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ATEX and IEC Ex Flame-proof Explosion Proof Lighting & Equipment
Explosion Proof Lights
Explosion Proof Motors - Motors for Hazardous Locations
Industrial and Vaporproof Emergency Failsafe Lighting
Industrial Cord Reels and Tool Taps
Industrial Work Area Heaters
Machine Vision Lights
QC Series Industrial Portable Lighting - Quick Change Mount
Rig Lights
Stadium lights
String Lights and Temporary Light Stringers
Tank Cleaning Lights
Three Phase Motor Soft Starters
Vapor Proof LED Lights
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)
Vehicle Mounting Plates
Workboat Light Fixtures & Lighting Equipment
Yacht Engine Room Lights
Color Changing LED RGB Lighting
Explosion Proof Cord Reels
GOLIGHT Spotlights
Larson FUTURE - Lease Lighting
Remote Area Lighting and Scene Lights
Utility Bucket Mount, Receiver Hitch & Trailer Mount Lighting
Aevum Control Lighting and Equipment - IIoT
Butane and Solvent Extraction Room Lighting and Equipment
DC to DC Transformers and Power Supplies
Explosion Proof Fans & Blowers
Explosion Proof Paint Spray Booth Approved Lights
Explosion Proof String Lights
Explosion Proof Switchgear & Controls
Fleet Service Lights and Lighting Equipment
Industrial Equipment Trailers
Industrial Handlamps & Droplights
ISO 14644/FS-209E Clean Room Lighting
LED Blasting Lights
Night Time Fishing Lights
Portable AC Power Supply Units
Portable Power Distribution Panels
Power Distribution Panels with KVA Transformers
Self-Contained Lighting
Service Pit Lighting
Solar Generators & Solar Powered Lighting
Agricultural Farm Equipment Lighting & Beacons
Explosion Proof Cameras & Surveillance Systems
Explosion Proof Emergency Lights
Explosion Proof Heaters
Garage & Gas Station Canopy Lights
LED Grow Lights
LED Lights
NDT Ultraviolet Lights
Portable Hazardous Location Lighting
Radio Communication Towers and Equipment
Salt Water Processing Equipment
Shelter & Tent Lighting
Thermal Monitoring Cameras and Systems
48V LED Equipment Lights
ATEX Rated Explosion Proof Lights
Automotive Lighting
Class Rated Signals, Alarms, and Systems
Hazardous Location Area Lights and Portable Lighting
HID Equipment Lights
Hot Work Permit Lighting and Equipment
Hunting Lights
Industrial lasers
Industrial Transformers
Light Towers
Outdoor Lighting
Remote Security and Surveillance Systems
Temporary Construction Lights
Vehicle Mounted Spotlights
Equipment & Heavy Machinery LED Light Package Fitouts
Phase Converters - Single to Three Phase
Marine Shore Power Cords and Equipment
24 Volt Military Lights
Disaster Relief / First Responders / Search & Rescue Lighting
Plastic Handcuff Key
110/120 Volt Flood Lights
Post Mount Spotlights
Magnetic Work Lights
Crank-up Light Masts
Intrinsically Safe Lights
Military Flashlights
LED Waterproof Lanterns
Work Area Lights
12 Volt Flood Lights
Boat Spotlights
New Boat Lights
HID Boat Lights
Boat Dock Lights
Remote Control Lights
Control Lights
Tow Lights
Magnetic Control Lights
NEW Lights and New Products
Evaporative Coolers
Police Equipment
AC/DC Transformers
Power Supplies
Military Spotlights 24V
Infrared Filters, Covert Covers, and Blackout IR Lenses
Military Equipment
Ultralife Batteries
Remote Control Pan Tilt Base
Larson Electronics Spotlights
Larson Electronics Parts
Replacement Lamps
Cords - Brackets
Portable Wheeled Generators
Non-Hazardous Location Extension Cords / Plugs / Outlets
HID Work Lights
HID Dive Lights
HID Off Road Lights
Acro Lights HID Lights
Halogen Lights
Acro Light Flashlight
Xenon HID Flashlights
Powerlight Flashlight
HID Flashlights
Xenon Flashlights
LED Status Lights
Forklift Lights
Tractor Lights
HID Post Mount Lights
Roof Mount Lights
Post Mount Light parts
Flashlight Holder
Magnet Spotlight Base
Tripods-Magnetic Base
Recharging Spotlights
Fire Rescue Lights
LED Street Lights
Utility Lights
Hazard Lights
Strobe Lights - Battery Operated
Strobes & Beacons
Strobe Light Bars
Headlights - Headlamps - Hard Hat Lights
Suction Mount Lights
Magnetic Spotlights
12/24 Volt Spotlights
Gifts For Men
New 12 / 24 Volt Lights
Explosion Proof Accessories and Replacement Parts
Explosion Proof Lighting
Explosion Proof Hand Lamps (Drop Lights)
Explosion Proof Lights - Stand/Dolly
Explosion Proof Tank Lights
Explosion Proof Phones and Intercoms
Explosion Proof Extension Cords
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials
Crane Lights
Explosion Proof Light Rentals
General Light Rentals
Light Tower and Light Plant Rentals
Power Distribution Rentals
Power Plant Lighting
Refinery lights
Environmental Services Lights
Aerospace Lights
Chemical Plant Lights
Food Grade Safe Lights
Film and Entertainment Lights
Handheld Meters and Devices
Waste Water Treatment Lights
Mining Lights
Ship Yard Lights
Work Site Lighting


02/11/19 Designs and Benefits of LED Wall Pack Lights for Homes

LED wall pack lights are effective for outdoor illumination around buildings, such as commercial offices, schools and warehouses. These days, new designs and automated features make the artificial light sources suitable for illumination around homes. [...]

02/04/19 ABYC Wiring Standards and Marine Grade Cables

Boat lights and other types of equipment on vessels are prone to corrosion. Without proper protection, persistent exposure to saltwater can cause devices to deteriorate at an alarming rate. [...]

01/28/19 Industrial Transformer Spacing Requirements and Airflow Optimization

The presence of heat has negative effects on heavy-duty machinery in industrial buildings. Heat can force units to run harder, which can result in more heat. From a long-term perspective, heat may also degrade sensitive components inside machines rapidly, resulting in premature failure. [...]

01/21/19 What Happens to Solar Panels During Cloudy Weather?

Solar panels are very effective, when deployed in locations that experience sunny weather. But what about areas prone to rainy and cloudy conditions? [...]

01/14/19 Outdoor Security Lights: Line Voltage vs Low Voltage

When it comes to setting up lighting systems at home, the two options most owners have to power the units are the following: low voltage and line voltage. The options come with their own respective advantages and disadvantages, depending on the needs of the system. [...]

01/07/19 LED Lights for Offshore Wind Farms 101

In the US, offshore wind farms are projected to increase rapidly within the next decade. Development for such activities are taking place in various parts of the country, including the West Coast and the North East. [...]

