Enhancing Safety And Productivity In Harsh Environments

- Sep 16, 2019-

Hazardous locations are typically categorized into Class I, II, or III designations as a function of potentially flammable substances that are used in those locations. These Classes are further subdivided into different Divisions and Groups, depending on whether the flammable substances are used or only stored or transported through those locations, and on the flammability concentrations and ignition temperatures of the substances themselves. In all cases, a facility owner or operator can find an LED hazardous area lighting solution that meets all of the safety requirements for any specific hazardous location.

Workplace safety is enhanced when lighting systems pose no risk as a potential ignition source for flammable substances. Older lighting systems that might spark or overheat often do not accomplish this purpose. Newer generations of LED hazardous area lighting come with corrosion-resistant casings and frames, tempered glass lenses, passive thermal control technology, and sturdier construction that removes electrical spark risks from flammable vapors. These newer generations of LED lighting can also withstand physical shocks and vibrations better than more traditional industrial lighting products. In all, LED hazardous area lighting will improve environmental safety by several orders of magnitude over older types of lighting.

LED lighting also has a high potential to improve overall productivity due to its ability to generate better quality light that enables workers to see fine details and contrasts in their work areas more clearly. LED luminaires also come in a variety of styles and beam spread patterns that can be combined to shed consistent and uniform lighting across a manufacturing facility floor or other work area. Better lighting uniformity reduces shadows and dark spots that might create a potential for accidents. Further, when LED lighting is tuned to include more blue wavelengths, that lighting will also increase worker alertness, which can reduce mishaps that are caused by fatigue or inattentiveness.

LED hazardous area lighting is also the perfect solution to the extent that productivity improvements grow hand-in-hand with cost savings. LED’s generate the same or better illumination in industrial and commercial facilities as traditional lighting, but with up to 90% less electrical energy consumption. A facility manager can save tens of thousands of dollars in annual utility costs with an upgrade to LED lighting. With more durable construction and solid-state technology, LED fixtures will also continue to operate, on average, for at least 50,0000 hours, and in some cases up to 100,000 hours. The facilities manager can cut tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars from a lighting maintenance budget with LED hazardous area lighting.