Energy Efficient, Higher Lumen per Watt Ratio, Lower Case Temperatures, Longer Lasting to name a few...
Explosion Proof or Hazardous Location designated spaces can be a challenge for specifiers.
While safety certification from UL, LC or CSA is a good starting point, it is not the only criteria to consider. Ambient temperatures, presence of contaminants, and the use of space all play a key role.
Let's explore some of the advantages of LED lighting in hazardous locations:
Energy Efficient LEDs
Compared to conventional lights such as HID or Fluorescent, LED consume less power. A reduction of 30-50% is rather typical for many applications. This lowers fuel costs for remote sites and offers capacity for other equipment.
Higher Lumen per Watt Ratio in Fixtures
Despite operating on lower wattage, LED lights offer a higher lumen per watt ratio. If used well, this offers crucial improvements for visibility in hazardous areas. Mounting height, aiming, and spacing must consider the day-to-day operation of the site.
Better visibility for operators helps with the prevention of trip and fall incidents. Achieving industry specific target light levels while reducing the number of lights required. LED technology offers crisp illumination, free from flickers, for improved visibility and comfort.
Lower Case Temperatures
The efficiency of LEDs allows for a reduction of light fixture case temperatures. Radiating a very small amount of heat. This further enhances their suitability for explosion proof and hazardous locations.
Traditional lighting fixtures generate heat as a byproduct, leading to potential injuries. Elevated case temperatures are a major challenge in the presence of combustible dust. Certain materials have a very low ignition point, making the use of older technology undesirable.
In contrast, LEDs convert a larger part of the electrical energy into illumination. This results in lower heat production and increased safety for employees. Investing in lighting upgrades enhances visibility and safety for operators. Reduces operating costs and potential for unscheduled shutdowns. While reducing the total lifecycle cost.
Longer Lasting Light Fixtures
Well-designed LED lights offer a usable life for well over 10 years. In explosion proof and hazardous location rated locations access can be a problem. Frequent bulb and ballast replacements, as well as unscheduled shutdowns are costly. Disrupting the standard workflow in industrial settings. Making the switch to LED technology ever more attractive.
Unlike traditional light fixtures that use ballasts, LED lighting operates on power supplies. These offer a higher efficiency, produce less heat, ensuring a longer system lifespan. LED based light fixtures are absent of fragile filaments. As such they are less susceptible to vibration and impact damage in harsh locations. Durable housing materials, impact resistant lenses, superior gaskets and electronics offer great protection.
These features offer compliance with explosion proof and hazardous location requirements. Delivering a light source that outlasts older technologies by up to 3-5-7 times.
Explosion Proof and Hazardous Location Rated models with LEDs are available from Nemalux. Explore our current catalogue and let us know if we can help. Choosing explosion proof LED lighting is crucial for ensuring safety in hazardous environments.
Better Performance Specification
Specifiers can highlight unique performance metrics aligned with best industry practices. Narrow band matching for the color temperature range of the light source on the Kelvin scale. Higher color rendering index to ensure a "true" representation of color. Wide range of lumen output options based on flexible and programmable power supplies. Superior optical patterns to deliver light where needed and limit light pollution. Installation flexibility is best accomplished with the use of LED lighting options.