12/31/18 Protecting Hazardous Location Lights from Physical Damage

The National Electric Code (NEC) provides recommendations for electrical installations in explosive environments. When it comes to fixed lighting systems in hazardous locations (Class I, Division 2), the manual suggests that fixed units should include components that offer protection from physical damage, using effective guards or by location. [...]

12/26/18 Advantages of Explosion Proof Cameras in Industrial Sites

Explosion proof cameras are vital to safety in combustible work sites. The monitoring devices help reduce exposure to volatile compounds and dangerous sections of the facility, such as elevated walkways, tanks and entry/exit points of confined spaces. [...]

12/17/18 Addressing Explosion Proof Classifications with Fans and Ventilation Systems

Combustible work sites are classified (Class I, II or III and Division 1 & 2) based on the type of flammable substance, presence (frequent or occasional), accumulation levels and type of work conducted in the area. Because these factors are not constant, various sections of a flammable facility can take on different classifications. [...]

12/10/18 How to Increase Holiday Savings with LED Lights

In residential areas worldwide, the use of lights typically increases during the holidays. At the end of the year, many individuals setup lighting displays at home and hold celebrations with family and close friends. Such activities consume electricity, resulting in a spike in billing at the end of the month. [...]

12/03/18 How to Choose Underwater LED Boat Lights

On boats and vessels, LED technology allows operators to benefit from a wide range of lighting configurations. When it comes to underwater LED lights, there are several choices owners must consider to achieve adequate illumination around the boat. [...]

11/26/18 Off-grid vs Grid-tied Solar Panel Systems

There are several ways to benefit from solar energy. Setting up solar panels is one of the most direct ways to harvest natural sunlight and turn it into usable electricity. Read on to learn about how to choose between an off-grid solar PV system and a grid-tied solar unit. [...]

11/19/18 Conduit vs Flexible Cable and Combustible Sites

In industrial facilities, electrical wirings must be protected to ensure reliable performance of equipment, machines and electronics. Conduits, or solid hollow pipes, are typically used to house wires, cables and other types of connections, which prevents exposure to moisture, flammable compounds (in explosive environments) and corrosive substances. [...]

11/12/18 High CRI LED Lighting Applications in Residential Homes

Exceptional color rendering index (CRI) ratings are required in some commercial and industrial facilities, such as paint spray booths and art galleries. But what about homes? Can residential spaces benefit from LED lights with high CRI ratings? [...]

11/05/18 Looking Ahead: Infrared LEDs and Autonomous Ships

The era of autonomous transportation, from trucks and passenger vehicles to ships and trains is just getting started. In the marine sector, autonomous navigation systems are expected to replace human crews, making marine-based operations safer, more efficient and less costly. [...]

10/29/18 Meeting FAA Standards for Lighting Equipment

Lighting manufacturers interested in serving the aviation sector with lighting systems (as an FAA-approved supplier) are required to abide by stringent FAA rulings. Such businesses must go through various certification programs to ensure their products adhere to the performance standards of the FAA. [...]

10/22/18 Functions and Benefits of Charge Regulators for Solar Panels

There are numerous working components that make up a fully functional solar-powered system. While most buyers focus on panels and batteries, other parts of the system, such as charge or power regulators, inverters and timers, are equally as important to ensure sustainable power is readily available. [...]

10/15/18 Extending LED Performance in Marine Environments with Special Coatings

LED lights used in marine environments are highly prone to damage, due to persistent exposure to corrosive substances, such as saltwater. [...]

10/08/18 LED Track Lighting Applications at Home

LED track lighting systems, which consists of several compact LED light heads secured on a single track, are reliable sources of illumination. Previously, this type of LED light was only found in commercial spaces, such as offices, studios and lobbies. However, these days the directional fixtures can be installed inside homes and may serve as task lighting, sources of general illumination and more. [...]

10/01/18 Benefits of Energy Efficient LED Work Lights in Hospitals and Clinics

Some work locations and facilities can benefit from cutting-edge LED lamps more than others, such as hospitals and emergency healthcare buildings. [...]

09/25/18 Taking on Hurricanes with Solar LED Light Towers

Hurricane season can be challenging to overcome without the right equipment, such as solar LED towers. These sustainable units can support numerous types of activities during rough storms, from evacuation to supplying power to emergency equipment. [...]

09/17/18 Visual Alignment Lasers and Safety in Industrial Sawmills

According to OSHA, sawmills are classified as Special Industries that require proactive safety and awareness. This type of sector includes activities related to lumber handling, sawing, trimming, finishing and more (1910.265[a]). [...]

09/10/18 Boosting Home Garden Yields with Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights

For home-based indoor gardens and vegetable farms, improving harvests start with selecting the right type of grow light. On the market today, there are several LED models to choose from, including full spectrum LED grow lamps. [...]

09/04/18 IP Waterproof vs Military Grade for Boat Lights

Boat lights are exposed to harsh elements on a regular basis, such as extreme temperatures and corrosive substances. Because of this, operators frequently seek out heavy-duty luminaries that are waterproof and/or high grade. [...]

08/27/18 Solar Energy Use Cases for Industrial Plants

These days, several leading producers across various sectors, from Tesla’s EV production plant (Gigafactory 1) to Apple’s solar panel field, are leveraging sustainable energy to ease operational costs. [...]

08/20/18 Application of Explosion Proof LED Lights for Class I, Group D Atmospheres (Shipyards)

Shipyards are known to contain flammable substances in the environment. Because of this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends the use of Class I explosion proof LED fixtures. [...]

08/13/18 Setting Up Artificial Moonlight for Landscapes Using LEDs

In residential spaces, landscapes provide several opportunities for homeowners to setup unique lighting effects and configurations. A common option for backyards that cater to outdoor activities at night is the application of artificial moonlights or downlights. [...]

08/06/18 Requirements, Benefits and Options for Custom Power Distribution

For fast-moving businesses, custom power distribution systems are key to flexible and scalable work sites. This is because power distribution requirements for industrial projects are very specific; and to cater to as many customers as possible, manufacturers offer stock models that can meet most power distribution needs on a very general level. [...]

07/30/18 The Proliferation of Smart Cities and its Impact on Lighting Systems

According to urban location analysts, by 2030 around 60 percent of the world’s population will be living in mega cities. To serve the influx of people in such locations, cities are being transformed to become smarter, more efficient and autonomous. [...]

07/23/18 Benefits of Magnetic Mounting Plates for Aluminum Body Ford Trucks

Magnetic mounting features are crucial for businesses that rely on fleet leasing programs. Such options allow companies to rent commercial trucks to supplement daily operations – usually due a spike in service or product demand. [...]

07/16/18 Is Vapor Proof the Same as Explosion Proof?

Often times, industrial projects are conducted in rugged environments, such as mining sites, enclosed tanks (confined spaces) and tunnels. Lights used in these unforgiving locations must be properly protected to prevent premature failure during critical tasks. [...]

07/09/18 Why Does Wind Matter for Light Towers?

Outdoor work sites are prone to numerous unpredictable, weather-related factors, including rain, snow and fog. Preparing for such natural elements is critical to maintaining the safety of workers, reducing damage to equipment and promoting productivity. [...]

