Hazardous Location Lighting
What Is Hazardous Location Lighting?
Hazardous Area Lighting is a category of lights designed to work in explosive environments. The environments can be either ones where gas or dust is present. The lights are designed not to cause a spark that turns into an explosion in these areas.
Are Hazardous Location Lights the Same As Explosion Proof Lights?
For the most part yes, we typically think of hazardous area led lighting as the same thing as explosion proof lights. There are areas that are hazardous and non explosive, but in those cases, our standard lines of LED products would work there.
A few exceptions would be in areas where food or consumables are manufactured or areas where high temperatures exist. In those cases, food safe lights and high temperature lights should be used.
What Are the Benefits of Hazardous Location Lighting?
The main benefit is that these lights are designed to keep a dangerous environment safer. The lights are designed and UL certified to be safe in hazardous environments. The other benefit is that they stay cooler and use less electricity than the metal halide lights they are designed to replace.
What are the Types of Hazardous Location LED Lighting?
There are three main types of hazardous LED lighting fixtures. Those can be grouped by applications with the following:
What are the Certifications Required for Hazardous Location Lighting?
All vary by type, but the best standard for all LED Lighting is UL / ETL certified for safety. Above that, food safe lighting also has a NSF certification, and explosive rated fixtures are tested under the UL844 standard.
How do you choose the right Hazardous Location LED Light Fixtures?
Getting this right is imperative. However, we can help you make the right decision and choose the right hazardous location lighting fixtures that will light up your area and keep you safe. Contact us today and we can help.
BEFORE YOU BUY
When Does It Make Sense to Use Hazardous Location Lights?
There are typically rules and regulations that mandate the use of these lights, but for the most part, they’re used in any environment, indoors or outdoors, where a spark from a light could cause a hazardous consequence. A refinery or underground mine is an example where hazardous location led lights should be used.
What Types of Hazardous Location Lighting Are Available?
All sorts of lights are available for both indoor and outdoor uses, such as ceiling mounted interior lights, flood lights, linear lights, jelly jars and exit signs.
What Are the Best Applications for Hazardous Location Lights?
LED hazardous location lights are designed to replace existing metal halide and fluorescent fixtures in indoor and outdoor hazardous locations. These include industrial applications such as:
Chemical processing plants
Aircraft maintenance areas
Enclosed fueling stations
Paint spray booths
Offshore oil and gas rigs
Chemical storage units
Oil and gas storage
How Do You Install LED Lighting for Hazardous Areas?
This should be installed by a licensed electrician who is familiar with hazardous location lighting. It’s important that all fixtures, conduit and junction boxes are also rated properly, and the lights themselves are not modified.