For many businesses, coolers are part of their storage solution, so having proper lighting installed is essential. This area also must address several requirements when it comes to lighting. Below are some suggestions on how to choose the best cooler lighting that meet the needs of your application.
When it comes to coolers, larger units require more energy to operate when compared to smaller units. LED lights are ideal for larger units since they offer higher lumen outputs per watt, which helps to save on energy costs. For smaller units, you could opt for a more affordable option like a fluorescent bulb, but you need to make sure its suitable for use in wet locations.
Just like many other locations that present uncontrollable elements that affect lighting solutions, coolers are no different. Coolers naturally have condensation present, which can negatively impact your lighting solution. For instance, if you're constantly replacing bulbs or even fixtures due to damage, your literally throwing money away. There are a tone of lighting solutions on the market that are designed for use in wet or damp locations. So, check the NEMA and IP rating to make sure the fixtures you choose are suitable for use in your cooler.
Lights need to be placed so the product in the cooler is highlighted. So, you may want to light products from the front and top, as opposed to the back and bottom. If lights are projecting onto an item, shadows will inevitably be created. In essence, you want to make sure shadows are at the back of the display by casting the most light upfront on the actual products.
Lighting needs to be protected not only for safety, but to save on overall maintenance costs as well. One way you could protect your fixtures better is by adding aluminum cages and unbreakable covers made of polycarbonate. We recommend vapor tight lighting for coolers, which is completely sealed with shatter-proof covers that helps extend the light of the lighting solution.
When choosing the right cooler lighting for your application, the main focus should be on durability and performance. If lighting is properly placed and is designed to handle damp locations, you will have successfully illuminated this important area of your business.