07/02/18 Light Mast Heights and Applications

Light masts come in different configurations, features and heights. When addressing the third factor, the units must be able to reach certain heights in order to meet the requirements of the project or industrial work site, which could vary between 7 feet and 120 feet – sometimes exceeding such thresholds. [...]

06/25/18 What’s the Difference Between NO and NC Circuits?

Electrical components, such as switches, circuits and relays, are equipped with contacts and come in various configurations – depending on the functions of the electrical device. Common options for contact configurations in circuits include: normally open and normally closed. [...]

06/18/18 How Do I Convert Watts to Amps? (with Volts)

Measuring electrical flow and power consumption can be tricky, but we’re here to shine some light on the process. [...]

06/11/18 Types of UV Light for Different Applications

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is all around us – in the form natural sunlight. In industrial sectors, the non-visible light has numerous applications, from paint curing and non-destructive testing (NDT) to chemical analysis and counterfeit detection. [...]

06/04/18 Benefits of Solar Power for Remote Locations

According to data from Energy Sage, solar energy became the cheapest source of energy worldwide in 2016 (in over 60 countries). Since then, businesses have been exploring ways to tap into, integrate and benefit from the renewable energy source. [...]

05/30/18 Do I Need a Wye or Delta Transformer for Power Distribution?

Three-phase transformers are configured or wired differently, allowing businesses to make full use of their power distribution systems. The units are equipped with three windings on the primary and secondary side. How the connections are setup on each side essentially determines its configuration. [...]

05/21/18 What is the Difference Between Infrared and Red Light?

Conventional red light, such as lights found on traffic signaling systems, and infrared light, a non-visible beam commonly found in security cameras, are often mixed up by consumers. To shine light on this issue, the lights are not the same and come with contrasting applications and builds. [...]

05/14/18 Calculating for KVA in Single and Three Phase Transformers

Need to size a single or three-phase transformer? Transformer sizes are dictated by their respective KVA rating. Using common variables, one can compute for the required KVA rating or transformer size for a particular project, system or operation. [...]

05/07/18 Weatherproof vs Waterproof vs Marine Rated

Weatherproof, waterproof and marine-rated are frequently used terms to describe industrial equipment, lighting systems, tools and etc. These terms vary greatly and must be fully understood, in order to ensure proper application of the product. [...]

04/30/18 Buck-boost vs Transformer vs Power Distribution Unit – Which One Do I Need?

Businesses in the industrial sector have a handful of options for completing voltage rectification or conversion at the work site. At the most basic level, transformers are commonly utilized for such purposes. [...]

04/23/18 Are Higher Wattage Lights Brighter?

These days, businesses and consumers have numerous options, when it comes to purchasing energy efficient lights. In addition to decreased power consumption, buyers usually also want the brightest available light. [...]

04/16/18 OSHA Violations Lead to Deadly Explosion in Verla International Cosmetics Factory

Observing OSHA guidelines for hazardous locations through the application of explosion proof equipment should never be overlooked. Operators at the Verla International cosmetics factory learned this the hard way, when the plant was engulfed by fire stemming from two crippling explosions. [...]

04/09/18 How to Get the Most Out of Your Lighting Sensor (Benefits, Applications, Recommendations)

Traditionally, lights are controlled using a manual switch. This simple and direct process comes with several drawbacks, such as increased energy consumption (leaving the lights on for too long). In the past decade, advancements and new developments in automation have made their way in the industrial lighting sector – in the form of sensors. [...]

04/02/18 Importance of Four-corner Eyelets for Offshore Lighting Equipment and Crane Lifting

Industrial operations often use heavy machinery and tools for large projects. Such equipment, which includes large lighting systems, must be easily transportable to streamline the setup and tear down process. [...]

03/26/18 Determining EPA Wind Load Specifications for Lights

Wind speed and frequency can affect the stable and reliable nature of industrial light towers, antennas and mounted fixtures in outdoor locations. Such conditions place stress on elevated structures. [...]

03/19/18 Comparing Industrial Transformer Types: Isolation, Auto, DOE and Buck-boost

Industrial transformers come in various sizes, capacities and functionalities (just to name a few). For operators, one must select a transformer that meets the needs and requirements of the project or business. This article compares the following types of transformers and their applications: isolation transformer, auto transformer, DOE 2010/2016 transformer and buck-boost transformer. [...]

03/12/18 Everything You Need to Know About Line Conditioners

Current from mainstream sources, such as the city grid, must travel extended distances before reaching its destination, which for industrial facilities, is typically a large, expensive machine. Unfortunately, this exhausting process can negatively affect the quality of electrical current being fed into the unit, resulting in unwanted fluctuations, unnecessary noise or distortions – also known as “dirty” power. [...]

03/07/18 Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Mining Power Requirements

Cryptocurrency is a multi-faceted technology designed to boost financial transactions, smart contracts and anonymity in the digital world. With a market cap of $445 billion (as of March 6, 2018), the industry is still in its infancy. [...]

03/05/18 Comparing Oil-type and Dry-type Transformers, Which One is Better?

There are several types of transformers available on the market today, which come with their own respective pros and cons. Generally speaking, for medium-size transformers, the units can be categorized as oil-filled (liquid-type) or dry-type (solid state). [...]

02/26/18 Hot Work Permits and Hazardous Locations 101

Depending on the type of work being conducted, a hot work permit is essential to promoting safety in hazardous locations. Hot work is defined as tasks performed that involve fire hazards, such as welding, tasks utilizing spark-producing equipment, cutting, grinding, soldering and etc. [...]

02/19/18 Buck Boost Transformers vs Isolating Transformers: Designs and Applications

Meeting the voltage requirements of industrial equipment, including lighting systems, requires the use of transformers. There are several types of transformers that can perform this crucial task, with two being buck-boost transformers and isolating transformers. [...]

02/12/18 How Does Color Temperature Affect Mood, Motivation and Productivity?

Advancements in commercial lighting research have led to ground-breaking conclusions about the way certain characteristics of light beams affect mood and productivity in the workplace. Such findings can help businesses improve output and ensure employees are provided a conducive environment to complete demanding tasks. [...]

02/05/18 Recommendations for Industrial Product Certification (NRTLs)

For industrial manufacturers, product testing and certification are essential to releasing a product that is reliable, high quality and in demand by businesses or consumers with stringent requirements. Products that require certification from a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) include consumer appliances for safety, industrial equipment and components (usually for durability, safety and code compliance) and electrical equipment. [...]

01/29/18 Intrinsically Safe vs Explosion Proof- What’s the Difference?

Hazardous locations call for specially-engineered lighting systems that can reduce the risks of ignition. For lighting systems and other industrial equipment, the most common types of protection include explosion proof and intrinsically safe. [...]

01/22/18 How to Select a Portable Generator for Post-storm Cleanup

Purchasing a portable generator is one of the best ways to prepare for power outage caused by crippling weather. Having one on standby can help you and your family bounce back quickly after a storm. [...]

