Effects of Optimized Color Temperature Lighting in Manufacturing Plants

Color Temperature Lighting

The color temperature lighting inside manufacturing plants can affect productivity rates of workers.

High color temperature ratings (found in industrial buildings, hospitals, labs and more) are commonly associated with increased productivity and work efficiency, while low color temperature ratings (found in restaurants, hotels, residential homes and more) have an opposite effect, causing individuals to feel tired and unproductive.

What is Optimized Color Temperature?

Optimized color temperature simply refers to color temperature levels in the range of 5,000K or higher. At this level, the light beams closely resemble natural lighting. Compared to low color temperature settings, the light is noticeably whiter, with less traces of warm or orange-like characteristics.

Above 5,000K, light beams will start to appear whiter and brighter, as well as slightly bluish. To improve brightness, some manufacturing plants may choose to paint the walls and supporting structures (poles, pillars and etc.) with a bright color, such as white or yellow.

In manufacturing facilities, LED lights that incorporate high color temperature levels include the following: high bay LEDs, linear LED lighting systems, recessed panel lights, portable LED light towers and more.

Effects inside Manufacturing Plants

As mentioned earlier, optimized color temperature levels can boost productivity inside manufacturing sites. This is due to the suppression of melatonin inside the body. Red light has the opposite effect on humans, causing one’s body to produce more of the hormone (during exposure).

With increased alertness, safety is greatly improved in the building. Exposure to optimized color temperature lighting is associated with less accidents and human errors. For quality assurance and product inspections on the manufacturing floor, such color temperature levels may help detect defects and boost color recognition.

Lastly, high color temperature settings in lighting systems allow operators to work longer without getting tired, because such light settings are related to decreased eye strain.