Benefits LED Lighting Offers the Oil and Gas Industry
LED technology is one of the fastest-growing technologies in the world. Currently, lighting accounts for about 20% of the United States’ electricity consumption. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported 2017 stats alone. U. S. commercial and residential used 273 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity for lighting. This was approximately 7% of the total electricity consumption in the US for that year.
The commercial sector, including oil and gas production facilities, consumed 143 billion kilowatt-hours. Lights installed in oil and gas refinery and processing facilities operate for a minimum of 12 hours a day. This makes them good candidates for energy-saving alternatives.
Here are benefits LEDs offer to the oil and gas sector. OSHA Safety Standard Compliance Work areas are not created equal. The light fixtures suitable for one workplace may be unsuitable for another. The facility dictates the kind of lighting that should be used. This is because of the different types of hazardous materials in the atmosphere. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines hazardous locations by classes, divisions, and groups. According to the National Electric Code (NEC). NEC requires that all the lights used in hazardous locations to be explosion-proof.
Classifications for hazardous lighting locations are based on the properties of combustibles. Gases, fibers, dusts, liquids, or vapors could be present in the location. And the probability that a flammable concentration could be present. LED fixtures for hazardous locations feature tempered glass and have stronger frames and casings.
All electrical components that could trigger sparks are contained in the fixtures. This keeps the sparks away from the flammable vapors, dusts, fibers, gases, and liquids. Understanding and staying updated on the frequent lighting changes can be challenging. Which is why you should have a reputable LED partner to go to for help whenever you need it.
1. LED Lighting Makes a Hazardous Environment Less Dangerous
Working in a oil refinery comes with a wide range of safety issues. The good news is LEDs can increase worker safety and boost confidence along with savings. A driving factor in going to LEDs on an offshore platform is the frequent maintenance of traditional lighting. Offshore rigs are usually subjected to shocks, vibrations, corrosive atmospheres, and fire risk
LED technology is the best light for the worst operational conditions. LEDs contain no moving parts, long-lasting, and withstand corrosion and shock better than other lighting. They also light up spark-free, which gives them an advantage in combustible environments.
2. LED Lights Reduce Operating Costs and Maintenance Costs in the Oil Industry
Reducing refinery costs becomes sustainable with our LED oil rig lighting products. With energy savings up to 75%, you can reduce a tremendous amount of energy consumption. You can dramatically reduce both your operating costs when you convert to LED Lights. Rebates to reduce purchase costs may be available at time of sale.
Replacing lighting fixtures in hazardous locations is costly, labor-intensive, and poses a risk to safety. The great thing about LEDs is they have long lifespans and lower maintenance costs. Industrial LED bulbs have a rated life of 60,000 hours at 55°C. What this means is at 25°C, the lifespan could be as long as 170,000 hours. Which is almost 20 years of maintenance-free operation.
Most LED products have the L70 rating, which means they maintain 70% of their lumens for the lifetime. Some of the most advanced LEDs boast ratings of up to 100,000 hours. And the performance improves in cold temperatures. Fluorescent and HID light fixtures have a max lifespan of 25,000 hours. LEDs feature solid-state construction and are less prone to unplanned or premature failure. This makes them perfect for high vibration and abusive applications.