Light for the Workshop

General information for lighting your workshop

Properties

Many activities in workshops, such as fine work on metal, wood or aluminum, as well as the processing of small components, require high precision. There is often a lack of knowledge about the importance of the right lighting and how it influences not only our well-being but also the results of our work. The best tool is not enough if small details cannot be identified, the hobbyist is dazzled or annoying shadows are formed. The luminosity can also quickly diminish if the light source is covered with a veil during dusty work or damaged by sharp objects. The perfect light for the workshop is, therefore, a must-have for perfect visual tasks. The required illuminance, colour rendering properties, and lighting quality vary depending on the field of activity, for which reason the choice of the right Task-Light, whether it is a joint, pendant or magnifier luminaire, should be made consciously. Given the immense choice of different lamps and their different properties, however, it is a challenge even for the specialist to maintain an overview and make the right choice. In order to bring light into the dark, we would like to give you an overview of the most important quality features of healthy light for the workshop. These are based on the given DIN standards and lighting guidelines for the lighting of workplaces and on our own recommendations. We want to show you why it is worthwhile to focus on quality when lighting your workshop and how you can work flexibly, fatigue-free and precisely at your workbench with one of our RMD Task-Lights.

Illuminance & Colour Rendition

In principle, the luminaire should illuminate the workplace brightly and extensively. A decisive factor in terms of lighting technology is illuminance, which indicates the area-related luminous flux of a light source. As a rule of thumb, the darker the working area and the more demanding the visual task, the higher the illuminance should be. An illuminance of 500-1500 lux can be used as a guideline for the lighting of workshops. The colour rendering index, or Ra for short, indicates how naturally an artificial light source reproduces the colour. The higher this value is, the better the colour of the workpiece is reproduced. The reference light source for the evaluation is sunlight, which has a maximum Ra value of 100. For work in a workshop, a Ra value of CRI > 80 is generally recommended. When selecting the correct colour temperature, you should choose between warm white light (up to 3300 K), neutral white light (up to 5000 K) or cool white light (from 5000 K) according to your own needs. However, if activities such as the colouring of objects or detailed painting are predominantly carried out, a CRI > 90 and a factory temperature of over 5000 Kelvin are recommended to ensure undistorted colour rendering.

Since the tasks of a hobby craftsman are very different and not all fields of activity can be listed, it may be necessary to decide on a case-by-case basis what illuminance and colour rendering is required.

Glare

Glare is mainly caused by an incorrectly installed luminaire or by light reflections on shiny and metallic tools or workpieces. Glare restricts our visual function and can lead to health problems such as headaches. To avoid this, it is necessary to ensure balanced luminance distribution and adequate glare protection.

Flexibility

In addition to some technical lighting features, flexibility is the top priority for the hobby gearhead. The multitude of different activities requires that the luminaire can be individually adapted without great effort. Therefore, attention should be paid to an ergonomic joint design that brings the Task-Light quickly and easily into the desired position and saves the user a lot of effort and time.

RMD Task-Lights

With the product range of RMD Task-Lights, a suitable solution for the lighting of your workshop will be found for every individual lighting requirement. For uncompromising and high-quality lighting, we use highly efficient LED technology, which contributes to healthy and balanced work in the workshop. The closed luminaire housing of our RMD Task-Lights protects the LED modules from sharp and pointed objects and is easy to clean. A large number of different mounting options allow optimum integration into any workshop. Innovative articulated arm technology makes it easy to adapt the luminaire to the work at hand. High illuminance and high colour rendering properties enable you to handle difficult visual tasks and illuminate your workbench in a new light.

Economical Aspect

Many conventional and obsolete lighting technologies quickly lose their luminous flux and have to be replaced after only a short time. Using the latest LED technologies with an LED lifetime of 50,000 hours, our RMD Task-Lights offer a contemporary and particularly durable lighting solution for your workshop. In addition, thanks to the increased energy efficiency of the latest LED modules, you can save enormous costs in the long term and make a positive contribution to our environment.

If you have any questions or need help selecting the right light for your workshop, we will be happy to help you.

In summary, the most important quality features resulting from the DIN standards and guidelines for the lighting of workshops in which precision mechanical activities are practiced are summarized below.

Quality Requirements

  • Strong, wide-area light
  • Colour temperature neutral white from 3300 Kelvin to 5300 Kelvin
  • Colour rendition CRI 80
  • Glare- and flicker-free light
  • No stroposcopic effects
  • Balanced illuminance distribution

* from DIN 5035-3:2006-07; DIN EN 12464-1 “Light and Illumination – Indoor Lighting”; ASR A3.4

Recommendations

Our RMD workstation luminaires are recommended as follows. They consider specified quality requirements and represent the best-selling products sold to our mechanics. Of course, you can have a look at other RMD workplace luminaries and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.