01/15/18 Benefits of Switching from HID Lighting to LED High Mast Lighting

High mast lighting systems can be equipped with different types of lamps, depending on the preferences and requirements of the project or work site. Previously, high-intensity discharge (HID) luminaries were the standard used by companies that needed elevated illumination over a wide target area. [...]

01/08/18 Wind Load Calculation for Industrial Light Towers and Portable Masts

Industrial light towers and portable masts are often deployed in rugged, outdoor work sites. Such locations experience a range of unpredictable and destructive elements, including corrosive or acidic rain, rough contact during setup or tear down and strong, crippling winds. [...]

01/02/18 Momentary Switch Applications for Spotlights in Ambulances and Emergency Services

First responders, including paramedics, police officers and firefighters, often make split-second decisions during emergencies. Because of this, the functionality of equipment used at the scene must be reliable, straightforward and sturdy. [...]

12/26/17 How to Buy an Explosion Proof Heater for Industrial Facilities

Powerful heaters are essential to maintaining a comfortable and safe work environment in cold-climate regions. Moreover, the units can help reduce human-related errors and accidents, by eliminating distracting elements associated with bone-chilling temperatures. In hazardous locations, explosion proof heaters are needed to mitigate flammable risks in the facility. [...]

12/18/17 Rechargeable LED Spotlight- Superior Illumination for Rugged, Outdoor Applications (HL.RL-85-LED-CPR)

Multi-tasking is an integral part of industrial operations and busy lifestyles. These days, it’s common for an individual to wear different hats at work and at home. [...]

12/11/17 Sizing Transformers for VFD Loads and Harmonic Currents

Variable frequency drives (VFD) are cutting-edge devices used in a drive system consisting of three main sub-systems: AC motor, main drive controller assembly and drive-operator interface. The units can also be used to control motor speeds, resulting in reduced energy consumption and preserved lifespans for connected machines. [...]

12/07/17 UV LED Lamp Installation Recommendations for AHUs in Industrial Facilities

Large air handling units (AHUs) inside industrial buildings are prone to around-the-clock maintenance to ensure clean air filtration and circulation. Over the past two decades, HVAC specialists have been using ultraviolet (UV) lamps to reduce such requirements. [...]

12/04/17 Comparing Phase Converter and Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Applications

Facilitating voltage conversion, from single phase to three phase, is a common issue in locations where three phase power is unavailable, severely lacking or too costly to introduce from the supply line. [...]

11/30/17 Damp vs Wet Location Ratings for Lights

Wet locations are environments that directly expose lights (and other types of equipment) to water, which could include rain, massive amounts of moisture and snow. When UL ratings are applied to devices designed for wet locations, the units must be tested accordingly. [...]

11/27/17 Comparing Modern Light Dimming Methods for Industrial Fixtures

Light dimmers provide an assortment of benefits for consumers. Dimming lights is an effective option for reducing energy consumption. It also allows you to create and control the overall mood of the space. Interestingly, robust dimmers can help improve the lifespan of lighting systems; in some cases, up to four times or an extra three years. [...]

11/20/17 Explosion Proof Germicidal Lamp Applications for HVAC Disinfection in Industrial Facilities

Ultraviolet (UV) fixtures come with a plethora of uses and applications. From non-destructive testing (NDT) to non-invasive sterilization, UV light can be used to uncover harmful traces of foreign contaminants and abnormal conditions with minimal effort. [...]

11/13/17 Underground vs Aboveground (Overhead) Power Distribution

According to the Federal Energy Information Agency, less than 18 percent of power lines in the US are buried underground. When it comes to exposure to unpredictable weather, aboveground transmission lines are highly prone to damage from nearby trees, poles, homes and structures. [...]

11/09/17 LED Grow Lights for Tomatoes and Indoor Cultivation Techniques

There are several reasons why growers are taking their farming operations indoors. Erratic, devastating weather is on the rise, with flood insurance claims reaching $3.5 billion per year in the US (according to statistics from The Dec Page). Challenges with growing tomatoes during the winter season is another issue many growers hope to address with indoor cultivation techniques. [...]

11/06/17 How to Locate and Use HS Codes for Imported Goods into the US

US-based businesses that work with imported goods from other countries must adhere to proper record-keeping practices in order to streamline compliance with tariff or duty rates. To ease the complications of managing millions of imported goods entering the US, including industrial lights, the World Customs Organization (WCO) created a system for the classification of traded products. [...]

10/30/17 Using Green Flashing Strobe Lights and Lasers for Non-invasive Animal Control

Birds, such as pigeons and geese, as well as common wildlife pests that make their way into residential or commercial locations, including beaver, raccoons and foxes, can be difficult to ward off without the right equipment. [...]

10/26/17 LED Lighting Guide for Flag Poles

National flags are treated with care and respect, due to the patriotic attributes associated with the banners. In the US, the application of flags is governed by the Federal Flag Code. According to the Federal Flag Code (version 2008), national flags should be “preserved by lighting” in environments that could cause it to be “enveloped in darkness.” [...]

10/23/17 Lighting Designs, Equipment and Requirements for Underwater ROVs

Offshore drilling sites, marine exploration projects and commercial fish farms all use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for underwater observation and operations. Such tasks are carried out in very dangerous and unpredictable environments, which limit the general movements of human operators. [...]

10/16/17 Comparing Grow Light Technologies for Legal and Commercial Cannabis Cultivation

According to Forbes, legal cannabis sales reached a whopping $6.7 billion in 2016. New Frontier Data, a US-based market research firm, predicts the nascent industry to reach $24 billion by 2025. The adoption of legal cannabis laws, by open-minded states, on medicinal and recreational levels, is currently driving this trend. To sustain growth in the industry, cannabis cultivators are turning to LED grow lights to optimize plant growth. [...]

10/09/17 Industrial Forklift Classifications and Explosion Proof Lighting Systems

Explosive work sites require the use of special equipment in order to prevent accidental combustion of flammable compounds. As a result, specific types of forklifts must be deployed to promote safety in the workplace. [...]

10/02/17 An Overview of Airfield Lighting Systems for Commercial Airports and Runways

Commercial airfields are major consumers of industrial lighting systems. Such locations use luminaries to guide aircrafts around the site during takeoff, landing, repair, testing and when performing basic land-based maneuvers. [...]

09/25/17 Understanding the True Impact of Turnarounds in Industrial Sectors

Maintenance is a one of the most important aspects of industrial operations. However, due to the busy nature of such sites, it’s not possible to perform repairs and inspections while sustaining daily operations. To effectively complete such tasks, parts of the facility must be shut down temporarily to streamline upkeep. [...]

09/18/17 Avoiding Transformer Fires and Explosions – Best Practices and Safety Guidelines

In 2013, a coal-fired power plant in Georgia was rocked by a crippling explosion that injured three workers. During routine maintenance, a transformer caught on fire, resulting in damages to critical control rooms and other sections of the facility. [...]

