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Harsh Environment LED Lighting

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of questions about harsh industrial environments with LED lighting systems. So we’ve curated a list from first-time buyers and repeat customers. Check out our most-asked questions below or call us at (888) 423-3191 to find the right lighting for you.


What Is Harsh Environment LED Lighting?

Harsh Environment Lighting is a broad category of LED industrial lighting fixtures.. They’re designed to work well in areas that are harder on lighting than general areas. There is not one environment or situation that defines “harsh”. It could include

high temperatures
food processing
offshore environments where salt water and spray are constant
robust lights with high impact ratings
lights designed to work inside chemical plants
vibration resistant lighting

What Are the Benefits of LED Lights for Harsh Environments?

A harsh environment light’s designed to provide years of maintenance-free lighting. No one wants to buy harsh environment outdoor lighting or indoor LED lighting and have them fail in a short period of time.

They are also significantly more energy efficient than other forms of lighting, like Metal Halide, High-Pressure Sodium, and Fluorescent lighting.

Their light quality and light output is excellent, and bright with low lumen depreciation. This means the bright, quality light will last for years.

Converting to LED will allow you to save energy and reduce your lighting bill from your utility company.

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When Does It Make Sense to Use Harsh Environment LED Lighting Fixtures?

Do you have an environment where explosive materials, such as gas or dust, are present? In concentrations that a spark could create an explosion? Then consider using Explosion Proof Lighting for hazardous locations. Your local government will mandate the use of these lights in such conditions.

What Are the Different Types of Lights That You Can Use in Harsh Environments?

In areas where food is being processed, NSF Food Safe Lights are your best option. In manufacturing areas with high ceilings, use industrial-grade High Bay LED Lights. In spaces with high temperatures or extreme temperatures, high-temperature LED lights are your best choice (they also work well in extremely cold temperature areas). In parking garages where car exhaust would harm the internal components of light, choose LED Vapor Proof lighting. And in offshore or nearshore locations where salt water is present, choose fixtures with a marine-grade finish. Our LED Fixtures are application specific, so let us know your application and we can match you with the right lighting solution.

What Makes Light Fixtures Durable Enough for Harsh Environments?

It depends on the type of light. For the most part, these lights are very robust. These industrial lighting fixtures have heavier casting, high impact ratings, and special finishes. In the case of explosion-proof lighting, it’s the lights’ design and engineering that comes into play. It keeps explosions created inside the light from causing an explosion. For high-temperature lighting, it uses a heavy-duty heat sink and other design factors to keep them cool.

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How Do You Install Lighting in Harsh Environments?

A licensed electrician who’s familiar with your environment is your best option. Following the instructions and local code is the best way to install these fixtures.