The Importance of Lighting in Food Production Centers

Food production is a very important industry and lighting plays a crucial role here. Lighting failure in any production center can lead to a costly production interruption. Of course, it can also lead to problems that threaten people's health. Lighting in food production facilities must be safe, long-lasting and energy efficient. It must meet safety standards for food production and be resistant to water, dust and moisture.

It is also very important that the luminaire is structurally sound and impact resistant. If parts of the luminaire or broken glass fall into the food, this can cause serious health problems if not taken care of. Proper lighting is crucial not only for production and operation but also for staff productivity. The right brightness and a comfortable working environment gives people an enhanced sense of security. People work more efficiently where they feel safe.

A lighting level of 600-700 lux is desired throughout food production facilities. Different lighting is required in different parts of the production facility. A light level of 1200 lux is sufficient in areas where visual control of food is performed, 800 lux in the packaging section, 800 lux in the maintenance and repair section. To achieve these lighting levels in food production facilities, high bay and low bay lights, waterproof luminaires, linear industrial lights and LED panels are used. In addition, 400-500 lux lighting will be sufficient in administrative offices, locker rooms and material stores.

Food plants are very important facilities in terms of hygiene. Therefore, it is important that the materials (cable carriers) to be used for lighting prevent dust, dirt and the formation of animal pests. They should be open and washable, and products that offer protection above IP67 and have antibacterial properties should be used. It is also important to use stainless steel products.

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