use high bay sensors for energy efficiency in warehouse


Lighting energy constitutes over half the energy consumption of many warehouses, especially those with high bays. The use of sensors to control the lighting can save much of this energy and deliver a payback of under 7 months in most cases. Warehouse operators must take advantage of this technology to capture the savings while helping the environment.

Most low ceiling facilities like e-commerce warehouses or office spaces can use Passive Infrared Sensors to control the lighting. Using the motion they detect to turn the lights on/off as needed to conserve energy. In high bay warehouses the ceilings are almost at 10m height with racks extending up to the top. Most of these requires material handling equipment for moving goods and the pure walking human traffic for material movement that is seen in smaller warehouses is not present in these high bay locations. So PIR sensor will not work as well, and high bay microwave sensors must be considered as a solution for motion based lighting control. These can be placed at the ceiling level beside the light fixtures themselves, but the sensitivity must be carefully controlled to ensure that neighboring aisles are not impacted by the “bleeding” of the sensing area. BuildTrack offers such high bay microwave motion sensors, which are wired to BuildTrack Nodes that can be placed behind existing switches used for the aisle.

Typical savings are about 50% of the lighting energy consumption, and the payback is well under 1 year, usually just around 6-7 months. Every warehouse operator needs to consider this solution to prevent wastage of money and energy. Read our complete case study Click here

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