09/12/17 Roadside Lighting Systems and DOT Recommendations for Work Zone Illumination

To prevent delays and traffic during peak periods, projects that are facilitated in work zones are typically conducted at night. As a result, rugged luminaries are needed to keep the area lit up, allowing operators to perform their jobs properly and providing drivers plenty of time to detect, react to and avoid the busy work site. [...]

09/05/17 Importance of Solid-state Lighting in Indoor Commercial Horticulture

The success of commercial horticulture, or the practice of growing crops and optimizing plant growth for profit, is highly dependent on the latest lighting technologies available in the market today, such as solid-state luminaries (LEDs). [...]

08/28/17 PoE Technology to Revolutionize the Next Iteration of LED Lighting Systems

In the past decade, LED adoption has increased rapidly, along with the rise of the Internet-of-Things (IoT). For individuals who aren’t familiar with IoT trends, the most important thing to understand is that the two (IoT and LEDs) are closely related to each other. [...]

08/21/17 Challenges and Solutions during Washdown in Industrial Processing Facilities

In order to maintain high sanitation standards, industrial processing facilities must conduct washdown sessions on a regular basis. This includes food processing plants, pharmaceutical facilities, meat storage buildings, dairy processing operations, commercial bakeries, institutional kitchens and industrial freezers. [...]

08/14/17 What You Need to Know About Using USCG Approved Lights in Local Lakes and Ponds

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) oversees and manages navigable and territorial waters in the country, based on 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - Navigation and Navigable Waters. This includes internal waters in the United states that are both subject and not subject to tidal influence, as well as bodies of water used for commerce. [...]

08/07/17 SOS Signal Lighting Could Save Your Life, Here’s How to Do It

Learning how to execute a proper SOS notification can help turn just about any type of light, from a portable flashlight or shiny mirror to a smartphone or even blinking eyes (yes, it’s possible – more on this later), into a rescue device. [...]

07/31/17 Dry Air Cooling Fans vs Evaporative Cooling Systems

Processing plants, refineries, warehouses and other industrial facilities rely on large machines and numerous workers for to maintain consistent operations. These two elements (machines and workers) contribute to the buildup of heat in the building: heavy-duty equipment produces massive amounts of heat, while human bodies are naturally warm to maintain or regulate their core temperature. [...]

07/24/17 Color Selections and Applications for Road Side Beacons

When using beacons for emergency services or notifications on public roads, operators have several color choices. The selection of colors is not just for aesthetics; they determine the type of activity being conducted, as well as reference specific emergency situations. [...]

07/17/17 Sight Glass Designs and Applications in Industrial Sectors

Monitoring operations in real-time comes with several benefits for industrial processing facilities. By having the ability to check on critical parts of operations, such as pipes, storage tanks, nuclear reactors, and mixing containers, it would be possible to catch issues before they escalate or spread to other sections of the site. [...]

07/10/17 How Do Day/Night Photocell Sensors Work?

While engineers and manufacturers work on solutions to close this gap in performance and demand, early adopters of solar lighting have several options available to help make their units more reliable. One of these methods include the use of a day/night photocell sensor. [...]

07/03/17 Addressing Flicker Issues with LEDs and Photography

The widespread adoption of LEDs can be seen in professional film-making and photography. Both industries benefit from the modern luminaries’ sturdy, compact and energy efficient features. With focus on photography, the demanding requirements of shooting under artificial lighting systems have caused some issues to surface. [...]

06/26/17 LED Lighting and Compatibility Issues with Legacy Dimming Systems

LED technology is being adopted by numerous businesses around the world. Its energy saving benefits, long lifespan and modern features have won over individuals who are looking for reliable lighting solutions. But in order for the transition to gain full acceptance by consumers and commercial sectors, LEDs have to be able to support legacy dimming systems and controls. [...]

06/19/17 How Do Relays Function in Industrial Power Distribution Systems?

Relays, or simple switches that are set off or activated via an electrical current, can decrease risks associated with overheating and trips – ensuring the system remains operational with minimal disruption. [...]

06/12/17 Comparing LED Outdoor Flood Lighting Solutions

Today’s markets are saturated with numerous LED flood lights, which can be confusing to sift through if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. This article dives into different types of LED flood lighting solutions for outdoor spaces and environments. [...]

06/07/17 Types of UV Light for Different Applications

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation was discovered in 1801 when the German physicist Johann Wilhelm Ritter observed that invisible rays just beyond the violet end of the visible spectrum darkened silver chloride-soaked paper more quickly than violet light itself. [...]

05/29/17 NFPA 820 Compliance in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Wastewater treatment plants are essential structures in cities and small communities. Such facilities are closely monitored by several professional institutions, such as OSHA and the NFPA. When it comes to the latter group, guidelines set forth in NFPA 820 are regulations that dictate fire hazards in such facilities. [...]

05/25/17 The State of Thermal Dissipation Plastics for LEDs

Too much heat can cause lights to malfunction or fail prematurely. For LEDs, high levels of heat are mitigated through thermal-managing components. During operation, the fixture’s heat sink dissipates heat, moving it away from the unit. This movement is done in a continuous manner to ensure functionality. [...]

05/22/17 Understanding Laser Classifications and Output Levels

Mainstream, low-powered lasers that emit continuous wave beams are harmless to humans. However, there are some lasers that can cause serious damage to one’s skin and eyes. To educate and protect people from using such lasers incorrectly – in a way that could cause injury – regulatory institutions have created a classification system that establishes the level of damage that the units can inflict on humans and animals. [...]

05/18/17 Will Staring at Guidance and Crane Lasers Cause Permanent Blindness?

Most people assume that mainstream, low intensity lasers are capable of severely disrupting vision and causing permanent blindness. Reports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of pilots being affected by culprits shining laser pointers in cockpits (along with imaginary thoughts of planes crashing due to pilots going blind from lasers) have amplified such assumptions. [...]

05/15/17 High Intensity Infrared Illuminators in ANPRs, Transportation Security and Biometric Facial Recognition

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) has evolved greatly in the past decade. This technology is being used by numerous businesses and government organizations. Law enforcement groups rely on such systems to capture individuals speeding at intersections, via traffic light cameras. Electronic tollway systems also use ANPRs to improve the success rate of real-time detection during collections. [...]

05/11/17 Modified Sine Wave Inverters vs Pure Sine Wave Inverters

Most everyday appliances and commercial tools run on AC power. This is fine if you’re connecting the device to a wall outlet that provides AC power. But what if you want to use power from a DC source, like a solar-powered generator or a car battery? [...]

05/08/17 IR 1550 for Covert Military Applications

Infrared (IR) 1550 is a unique, non-visible light beam that has numerous applications in covert military excursions, aerial land surveying (through LIDAR systems) and pharmaceutical manufacturing. This wavelength range is classified in a spectral region that is typically used for long-distance communication. [...]

05/04/17 Metal Halide Remote Ballast Configurations for High Temperature Environments

Although modern metal halide ballasts are designed with active heat dissipating features, exposure to excessively high temperatures could easily decrease the lifespan of the lighting component. An increase in 10°C beyond the temperature threshold of the ballast could decrease its lifespan by roughly 50 percent. [...]

