Industrial Wall Lights – Vertical Lighting For Factories & Warehouses

The biggest spaces in an industrial building are lit from above, since this provides a wide spread of uniform light under which to work. So where will industrial wall lights be used? You get no points for saying “on walls”.

Some industrial buildings are simply designed, but many are sprouted with corridors, offices, restrooms, storerooms, washrooms, and utility rooms. These ancillary areas are more likely to use wall lights, perhaps at doorways, or to avoid taking up space on low ceilings, or for emergency lighting purposes. Outside, wall lights are useful for lighting paths or entranceways.

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Industrial lights are robustly built and often made from polycarbonate. This shatter-resistant material is difficult to damage by accident or vandalism and is unaffected by corrosion. Polycarbonate fittings are ideal for coastal regions, too, as they are invulnerable to airborne salt.

An example of this kind of product is the Horizon Bulkhead. Inexpensive to buy and run, this tough fitting is at home in industrial environments. It has a dust-tight construction and can withstand downpours of rain or low-pressure jets of water.

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting remains switched on during a loss of mains power. It is divided into two main types: escape and standby lighting.

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In an industrial building, it may be necessary to close down hazardous processes before evacuation to avoid greater risk of life. This is the purpose of ‘standby lighting’. The Eterna Twin Spot Emergency Fitting can fulfil this role, with two adjustable spotlight heads that can be aimed exactly as needed. It can also be used in open areas to ensure visibility during escape. Note that this is a non-maintained fitting, which means it only activates during a power cut.

The Eterna Emergency Bulkhead is another non-maintained emergency fitting. In conjunction with a separately available legend set, it can be used for escape route applications, directing staff, visitors, or emergency services towards the nearest exit points.

Outdoor lights & IP ratings

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Outdoor industrial lights are characterised by functionality, with less emphasis on aesthetics. An IP rating is given to all outdoor lights. This tells you how resistant the fitting is to ingress of solid objects and liquids. For example, an IP54 fitting would keep out most dust and be rain-resistant. An IP65 fitting would be dust-tight and resistant to rain and low-pressure jets of water (making it easier to clean).

A weatherproof luminaire, suitable for industrial use, is the Eterna 11W IP65 LED Bulkhead. This fitting throws out 700 lumens of light, which is equal to a 60W filament bulb, and is ideal for lighting building entrances or pathways. It can be used in wet indoor areas, too, particularly where a low ceiling makes wall lights more practical. Wall lights around doorways are often a useful safety element, as they lessen the briefly blinding effect of walking from bright areas into dimmer ones.

An IP44 rating is something of a threshold in outdoor lighting. It means the fitting offers good all-round protection against ingress of rain and solid objects (above 1mm width). The Salcombe Round Bulkhead is IP44 rated and protected against damage by an enveloping steel cage.

Also rated at IP44 is the ESP GuardCam LED Security Floodlight. This multifunctional security light is triggered when it senses movement, and it records video or still photos of intruders. The GuardCam even includes an audible warning, which can play your own message or pre-recorded alarms.

Lighting technologies

A vital consideration for any large or complex industrial building is the type of lighting used and how economical it is to run. High-bay ceiling lights often use economical HID lamps or fluorescent tubes. Wall lights needn’t be expensive to run, either, especially now that LED technology is mature.

Vertical thinking

Wall lights are a logical solution to many industrial lighting needs.

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Spotlighting Exactly Where You Need It

Bulbs like the GLS, golf ball, or candle are popular in households. They have an omnidirectional light that illuminates whole rooms. Conversely, a spotlight emits a directional beam of light, but this narrower output widens its versatility.

The commonest spotlights are GU10 and MR16 reflectors. Both measuring 50mm across, the first is a mains powered bulb and the second low voltage. This article illustrates the value of spotlights for general, accent, and task lighting purposes.

General lighting

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General lighting encompasses all ambient light, including window light. It enables everyday activity. After dark, it is often provided by a central pendant and maybe supplemented by wall lights.

An alternative way of casting broad light into a room is by aiming a flood-beamed 40° or 45° spotlight at a nearby pale wall or surface. This softens the light, removes glare, and creates a greater feeling of space in smaller rooms.

Surface-mounted spotlights or recessed fittings suit this type of general lighting. The Astro Taro Single Downlight has a 35° tilt adjustment that is ideal for bouncing light off a wall. A suitable bulb for this application is the 40° Philips 5.5W Master LEDspot GU10.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting can be used to display artworks, highlight architectural features, or show off furnishings and décor. Sometimes it is used solely for decorative effect, picking out texture or creating an attractive pattern on bare walls.

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When lighting pictures, you’ll need a bulb with a suitable beam angle. A bulb with a 50° wide flood beam like the Sylvania Energy Saving Halogen GU10 is ideal for large pictures. A small to medium-sized picture needs a finer beam, as found in Lyco’s narrow flood 25° Energy Saving Halogen GU10.

Halogen lighting offers superb colour rendering, but is typically poor for energy efficiency. However, the best MR16 halogen spotlights boast a ‘B’ energy rating, matching many fluorescent lights. The Osram Decostar Energy Saving Halogen MR16 51S is an example. Low-voltage halogen bulbs deliver a perceptibly crisper light than 240V equivalents. They also last longer.

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Task lighting

Task lighting is for a specific activity and is often directed at surfaces like kitchen worktops or office desktops. Spotlights are perfect for this, as they deliver a focused, bright light exactly where needed.

