work.
BEKA Schréder offers a complete, high-quality lighting solution that results in reduced energy and maintenance costs while ensuring safety and comfort, Vermeulen concludes.