05/01/17 Protective Eye Gear for Laser Viewing and Applications

Some high-grade lasers can damage the eye and burn the skin. Most lasers that are capable of inflicting such injuries are categorized under Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4. For example, UV lasers that emit wavelengths between 180-400nm can cause corneal damage; while some near-IR lasers, ranging between 780-1,800nm, may burn one’s retina. [...]

04/28/17 Light Color Recommendations for Commercial and Industrial Spaces

Light color is a salient aspect of lighting systems, due to its passive contributions to productivity and clarity. Such components are measured using a Kelvin color temperature scale, with 1,500K-2,700K ratings resembling warm, yellowish light, 5,000K-6,500K resembling cool, day white light, and 10,000K resembling a blue sky. [...]

04/26/17 Options for Controlling RGB Lighting Systems

There are several ways to control RGB lights, depending on the needs and specifications of the applicable environment. Trends in wireless connectivity and remote technology have allowed businesses to explore hands-off lighting approaches that are robust, inexpensive and easy to setup. [...]

04/24/17 What Does It Take to Run Large Wattage Lights on Solar?

Sometimes, people have unrealistic expectations when it comes to capabilities of solar panel systems. The reality is, if you want to run large, industrial lights using natural sunlight, you need massive panels and batteries that can support such equipment. [...]

04/21/17 The Importance of Explosion Proof Lights in Cleanrooms

Cleanrooms are pushing the limits of industrial manufacturing and scientific research programs. For professionals, the rooms provide a predictable environment with low levels of stray pollutants, germs, dust and chemical vapors. Activities conducted in cleanrooms are carried out with greater precision and safety. [...]

04/19/17 Lumen Recommendations for Common and Industrial Work Spaces

Light brightness requirements for common and industrial spaces differ greatly. To achieve consistent, bright environments, the fixture’s luminous flux (or lumen [lm], which is the SI unit of luminous flux) must be taken into consideration. By definition, the term “luminous flux” (lx) refers to the total amount of light energy emitted from a fixture in all directions. [...]

04/17/17 Which Light Color Should I Use for Hunting Nocturnal Animals?

The use of lights while hunting nocturnal animals is common practice and widespread. But exactly how luminaries are applied on the field can sometimes be confusing, due to conflicting tips among hunters in the community. For example, some individuals claim that green light is most effective for all types of animals, while others recommend using red light due to its ability to reduce spooking. [...]

04/14/17 Li-ion Rechargeable versus SLA Batteries in Handheld Hunting Lights

Handheld hunting devices, including rechargeable spotlights, rely on batteries for power on the field. Below highlights the difference between li-ion and sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries, as well as the applications of portable batteries in the hunting industry. [...]

04/05/17 Solar Powered Generators for Remote Areas

Floodlights are used to illuminate large locations, such as fields, gardens and remote work sites. In residential areas, they are utilized for security or perimeter lighting around a home. Because of this, the lights push out wide, intense beams in order to cover as much space as possible. [...]

04/05/17 Benefits and Applications of Thermal Monitoring Solutions for Security and Surveillance

In the field of security and covert operations, thermal detection is becoming increasingly common. With thermal cameras, infrared (IR) illuminators and light towers, agents no longer have to succumb to the drawbacks of operating in unfavorable, nighttime conditions. [...]

04/05/17 The State of Carbon Fiber for Thermal Dissipation in LEDs

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) require efficient heat sinks in order to operate consistently. In an attempt to remedy concerns surrounding the efficiency of such components and to create a solid foundation for high-powered LED variants, manufacturers have been exploring new materials with exceptional thermal dissipating properties. [...]

04/05/17 Importance of Red Lenses in Hunting Lights

Red lenses are essential accessories for hunters. The application of such lights can help individuals find predatory animals lurking around the area. Compared to night vision goggles, red lenses do not change the surrounding colors of the environment, resulting in a more immersive hunting experience. [...]

04/03/17 Explosion Proof Lights- Glass vs. Plastic

Explosion proof lights are designed to keep hazardous work environments safe and secure. In addition to providing adequate visibility in dark areas, such products actively prevent sparks or ignitions that can cause explosions. The lighting solution can be found in establishments that deal with explosive gases such as food processing plants, offshore lighting, paint spray booths and marine work areas. [...]

03/31/17 Benefits of Early Morning Hunting and Hunting Light Applications

Hunting nocturnal animals is a pastime that requires the support of powerful accessories, such as a red spotlight. Having such equipment readily available greatly increases the success rate of individuals behind the scope, despite hunting in unfavorable, low visibility conditions. [...]

03/30/17 NEC Classifications and Divisions for Hazardous Locations

Electrical equipment in hazardous (classified) locations present a serious threat for workers due to the existence of explosive dust and vapors. Examples of such facilities range from grain mills and gasoline stations to aircraft hangars and chemical manufacturing plants. [...]

03/29/17 Hazardous Location LEDs in Chemical Manufacturing Facilities

Employees inside chemical manufacturing plants are exposed to some of the most unforgiving work conditions in the industrial sector. This is because in such environments, workers are exposed to extreme temperatures, dust, volatile chemicals and invisible, explosive gases. [...]

03/28/17 Green Lens Applications for Night Fishing

Green lights are useful for attracting large fish at night. Anglers have relied on the practice for decades; and the technique is steadily becoming more effective with the proliferation of new, robust lighting technology. [...]

03/27/17 Why Solar Panels Are Grossly Inefficient (But Sometimes the Only Choice)

Solar energy is an unlimited power source that, in some ways, is very inefficient. At the moment, developments in photovoltaic (PV) technology cannot meet the expectations of mainstream consumers and commercial establishments. However, this does not mean that solar generators are useless. They play a very crucial role in delivering power to far-flung locations, temporary camps and remote bases. [...]

03/24/17 UV Light Treatment for HVAC Systems

Ultraviolet (UV) light can be applied to support numerous applications in a broad range of industries. In commercial paint spray booths and label manufacturing plants, UV lamps are used to streamline paint jobs and the printing of logos. Outside of such practices, the light source may also be utilized to eradicate harmful, disease-causing bacteria. [...]

03/23/17 Retrofit Wall Packs: Why Upgrading to LED is Beneficial

Wall pack lighting systems that use traditional light sources often fail to meet the expectations of large businesses. The type of fixtures that are typically deployed for such locations are high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, which are known to support outdated technology for light production. [...]

03/22/17 Power Distribution Systems on Movie Sets

Equipment found on movie sets, such as industrial lights, sound boards and filming monitors, have special electrical requirements. As a whole, the devices demand considerable amounts of electricity to maintain operation. Individually, each component may have different electrical needs. [...]

03/21/17 OSHA and MSHA Requirements for String Lights

Industrial string lights are used to support temporary lighting systems. Such luminaries are commonly found in mining operations, warehouses and construction sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) governs the application of temporary string lights to ensure safety for operators and nearby workers in the site. [...]

