Road & Rail Transport

Road and Rail Transport: Tunnels, Railyards, Service Pits

The railway is a vital transportation modality of modern civilization. Running on coal and preceding the automobile, trains traversed the country, connecting together communities that had been isolated, and making nation-building possible.

Today, railways still play a major role in transporting people and freight.  Canada has over 46.000 km of tracks turning over $10 billion cdn a year, with 95% of that coming from freight. The US has 219,000 km of tracks turning over $219 billion usd a year. Railway systems have a number of lighting applications.

Nemalux industrial luminaires are used throughout the railway industry from railyard illumination, to maintenance lighting to tunnel illumination


Railyards must accommodate many separate tracks converging onto the same space. High mast lighting is used to flood these large spaces. High lumen, high bay luminaires such as the Nemalux AR-50 are ideal solutions. Their high lumens output, multiple optical profiles, mounting options, and IP66 / 67 ratings, and price competitiveness make them an ideal candidate for high mast installations. Each one outputs 50,000 lumens and a group of them mounted on a support structure can output hundreds of thousands of lumens for wide-area lighting.

Nemalux industrial luminaires are used throughout the railway industry from railyard illumination, to maintenance lighting to tunnel illumination

Maintenance Shop

Maintenance shops were traditionally lit with fluorescent tubes. Newer LED luminaires such as the BL can replace older fluorescent tube luminaires in maintenance shop areas.

Rail and Truck Maintenance Pits

Fleets of diesel trucks, trains, or buses require regular maintenance that is usually performed in a maintenance or service pit, a long narrow, confined space below ground level. This pit provides maintenance crew access to the underside of the vehicle for regular inspection and servicing. Due to the space limitations, rows of low profile, linear luminaires are ideal for illuminating service pits.  Dust, grime, oil, moisture, and explosive gases are all present in the maintenance pit environment. The presence of fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid, and other combustible materials requires that luminaires have a hazardous locations rating. Subsequently, luminaires must be resistant to all these elements while providing glare-free, uniform illumination.

Nemalux luminaires have IP 66, 67, and 68 ratings for ingress protection against moisture and dust intrusion and are vibration resistant. Most Nemalux luminaires are Class I, Div 2 and Class I, Zone 2 rated. The low profile, linear Nemalux GS-AC is well suited for maintenance pit illumination.


There are different types of tunnels, each requiring different types of lighting. Train tunnels are usually lower in height so require low bay style luminaires around 8 to 10K lumens to avoid glare. On the other hand, vehicle tunnels are usually taller and require a high bay luminaire. Nemalux provides the MR, XR, and AR series of luminaires to solve these tunnel lighting problems. The low bay Nemalux and MR and XR are ideal for train tunnels, but XR is recommended because half as many are required as the MR model. In contrast, the AR high bay is ideal for vehicle tunnels.

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Competitive Advantages

Nemalux has an extensive and growing library of luminaire use cases to help clients find installed applications that match their own and help them with their light decision-making process.

Although Nemalux manufactures world-class industrial lighting products, we distinguish ourselves as a solutions-oriented company. We offer hazardous location and industrial lighting solutions for rail, transport, and tunnels, based on the products we manufacture. We differentiate ourselves from our competitors through four pillars: technology, service, lead time, and pricing.


Nemalux offers a broad range of industrial luminaires with unique design features that increase resiliency, lifetime, performance and ease of maintenance. Our luminaires have a wide range of configurable optical profiles and mounting options, making them some of the most versatile in the industry.  Our luminaires meet a broad range of industry certifications including hazardous location Class I, Div 2, Class I, Div 1, DLC, Dark Sky, IP66/67/69, Marine (UL1598A), and NSF. We can cross any major brand to our luminaires.   We also offer a variety of support structures as well as complete turnkey lighting solutions that are ready to install out of the box.

Value-added Services

For clients who do not have their own in-house lighting expertise, we offer complimentary lighting design and layout services. By tuning the optical profiles of our luminaires, we can reduce the luminaire count on your project, saving you up to 30% on costs compared to competitors. Optimum design is important as a poorly designed lighting system suffers the risk not only of underperformance, but overdesign can result in excessive, wasted light output, which over the lifetime of the product, can result in higher energy costs that can exceed the initial capital outlay.

Good design practices are not only ecologically responsible but also save clients considerable time and money. By designing the optimal system to meet the target illumination required, this results in the lowest capital and operational cost over the lifetime of the system.

Other value-added services include uniquely tagging each luminaire to match with the naming convention in the lighting layout diagrams. This ensures efficient placement of the luminaire and avoids confusion when large numbers of luminaires are involved.


Our products go toe-to-toe with the market leaders but are priced at a fraction of the price. If you are working with legacy lighting products and are interested in upgrading, we can cross any competitor’s model to our own. Nemalux solutions provide substantial savings on your purchase without compromising on quality, reliability, lifetime, and performance.

Lead Time

Our lead times are amongst the shortest in the industry. Usually, most off-the-shelf luminaires are shipped in one or two weeks maximum. When you only have a short period of factory downtime to do your maintenance and upgrade, you can rely on us.

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Nemalux MR series industrial LED luminaire, HID replacement, certified for hazardous location (class I division 2 / c1d2), marine (UL 1598), Dark Sky and DLC area lighting

The Nemalux MR is a versatile LED luminaire that can replace 75 – 150W HID fixtures mounted between 8 – 14 feet.

High output model of Nemalux BL series linear industrial LED luminaire, marine and hazardous location class I div 2 (c1d2) approved and replacement for vapour tight fluorescent light

Nemalux BL is a direct replacement for T12 vapor tight fluorescent lamps with convenient thru-wiring allowing daisy-chaining multiple units.

Adjustable angle mount Nemalux NL series linear industrial LED luminaire, IP66, marine and hazardous location class I div 2 (c1d2) approved and replacement for linear fluorescent light fixtures

NL is a part of the linear series that can also replace fluorescents.

Nemalux AR Series industrial, high lumens, high bay LED luminaire for area lighting - hazardous location class I division 2 (c1d2), marine (UL 1598), Foodsafe (NSF), Dark Sky (IDA) and DLC approved

The AR has high lumens output and is used for high bay area lighting mounting between 25 and 100 feet above.

Nemalux LS Series Light Stringer modular industrial LED luminaire for temporary lighting and portable applications with IP66, marine and hazardous location (class I div 2, c1d2) certifications

The LS Light Stringer is a temporary and portable work light that allows daisy-chaining of many modules.

Nemalux EXC series of low profile explosion proof industrial LED luminaire, IP66 and hazardous location class I div 1 and 2 (c1d1,c1d2) approved

The EXC is a Class I Div 1 (Zone 1) luminaire that is ideal for confined space lighting.

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