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When More Doesn’t Work, Try Different

when-more-doesnt-work-try-differentA factory’s maintenance department had been addressing lighting complaints by adding a fixture here and a fixture there.

But the plant engineer didn’t like the way this looked. It looked unplanned, because it was unplanned. And it wasn’t ending all of the complaints. In fact, it seemed that adding a light to fix a problem in one area would cause a complaint in another area.

The plant engineer brought in a lighting consultant. After taking measurements and jotting notes for several hours, he came up with some recommendations.

The basic problem was the lighting was uneven, thus the perception of shadows. The lighting was bright, but it was too directional. Instead of bouncing off of surfaces such as the wall, it created shadows no matter how many lights they kept adding.

He noticed two problems that were the primary contributors to this:

  1. The plant walls were painted either gun metal gray like the old battleships or a dark blue. These colors are not conducive to bouncing light off the walls.
  2. The existing fixtures did not have diffuser lenses.

The first problem could be solved with a paint job. That’s actually a big project, especially with the need to paint a light color over a dark one.

Diffusing lenses aren’t available for those fixtures, so they must be replaced. Now is the time to rethink the entire lighting scheme.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection