Explosion-Proof Lighting Systems
What are Hazardous/Explosion Proof Lights?
Explosion Proof Lights are extremely durable devices designed specifically for the harshest environments. Explosion-proof lighting is not necessarily the same as hazardous area lighting. These types of lights must be able to contain any explosion originating from within their housing to prevent the ignition of vapors, gasses, dust, or fibers in the area surrounding it.
Where are hazardous/explosion-proof lamps used?
Some common applications for hazardous area devices include manufacturing shops, industrial environments, laboratories, food and beverage facilities, and warehouses. Explosion-proof fixtures are ideal for oil and gas refineries, drilling rigs, petrochemical facilities, coal mines railways, and anywhere flammable vapors, gases, ignitable dust, fibers or flying debris are often present.
What are the different types of Explosion-proof lights?
Explosion-proof lights are available for a wide variety of applications. Examples include linear wall/ceiling lights, floodlights, dock lights, high bay lights, wall packs, and shop lights. Modern LED lighting systems are the optimal lighting choice for these types of fixtures.
The zone system has three levels of danger while the division system has two levels.
What are the benefits of LED lights for explosion-proof areas and for shops?
LED lighting technology has developed to the point that it can overcome most of the disadvantages of the technologies listed above.
The quality of the lighting is superior in terms of color rendering, color temperature, and luminous flux (compared to the power used).
This is especially important when dealing with explosion-proof lighting that requires lifts or scaffolding to reach the fixtures.
Although LED lighting is more expensive initially upon the point of purchase, costs are more than made up long term because they consume much less energy than conventional lamps. This saves on utility costs over time. They also do not waste the energy emitted in the form of heat.
Requirements for Explosion-Proof Lighting
When it comes to lighting, there are a few things to know to ensure you get the right option for your location. While this is the only suitable lighting solution for certain types of locations, there is still some confusion regarding the requirements for explosion-proof lighting. Let’s take a closer look at the matter to dispel any misconceptions about this type of device.
What is explosion-proof lighting?
Before looking at the requirements for explosion-proof lighting, we need to cover in more detail what is and is not.
Explosion-proof lighting is a type of fixture which can be exposed to certain elements, such as chemicals, gases, or high heat, which is designed to be protected against the explosion of the device itself due to exposure to these harsh conditions and environments. This feature is important because if the device explodes, it won’t cause the glass to fly everywhere.
What are the different classes?
Different areas may have different explosion-proof lighting requirements. There are several classes in the fixture type that can be classified and finding the right one for your application will depend on these classes.