03/20/17 Mega Tower LEDs versus Metal Halide Towers

Lights are essential for businesses in the construction sector. Most construction sites, due to their barren nature, do not have reliable access to power. Because of this, massive luminaries in the form of light towers are deployed on the site to ensure that work can be carried out at night, or during cloudy, low light outdoor conditions. [...]

03/17/17 Isolated versus Non-isolated Drivers for LEDs

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are being developed to become more efficient and cost effective for industrial sectors. One of the ways manufacturers are contributing to this trend is through performance-enhancing designs. In particular, drivers are being optimized to improve the lifespan and reliability of LED fixtures. [...]

03/16/17 Basic Fundamentals of Aviation Lighting Systems

Aviation lighting systems play an essential role in the safety of aircraft operations, both in air and on land. Such fixtures may include strobing beacons, corrosion resistant flood lights, obstruction lights and portable, explosion proof luminaries. The application of aviation lighting components are not limited to planes and airport facilities. They can also be found on commercial towers, ships, cranes and repair hangers. [...]

03/15/17 An Overview for Creating Lighting Layouts

Lighting layout software is a robust tool that can be used to analyze the performance of fixtures in a lighting system. It is capable of handling a variety of spaces, including residential kitchens, as well as stadiums and other large facilities. Furthermore, different types of lighting products may be plotted in a layout to achieve cutting-edge performance. [...]

03/14/17 Measuring Light in Colors Other Than White

Lighting manufacturers have several tools at their disposal for measuring light in colored fixtures. Such devices capture specific wavelengths or bands within the visible electromagnetic spectrum that colored lights emit during output. For example, when viewed using a spectrometer, an LED light with a high color temperature rating appears to generate generous amounts of blue and yellow wavelengths. [...]

03/13/17 Solar Powered Light Towers for Remote Areas

Solar powered light towers can be installed in remote locations to support industrial operations, emergency services in disaster zones and exploratory excursions. The portable units are a viable option for businesses and groups that engage in activities in far-flung areas, because they do not rely on the grid for electrical power and limited fuel sources, such as gasoline or propane. [...]

03/10/17 Thermal Conductive Plastics for LED Applications

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are extremely efficient in mitigating heat during operation. However, with manufacturers pushing the limits of LEDs, traditional methods for heat dissipation may not be enough to keep the fixtures going, especially for businesses with complex lighting requirements. [...]

03/09/17 RGB Lights: Indoor vs Outdoor Lighting

RGB indoor and outdoor lighting solutions vary greatly. Indoor fixtures are sensitive to corrosion and offers very little protection against exposure to wet elements. Outdoor lights that have been approved by various product safety organizations, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), are great options for exterior locations that experience harsh weather. [...]

03/08/17 How to Choose Boat LED Lights for Your Vessel

Buying boat LED lights is nothing like purchasing luminaries for your home. In addition to looking for something that looks great and performs well, marine-grade fixtures must be durable and highly resistant to corrosion and rough treatment. Furthermore, when it comes to compliance, luminaries for vessels are typically low voltage (10-30V DC). Due to limited space often associated with ships, the units should also be compact. [...]

03/07/17 Paint Spray Booth Lights and Equipment 101

Paint spray booth facilities are considered to be a hazardous location due to the presence of flammable compounds from the use of paint and chemicals during operations. Such hazards are also present during maintenance, especially when using acetone to clean excess paint around the area. In order to minimize risks associated with explosions and fires, businesses in the sector must closely adhere to guidelines related to lighting, booth configuration and air filtration. [...]

03/06/17 Passing UV Light with Acrylic

Ultraviolet (UV) light has contrasting effects on plastics and glass, depending on the properties of the material. Acrylic is a widely used thermoplastic in mainstream and industrial sectors for lightweight covers, replacements for traditional glass and protective barriers. Read on to learn about the robust properties of acrylic and its applications in marine environments, security and commercial lighting. [...]

03/03/17 LED Bulbs: Enclosed versus Non-Enclosed Fixtures

Just because LEDs operate at cooler temperatures than traditional lamps, such as incandescent lights and CFLs, it does not mean that the modern luminaries can withstand all types of configurations and designs. [...]

03/02/17 Why are Seal Offs Needed for Installations that are Not Rigid Pipes?

Seal offs, or sealing fittings, are commonly found in hazardous locations. Industrial facilities where explosive vapors and dust are present must implement the practice to prevent the ignition and spread of such volatile components in the workplace. [...]

03/01/17 Class I, Division 1 Explosion Proof Equipment for Cabinet Makers

Varnishes and paints used by professional cabinet makers could cause fires and serious injuries without proper explosion proof equipment. [...]

02/28/17 Integrating Solar Lights with Motion Sensors

Solar powered motion sensor lights are effective security accessories for remote locations that experience sufficient amounts of sunlight throughout the day. The units offer seamless installation, require minimal maintenance and remain operational without electrical support. [...]

02/28/17 Isolated vs. Non-isolated Power Supplies for LED Applications

The performance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is highly dependent on its working parts and circuit configuration. In order to save space and reduce production costs, some manufacturers are incorporating non-isolated designs without isolating transformers. [...]

02/27/17 HMI Lighting on Set and Why it Needs to Change

Hydrargyrum medium-arc iodide (HMI) lamps are the current standard for lights in the film industry. They are very powerful luminaries that can easily illuminate dark sets, and are capable of outshining traditional fixtures, such as fluorescent lamps and tungsten lights. Unfortunately, HMIs are also staggeringly expensive and fragile, making them a liability during filming. [...]

02/27/17 Application of LEDs in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Wastewater treatment plants are prone to explosive risks due to the presence of volatile, flammable compounds inside the building. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has highlighted the dangers of such hazardous environments through a federal safety investigation of a Canastota wastewater plant. [...]

02/24/17 The Science Behind Hunting Coyotes Using Red Spotlights

Hunting nocturnal animals, such as coyotes and wild hogs, call for unique practices that expose the natural weakness of nighttime creatures. One of these practices involves the use of red spotlights to target animals that are color blind, dichromatic or have poor eyesight. The application of this technique strongly relies on the hunter’s knowledge in light manipulation and various degrees of color perception displayed by the nocturnal creatures. [...]

02/24/17 Glass and UV-Passing Acrylic Lens in UV Light Applications

Glass and UV-passing acrylic lenses play an important role in ultraviolet (UV) lighting. Both are applied to control the transmission of specific wavelengths from the fixture to the target area. When used for windows, the panels offer protection from harmful UV bands. [...]

02/23/17 Explosion Proof Lights and Hot Environments

Fixtures that are exposed to high ambient temperatures are prone to failure and malfunction. In industrial facilities with high lighting consumption rates, this is can be a complex issue to address, especially in hazardous locations where explosive dust and vapors are present. As a solution, establishments may apply explosion proof metal halide and incandescent fixtures with external ballasts. [...]

02/23/17 Near-field Goniophotometer vs Integrated Sphere System

This article aims to compare the uses, advantages and suitability of both measuring tools. One can also find recommendations for committing to a specific instrument based on the accuracy of results generated by both devices (separately). [...]

