Paint Booth LightsPaint booth lights are typically explosion proof rated lights because the vapors created by spraying paints and finishes can be extremely dangerous if they explode. The two most common categories of paint booth lights are Class 1 Div 1 and Class 1 Div 2. LED paint booth lighting reduces energy consumption by up to 75% and meets all hazardous lighting standards. Get Your Free Paint Booth Lighting Plan
Frequently Asked Questions
If this is your first time purchasing paint booth lights, we’ve curated a list of questions to help you find the right solution for you. For more information on our products, please contact us on (888) 423-3191 and a dedicated lighting expert will help you find the best light for your needs.
What Is the Best Lighting for a Paint Booth?
Let's make sure we are specific about the type of material used in a paint booth. For the most part, the dangerous paints are ones that are oil based or alcohol based. Water based paints are typically not a concern. So, in the case where hazardous paints or finishes are being applied in a booth, then you probably have to use explosion rated or hazardous location rated fixtures. The best way to determine this is to check with your local permitting office or fire inspector.
Can I Use a Flood Light in a Paint Booth?
Yes, but it all depends on what paint you are spraying. If your paint material can cause an explosion when a spark is introduced, then a normal flood light should never be used.
Can I Use a Vapor Proof Light in a Paint Booth?
No. Vapor proof light is designed to keep the outside environment from entering into the fixture and prematurely shortening the life of the fixture. It is never to be used in place of an explosion proof light when one is needed.
In the case that non-explosive water born fixtures are used, then you could consider using a vapor proof fixture. However, we recommend that you contact your local city, town or county engineering department and ask them what is or isn’t allowed within their jurisdiction.
Before You Buy
What Is the Difference Between Class 1 Div 1 and Class 1 Div 2?
Class 1 Div 1 Lighting is a category of lights where an explosive environment is always present.
Class 1 Div 2 Lighting is a category of lights where an explosive environment is sometimes present.
A word of caution - don’t assume that Class 1 Div 2 applies because the paint booth is not used ‘all the time’. When in use, the conditions of Class 1 Div 1 exist, and that should be the way you approach this decision,
What Is the Best LED Color for an Automotive Spray Booth?
The best color option is around 5000K. Many believe that the best source of light is the sun. And at noon, the color temperature of the sun is 5000K.
Another thing to note is how it relates to the quality of the light, or Color Rendering Index ( CRI). LEDs, by default, have good quality light, starting at around 70 CRI and greater. The better the CRI, the more natural the light produced by the fixtures will be and it will resemble sunlight.
Do You Have Intrinsically Safe Spray Booth LED Lights?
Intrinsically safe lights are typically very small battery powered lights, like flashlights. Both intrinsically safe lights and explosion proof lights are designed to meet one common goal - never cause a dangerous environment in which they operate to explode.
You do not need intrinsically safe lights as your main lights inside a paint booth.
Do I Need Explosion Proof Fixtures with Water-Based Paints and Finishes?
You should always ask your city, town or county fire departments for their guidelines. However, for the most part, if you are 100% certain the water-based paints and finishes can never create an explosive environment, then you won’t need them.
Do I Need to Use an Explosion Proof Fixture or Can I Just Use a Normal High Bay?
If the environment and product you are spraying creates an explosive environment, never use a ‘normal’ LED light, like a high bay, that is not explosive rated.
Fixtures and Fittings
Do the Fixtures Have Glass or Plastic Lenses?
Most of our explosion proof fixtures have tempered glass lenses.
Can I Retrofit My Existing Fixtures with LED?
Yes, but first make sure you are not violating any code requirements set by your local government. As we mentioned above, replacing fluorescent tubes with LED magnetic strips is a common retrofit option.
How Do I Keep Paint Off My Light Fixtures in a Spray Booth?
If paint gets on the body of the fixture, it will have no effect. If it gets on the lens, it will reduce the amount of light. If this happens, since the lens is tempered glass, you can scrape the paint off when it does happen.
Can I Install a Light in My Paint Booth?
Yes, providing it’s done by a qualified electrician who understands and conforms with all the codes associated with explosion proof lighting.
Can the Fixtures Be Mounted on the Wall?
Yes, we have created many lighting plans for our spray paint booth customers where fixtures are mounted on ceilings and walls.
Do I Require Anything Else for an Installation?
We supply the fixtures only. If you are replacing an existing fixture, we assume you already have the proper conduit and junction boxes to install the new units.
If you are changing your fixture style or it is a new installation, you will need to get that material or confirm that what you have will work for your installation. We can advise you on this.
Paint Booth Lighting Design
Why should you consider doing a lighting plan for your paint booth?
Paint booths needs to be bright, and have well distributed lighting across the entire indoor space.
Many paint booths have both ceiling mounted and wall mounted fixtures, and understanding how the space will look after a conversion to LED is important in the decision making process.
A paint booth lighting plan will solve that problem. It shows light locations, foot candle measurements, and how well and even the space is lit. Without a lighting plan, its a complete guess on what to use.