Lighting is an integral part of any business. And any business that operates in classified and hazardous environments, it is important to use explosion-proof lighting. These harsh and hazardous environments potentially contain explosive gases and vapors which increase the risks from explosions which may occur if proper precautions aren't in place. Explosion-proof lights also called Hazard Location lighting is designed for use in areas where explosive and flammable gases such as hydrogen, methane, propane, and other hydrocarbons are present. Working in confined spaces or areas exposed to such environments can be very dangerous and hence this kind of lighting is imperative for such locations for the safety of workers and businesses.
What makes these lights unique?
A typical section of an Explosion Proof Jelly Jar Light
Standard lighting falls short of overcoming the unique challenges in confined spaces like tanks, vents, pipes, sewers, tank cars and manholes. These luminaires run the risk of causing explosions by igniting combustible gas and vapor particles that can start an explosive chain reaction or fire. Particularly oil and gas and petrochemical industries are prone to such accidents when using regular duty lighting as its switches and relays can easily spark during its operation.
It is in environments like these, Explosion-proof lights come to the rescue. These lights are designed with a safe housing material, usually, copper-free aluminum, to isolate potential spark triggers. They also come with extremely durable lenses that can withstand harsh working conditions and prevent cracks from developing. With more developments in LED technology, Explosion-proof LED lights have become a strong competitor to traditional fluorescent and HID counterparts, with its high
efficiency and low operating costs. To sum it up, these are the major points why Explosion Proof LED Lights are one of a kind fixtures that make businesses not just safe from accidents but safe from unnecessary expenses on maintenance and energy costs.
1. Explosion Proof Design
Standard light fixtures are usually composed of a design that exposes the bulb, contacts, wiring, and switches to the atmosphere. Hence, spark from a loose contact or movement of the switch or even the heat from the bulb is enough to ignite a flammable environment. But, in the case of Explosion-proof lights, the components are encased to prevent potential sparks or flames from escaping the internal housing.
2. Durable & Tough
Given the rugged build of the explosion-proof light fixtures with sturdier materials, they offer a high degree of durability in comparison to standard light fixtures, as they can withstand harsher working environments. This makes them a better option for operators as it will not be as easily damaged like standard light fixtures and would reduce maintenance and furbishing costs.
3. Allows Greater Mobility
Explosion-proof LED lights are built with a strong frame and thicker tempered glass lenses, making them highly resistant to vibrations. This durable design allows the transportation of these lights from one place to another by forklifts or other machines without the risk of damage or malfunction, thus making them more portable. This feature makes it an ideal choice for operators who require mobile illumination.
4. High Efficiency
Explosion Proof LED lights are extremely energy efficient. They use more than 90% of the energy to produce light and have near-zero heat or conversion loss to account for, which means that they use a lot less power to function. Organizations save on-site energy from portable generators and other in-situ sources, providing more sustainable and profitable operations. In other words, you’ll save money running explosion proof LEDs for the same or better light output your current explosion-proof lamps give you.
5. Flexible Options
Modern Explosion Proof LED lights are offered in modular designs and multiple mounting options to allow multitudes of options in their application. They allow light outputs to be easily increased or lowered to match required light levels or adapt to existing access points, all while saving energy and money.
Diagrams representing the typical mounting options for an Explosion Proof UFO High Bay Fixture
Why do you need them?
In conclusion, installing explosion-proof lighting reduces the risk of explosions significantly by stopping the ignition of flammable gases and vapors in the enclosed environment. More importantly, the National Electric Code or the NEC, which is published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) mandates that all lighting equipment used in hazardous locations need to be explosion-proof.