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Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time purchasing LED Paint Booth Lights and Blast Booth Lighting. We’ve curated a list of questions to help you find the right paint light solution for you. For more information on our products, please contact us at (888) 423-3191. A dedicated lighting expert will help you find the best light for your needs.

General Information About Paint Booth Lights

What are the Top Benefits of using LED Paint Booth Lights?

There are many benefits, but here are the top reasons you should consider using LED spray painting lights:

  1. They are energy efficient and will lower your lighting bills with energy savings when compared to Metal Halide and fluorescent fixtures.
  2. They have a longer lifespan – which means less maintenance and replacement of bulbs and ballasts. Many of our products will last 10 + years when used as much as 12 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  3. They produce significantly less heat versus traditional Metal Halide (HID) lighting.
  4. They provide consistent lighting and don’t strobe as fluorescent lighting does.
  5. They provide high-quality, bright and consistent natural light.

How do I choose the right LED Paint Booth Lighting?

The most important first step is to understand what type of spraying you’re doing. If your spray booth process creates explosive paint vapors, then you should use explosive-proof lighting. Do not substitute vapor-proof lighting for explosion-proof light (we discuss this further below).

From there, it’s a function of understanding the factors of your spray booth: size, brightness, and application, and whether you want to replace your existing fixtures or retrofit your fixtures.

What Are The Best LED Lights for 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 not a concern.

Are hazardous paints or finishes being applied in a booth? Then you have to use explosion-rated or hazardous location-rated spray painting lights.

The best way to determine this is to check with your local permitting office or fire inspector.

Can You Use LED Lights in a Paint Booth or Blast Booth?

Yes, we have many LED Explosion Proof lights that are designed to be used in paint booths. If you have fluorescent explosion-proof lights, you can retrofit them with magnetic LED strips. We have an entire range of retrofit tubes and magnetic strip retrofit kits designed to replace fluorescent bulbs.

Can I Use a Vapor Proof Light in a Paint Booth?

No. Vapor-proof light fixture keeps the outside environment from entering into the fixture. This gas or vapor could shorten the life of the fixture. Never use it in place of an explosion-proof light.

In the case of non-explosive water-born vapors, then you could use a vapor-proof fixture. We recommend you contact your local city, town, or county engineering office first. And ask them what is or isn’t allowed within their jurisdiction.

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Are LED Lights used in spray booths brighter than fluorescent and Metal Halide (HID)  lighting?

There are so many options available, but it is safe to say that we can provide a LED Paint Booth Lighting System that uses less energy than HID and fluorescent lighting that will be as bright if not brighter. Many of our lights come in varying power options, so it is very easy for us to suggest an option to provide you with as much light and brightness as you need.

What Type of Lighting Goes in a Paint Booth?

If the vapors produced are explosive in nature, then use explosion-proof lighting. We have many formats of explosion-proof lighting.

These paint spray booth light fixtures include ceiling and wall-mounted fixtures. We offer linear fixtures as well as compact square/round lights. We can even offer flood lighting to light up areas in large-sized spray booths.

What are the Foot Candle Standards for Paint Booth Lighting?

The industry standard for a paint booth is between 100 to 150-foot candles at 3 feet height above floor level. If you opt for a different foot candle – then light quality, placement, and size need to be adjusted accordingly. We provide (free) lighting plans for paint booths to ensure the paint booth LED lights we recommend will meet your needs.

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Before You Buy: Paint Booth Lights

What Classification of Lighting’s Needed for LED Paint Booth Lights and Blast Room Lighting?

To answer this, we recommend you ask your city, county, or town fire department.

There is one safe answer though. Class 1 Division 1 Lighting (C1D1) is meant for the harshest of explosive environments. It is a safer option than Class 1 Division 2 lights (C1D2),

What Is the Difference Between Class 1 Division 1 and Class 1 Division 2 in Pain Booth Lighting?

C1D1 is a category of lights where an explosive environment is always present.

C1D2 is a category of lights where an explosive environment is sometimes present.

A word of caution – don’t assume that C1D2 applies because the paint booth is not used ‘all the time’. When in use, the conditions of C1D1 exist, and that should be the way you approach this decision

Do You Have Intrinsically Safe LED Paint Shop Lighting?

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 – to not create an explosion from a failure inside the light to escape to the dangerous environment they operate in.

Powerful intrinsically safe lights are very expensive, so explosion-proof rated lighting is a better cost-effective option.

Do the Fixtures Have Glass or Plastic Lenses?

Most of our explosion-proof fixtures have tempered glass lenses.

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 has tempered glass, you can scrape the paint off when it does happen.

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. Replacing fluorescent tubes with LED magnetic strips is a common retrofit option.

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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. If you’re 100% certain the water-based paints and finishes will never cause an explosion, then you won’t need them.

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Installation Information On Paint Booth Lights

Can I Install a Light in My Paint Booth?

Yes, providing it’s done by a qualified electrician. They understand and conform to all the codes associated with explosion-proof lighting.

Can I Mount LED Paint Booth Lights on the Wall?

Yes, we have created many lighting plans for our spray paint booth customers. The fixtures are on the ceilings and walls.

Do I Need Anything Else for an Installation?

We supply the fixtures only. Are you are replacing an existing fixture? You might already have the proper conduit and junction boxes to install the new units.

Are you 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.