Importance of LED Lighting in Food Processing Facilities

There are many requirements for the use of fixtures in food facilities. It is very important to choose lighting that is suitable for your facility and will not disrupt your production. Raw materials, packaging, product inspection, processing, storage, etc. in food processing facilities. There are sections. There should be luminaires with comfortable and suitable brightness for each section mentioned.

For example, luminaire selection is very important for employees in the product inspection area to see the product clearly. If there is a broken, damaged or other quality problem in the product or its packaging, it should be seen very clearly. For this reason, the luminaire should help the employees and provide as much brightness as necessary. Considering that employees will stay in that environment for long hours, employees should definitely not experience eye strain.

One of the most important issues in food processing facilities is the safety of the food produced. The produced product should leave the factory with the right analysis and be presented to the consumers. Every step of food processing is about optimizing production and not posing a hazard to the products. The most important thing to ensure this safety is lighting. During the product control, the lighting must work properly.

Some of the desired features from the lighting to be made in food processing facilities are as follows;

- Fixtures should be easy to clean. It should be without holes and smooth.

- It should not accumulate dust and prevent pests from coming. It should be resistant to corrosion.

It should be designed to reduce electrical shock, fire and mechanical injury.

- It must be resistant to high pressure and high temperatures.

Glass, screw, etc., as it may pose a risk in some of the food businesses. The use of materials may not be permitted. This is purely a matter of security. Appropriate lighting is very important for employees and product safety. Each section in the facilities should be equipped with LED lighting according to the size of the area and the way of use. Again, suitable lighting will save the business in energy costs.

The biggest reason for using LED lights in these businesses is to achieve high and clear visibility. Employees should have a clear awareness of product shape, location and appearance. In addition, lighting is important in the quality control and efficiency ratio made during production. Workers can avoid hazards and accidents while working or walking to a place. A clear vision concentrates people on work, does not create a feeling of fatigue in the eyes and does not cause distraction, which means everyone feels safe.


Material and Structure Design

The material of LED luminaires should be non-toxic. Non-toxic materials are very unlikely to damage products. It should also be easy to clean and able to withstand extreme temperatures. Durability of materials means minimizing maintenance costs for businesses.

LED lights are suspended from the ceiling with the help of pendants, hooks and chains. Lights are usually above production areas or raw material areas. It is important to use explosion proof lighting fixtures to prevent contamination of raw materials, products and equipment. This is the main reason why most LED lights are designed without glass. Lighting should not have gaps or openings that would allow particles such as bacteria and dust to leak into the preparation area. That's why screwless design is very important.

LED lights are important because they can reveal the color of the food exactly. Employees checking products for discoloration or other problems not only increase productivity, but also provide a clearer view of the product.

LED lights in food processing facilities should be designed to reduce dust and debris build-up, insect escalation, and other potential hazards. The smooth casing and non-exposed fasteners are free of dust, debris, etc. He should not attract things to himself. A well-designed LED light provides full protection and high performance to ensure production safety.

Cleanliness and sterile environment are very important in the food industry. Therefore, the luminaires used in this type of establishment should be resistant to all kinds of environmental factors. It is not only waterproof, but also must withstand wet and humid environments (sterilization is mandatory in the food industry). The higher the IP rating of the luminaires, the better the dust and waterproof effect.

If there is no proper lighting, recycling of food and beverage products may increase (damaged product, torn packaging, etc.), it may also decrease productivity within the facility, and as recycling increases, the profit margin of the business may naturally decrease.