Why It's Important To Keep The Lights Off In Your Walk-In Cooler

Posted on: 1 June 2016

Having proper lighting inside your walk-in commercial refrigeration unit is important. It can be tough to rearrange things, organize your cooler, and retrieve necessary items without ample lighting, so keeping bulbs in the lights inside your cooler is essential. However, some employees can get in the habit of leaving the lights on when they walk out of the cooler, which is never a good idea. These are a few reasons why it is important to ensure that the lights are turned off inside your cooler when no one is inside.

Save Energy

It might not seem like a big deal, but leaving the light on inside the cooler can be the same thing as leaving the light on inside of any other room or area in your business. Even with energy efficient bulbs, this can waste electricity, which can cause your electric costs to rise. Since you are probably always looking for ways to reduce utility costs for your business, this is a simple way to reduce these costs without having much of an impact. After all, why would you want to pay to have a light on inside the cooler when no one is in there?

Prevent Your Refrigeration Unit from Working Too Hard

Another thing that you have to worry about when leaving the lights on inside of your cooler is the fact that it can actually increase the heat inside the walk-in refrigeration unit. It might not seem like a light bulb will really produce very much heat, but in a small, enclosed area like a walk-in cooler, it can make a difference in the temperature in the immediate area. Although it probably isn't enough to actually bring your food to unsafe temperatures -- unless there is a problem with your cooler -- it can cause your cooler to work that much harder in order to keep the temperature cool. This can also cause your energy use to go up, but it can cause another problem, as well -- it can cause your cooler to break down more quickly.

Even though it might not be a big deal to leave the light on every once in a while, doing so regularly can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your cooler. This can lead to expensive repair issues and can even reduce the lifespan of your commercial refrigeration unit.

As you can see, it is critical to talk to your employees about keeping the lights off in your walk-in cooler. Then, you can help prevent these problems.