Indirect spotlighting is effective with a bathroom mirror. Light aimed at the mirror from the ceiling reflects onto the face, giving good visibility for shaving or makeup application. A bulb with a narrow spot beam is useful here, as it will emit a more intense light (measured in candelas) than a flood-beam bulb. The Searchlight Aries 3 Light Plate has three adjustable spotlights and is IP44-rated for bathroom use.

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For discreet kitchen lighting, a recessed fitting like the JCC Fireguard LED6 Spotlight is suitable. The Fireguard doesn’t house a spotlight, as such, but uses six non-replaceable LEDs to create a 38° flood beam. One benefit of dedicated LED fittings is that their components work in perfect harmony, without the unknown quantity of a separate bulb. This is reflected in the 75,000-hour lifespan of Fireguard LED6 fittings.

Spotlight bars, track lighting or wire lights are good for task lighting applications in kitchens. Wire lights can be installed across any ceiling, irrespective of how even it is, and have an understated appearance. The Searchlight Thunder Wire Light System includes five halogen MR16 spotlights, which deliver a pleasing quality of light.

One benefit of LED spotlights is their availability in warm or cool white colours. Thus, if you wanted cool white light from the above-mentioned Thunder Wire Light System, you could replace the existing halogen bulbs with cooler LED MR16 retrofit bulbs.

Putting it all together

Spotlights are a versatile part of any lighting scheme, though care should be taken not to overuse them. Too much light looks flat and kills atmosphere, whereas a few well-chosen lamps and fittings improve visibility and enhance mood.

For extra inspiration, check out our diverse collection of spotlight fittings and track lighting systems.

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Ceiling fans for all year round energy savings

It doesn’t seem logical that a ceiling fan might save energy, since it uses electricity itself. You’d be forgiven for thinking it would only add to your bills. However, a ceiling fan is cheap to run and reduces the amount of air conditioning needed in the summer. If you’re already spending money on cooling a room, you can save up to 40% of those costs by installing a fan.

A bigger surprise for anyone that hasn’t considered a ceiling fan before is the scope for lowering heating costs in the winter. Many fans have a reverse, clockwise mode, which recirculates the warm air held at ceiling level and enhances heating efficiency. By allowing you to turn heating down, a fan may save 10% on the cost of warming a room.

The Key Facts

How a ceiling fan works

A ceiling fan cools the occupants of a room, but doesn’t cool the room itself. By circulating air, a fan helps the human body to lose heat through evaporation of sweat (identical in principle to wind chill). For this reason, it is pointless to run a fan in an empty room.

Room sizes

Ceiling fan size is chosen according to room size. You’ll need a fan that is big enough to be effective in the proposed space, otherwise you are certain to be disappointed by the results. The table below will guide you towards the right product.

Up to 60 square feet (5.6 m2) 30 to 39 inches
Up to 140 square feet (13 m2) 40 to 49 inches
Up to 350 square feet (32.5 m2) 50 to 60 inches


Fan blades and features

Ceiling fans usually have three to five fan blades and occasionally more. The number of blades is not a reliable indicator of performance, since other factors such as blade pitch and motor efficiency affect the fan’s ability to circulate air. Though they are rare, some ceiling fans have a single blade. Your buying decision should not be swayed by the number of blades.

A very common feature among ceiling fans is that they are reversible, with the top and underside of the blades finished differently. This is useful if you fancy changing the fan’s appearance or need to match a newly decorated room. Larger fans tend not to offer this and have a neutral white, grey, or silver finish to blend with commercial or industrial ceilings.

Fan lights

Because ceiling fans are often destined for the centre of a room, many of them also include a light. A fan light is an ideal replacement for an ordinary pendant, because it provides a source of ambient room lighting as well as a means of circulating air. Most fan lights accommodate a bulb, usually of a high enough wattage to allow a choice of technology. A halogen bulb offers exceptional light quality, but lacks energy efficiency and radiates heat, whereas an LED bulb coolly emits a high quality light while saving on running and maintenance costs. Your choice may vary depending on usage.

Ceiling height & accessories

For a fan to circulate air effectively, the distance between floor and blades should be between 7ft 6” and 9ft. Ceilings higher than 9ft will require use of a drop rod to lower the fan to a suitable height. These can usually be cut to size if necessary.

A drop rod is also needed if a fan is to be installed on a sloping surface. In that instance, sufficient space must be allowed for the blades to clear the angle of the ceiling.

In most cases, ceiling heights are likely to be within average range and adequately served by the product’s included fixings. The Fantasia Commercial Sweep 48 inch Ceiling Fan comes complete with 12” and 24” drop rods, which allows installation on a ceiling of up to 10 or 11 feet high, respectively.


Ceiling fans can usually be controlled in one of three ways: on/off pull cord, wall control, or remote control. Typically, you cannot have a remote control and a wall control installed at the same time, so those two options are mutually exclusive. Some fans come with a pull cord, but allow the possibility of upgrading. Other models are supplied with a remote or wall control as standard. Most offer a choice of three speed settings.


Our top-branded ceiling fans all come with manufacturer’s guarantees, for added peace of mind. Westinghouse offers a guarantee of 10 years on all of its fan motors. Fantasia fans carry guarantees of between 1 and 10 years, according to range.

Give it a whirl

Some electrical products are wrongly perceived as needless luxuries, when in fact they are economically sound purchases. Few people would claim that for a tumble dryer, but it is often said of a dishwasher, which uses hot water and detergent far more sparingly than the average human does. A ceiling fan is similar, consuming very little energy while relieving more power-hungry appliances of work.

Attractively priced and available in traditional or modern styles, ceiling fans offer money-saving comfort all the year round. Why not have a look at our full range of ceiling fans?

Please feel free to call our friendly sales team with any queries on 0843 317 7820.

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