Industrial & Hazardous Location Lighting
The Benefits of Explosion Proof Lighting Solutions
Explosion proof LED Lights are made with the highest standards of construction and quality in order to perform in the toughest environments. LEDs offer superior illumination and are more energy-efficient and require less maintenance than traditional technologies like halogen or incandescent. Their durable housing with gasketed seals ensures the inner components of the fixtures are protected from gas, debris, and vapor intrusion as well as protecting the working space against sparks that could ignite flammable gases or vapors.
What are Explosion Proof LED Lights (also known as Hazardous Location Lights)?
Explosion proof LED lights (also known as Hazardous Location Lights) are designed for hazardous locations where flammable gases, vapors, or dusts are present. These lights are industrial light fixtures certified to prevent sparks that could ignite flammable gases or vapors, providing a safe and reliable lighting solution for these environments. They are ideal for areas such as oil rigs, mining sites, and chemical plants.
What is a Hazardous Location?
A hazardous location is defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Electric Code (NEC) as "areas where fire or explosion hazards may exist due to flammable gases or vapors, flammable liquids, combustible dust, or ignitable fibers or flyings." Electrical equipment, including LED Lighting, that must be installed in hazardous locations must be specifically designed and tested to ensure that it does not risk initiating an explosion or fire due to arcing contacts or high surface temperature of the fixture. Of course, not all industrial and hazardous locations are the same and different hazardous locations require a different specification of light fixture. In the U.S., the hazardous location classification system is defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70 and National Electric Code (NEC). NFPA 70 NEC utilizes the Class/Division system and has also added an Americanized version of the International Electrochemical Commission's (IEC) Zone system.
Examples of Industrial & Hazardous Locations include:
- Petroleum Production and Refinery
- Petroleum Loading and Transportation
- Petroleum Storage and Retail
- Paint Facilities
- Pumping Stations in any Environment
- Metal Smelting, Foundry and Fabrication
- Ming Operations and Service
- Ocean Platform Facilities and Structure
- Aerospace Clean Room and Production
- Chemical Production and Storage
- Ocean Vessel Operations
- Military Space Conditions
- Flour and Fine Particle Production and Storage
- Food and Distilling Production
- Electrical Power Generation and Stations
- Other high humidity, high vapor, high dust and high temperature locations
What is an industrial light fixture? Are warehouse lights or commercial lighting the same thing?
An industrial light fixture is a type of lighting specifically designed for industrial settings, such as warehouses, factories, and commercial buildings. It is typically more durable, energy-efficient, and long-lasting than other types of lighting. Explosion proof lights are most often used in these settings.
Warehouse lights and commercial lighting are similar in that they both provide illumination to industrial settings, however there are some differences between the two. Warehouse lights are usually UFO high bays, linear high bays, and linear strip lights. Commercial lighting is a type of lighting specifically designed for commercial spaces such as stores and offices. It is usually designed to be energy-efficient and provide a comfortable lighting environment.
What is the best lighting for an industrial or hazardous location building?
The best type of lighting for industrial and hazardous locations is explosion proof lighting. Explosion proof lighting is designed to contain any sparks or flames from an explosion, making it the safest choice for spaces where flammable materials are present.
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