HAS THE LIGHTING AT YOUR FACILITY BECOME A SORE SIGHT?
Take a stroll through these five properties that ran afoul of energy, safety, and
functionality issues and which fixtures facility managers selected to restore
illumination. Then turn to page 28 to read about quick tips that will help keep
your retrofit project on track.
COMPILED BY JENNIE MORTION, SENIOR EDITOR
To fulfill its agricultural mission, Monsanto is reliant on quality illumination in its warehouses. In 2014, the corporation began searching for fixtures that could be used throughout its facilities to upgrade outdated HID lighting that was diminishing productivity and safety. The company selected a production site in Grinnell, IA, to test lighting tech- nologies. The facility had two industrial spaces that were equipped with aging
440W metal halides. The old lighting created several issues:
■ The lower energy efficiency had become a challenge to the facilities staff to meet
■ Performance varied greatly depending on temperature. When operating in the cold
weather, the lamps were unable to provide the full output needed to illuminate properly.
■ Bulk storage bins line the facility and can be stacked as high as 15 feet, which blocks
lighting. This created lighting uniformity issues and dark spots throughout the aisles.
Minimizing safety risks for forklift operators was also a key reason for the upgrade.
Metal halide consumed too
much energy to meet
sustainability goals and
extreme lighting contrasts
created safety hazards.
Switching to LED high bays
supports visual comfort with
even distribution and saves
190W per fixture.
BOOSTED BY INTEGRATED
MONSANTO PRODUCTION FACILITY | GRINNELL, IOWA