02/22/17 Purposes for IR 1550

Infrared (IR) has been around for almost two centuries. It was first discovered by Sir William Herschel in the 1800s. The invisible wavelength is relevant to everyday living, since many scientists believe that over 50 percent of the Sun’s energy that makes it to Earth arrives in the form of IR. [...]

02/22/17 When are Oil Wells an Explosive Hazard?

Contrary to popular belief, an oil well can be an explosive hazard even when it is not in operation (pumping steady). An EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics cited that the oil and gas sector experiences the most deaths from fires and explosions, compared to other private industries. [...]

02/21/17 Replacing Standard T12 Fixtures with LEDs

Incandescent T12 bulbs are being phased out on a federal level by the US Department of Energy. The agency implemented a restriction on the manufacturing and importing of inefficient T12 lamps of various models and sizes, such as standard four-foot T12 units, eight-foot variants and two-foot models typically found in commercial establishments. [...]

02/21/17 Industrial LEDs for Oil and Gas Drilling Applications

Oil and gas facilities present several unique challenges for industrial lighting manufacturers. This article provides an overview of the types of LED lights used on drilling sites, specific safety regulations that prevent fixture degradation, and long-term factors that affect maintenance and operational costs. [...]

02/20/17 Explosion Proof Lights: Glass vs. Plastic

Explosion proof lights are designed to keep hazardous work environments safe and secure. In addition to providing adequate visibility in dark areas, such products actively prevent sparks or ignitions that can cause explosions. The lighting solution can be found in establishments that deal with explosive gases such as food processing plants, offshore lighting, paint spray booths and marine work areas. [...]

02/20/17 Importance of Green Lenses in Fishing Lights

Green lenses and lights are used after sunset to increase fishing activity in the water. Without the robust lighting accessories, one would be left to fish in overwhelming mystery and darkness. [...]

02/17/17 Replacing PAR 38 Bulbs with LEDs

Eave mount lights are found around homes and businesses for security lighting. The fixtures are typically installed in the part of the roof that meets or overhangs the walls of the building. Because they are considered to be one of the most used exterior lights in a busy facility, it is important to keep the units working efficiently, in order to reduce the possibility of break-ins from intruders. [...]

02/17/17 Class I, Division 1 Industrial Lights for THC Extraction Labs

The cannabis industry is growing at a rapid rate. According to a report published by Marijuana Business Daily, the emerging sector is forecasted to overtake craft beer and organic food products. With legalization gaining momentum, it could reach $44 billion by 2020. The study also pointed out that for every dollar spent on weed, the local economy gains three dollars. [...]

02/16/17 LED Applications for Oil and Gas Refining and Processing

Oil and gas processing facilities are unsafe due to the existence of hazardous compounds during operations. When addressing such issues, companies in the sector may deploy explosion proof lighting systems to prevent the ignition of sparks created from the electrical equipment. [...]

02/16/17 How to Choose the Correct GoLight

Golight features some of the most reliable lighting products available in the market today. The company’s offerings are ideal for the following sectors: marine, law enforcement, industrial and disaster operations. In order to get the most out of the fixtures, one must first understand the features of each model and its proper applications. [...]

02/15/17 What Role Does Green Light Play While Hunting Wild Pigs?

In nocturnal hunting and fishing sectors, green light is widely used to attract animals and marine life. The beam, which consists of wavelengths measuring approximately 510 nm, offers moderate penetration during nighttime conditions. Some animals, such as wild pigs, deer and other varmints, have a difficult time detecting green light. [...]

02/15/17 Closer Look at the Capacity of SLA Batteries and Solar Energy Systems

Sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries have a reputation for being durable when used to support portable electronic devices. They require minimal maintenance and offer leak-proof capabilities. But when used with solar energy systems, the units present issues that can hinder the potential and performance of the machines. [...]

02/14/17 What is the Difference Between A19 and A60?

Light bulbs come in different shapes and sizes. In order to find one that is suitable for your lamp or lighting system, it is important to understand how manufacturers classify such components. One of the most common types of mainstream bulbs is the A19. But there is also the A60, which in some ways is very similar to the A19. This article aims to demystify both types of light bulbs and provide information surrounding universal light bulb codes. [...]

02/14/17 Benefits of Explosion Proof Plugs and Cords

Hazardous locations, where combustible gases, vapors and dust are present, require explosion proof or intrinsically safe equipment to prevent catastrophic accidents. In addition to explosion proof fixtures, operators must use explosion proof extension cords and plugs for complete protection in the workplace. [...]

02/13/17 Boat LED Lights: Retrofit vs Replacing Lights in Marine Environments

These days, several lighting technologies are available for docks, boats, shipyards and other marine-based establishments. Some common options include incandescent bulbs, metal halide lamps, fluorescent luminaries and LEDs. Due to the corrosive nature of marine environments, most equipment that are used on or near bodies of water have a limited lifespan. [...]

02/13/17 The Impact of Light Color on Productivity

According to a 1989 Louis Harris survey (the Steelcase Office Environment index), employees isolated eye strain problems as a leading health hazard in offices. Visual strain is closely linked with inadequate lighting systems and configurations at work. For businesses that are interested in boosting productivity, it is crucial to implement the right light color and color temperature rating in the workplace. [...]

02/10/17 Lighting Applications- Cool White vs Warm White

Color temperature ratings can be used to accentuate various characteristics of an environment. The practice was discovered in 1880s by William Kelvin, a British physicist. The researcher experimented with different color temperatures using a block of carbon that was heated at different settings. These days, Kelvin’s findings are being applied to improve and fine-tune lighting conditions in rooms and buildings. [...]

02/10/17 Nuclear Facility Lighting Recommendations and Guidelines

Nuclear power plants have very strict lighting requirements due to the delicate nature of work conducted in such facilities. Operators typically avoid experimental or untested luminary designs; and opt for traditional lighting options that have been tried and tested for safety and reliability. [...]

02/09/17 Surge Suppression in LED Lights

LEDs rely on a steady-state current to function optimally. Such luminaries utilize small components that actively monitors incoming currents to ensure the circuit does not get fried by an electrical surge. [...]

02/09/17 Comparing Lighting Capabilities of Explosion Proof Luminaries

Explosion proof lights are essential for businesses that work with and around hazardous compounds. These days, there are numerous types of explosion proof luminaries available on the market. Such options range from handheld flashlights and drop lights to high bay fixtures and light towers. Additionally, customers must choose from a handful of lighting technologies that come with their own unique set of advantages and characteristics. [...]

02/08/17 How to Select an LED Motion Sensor Security System

Commercial garages that store expensive vehicles and machinery need to be well guarded in order to deter thieves and burglars from doing what they do best. Installing LED motion sensors in the facility is one of the best ways to streamline security measures for such locations. Read on to find out how to choose the right LED motion sensor security system for your business. [...]

02/08/17 Light Flicker on Set

Light flicker during filming is a serious concern that can affect the final outcome of the clip. Addressing such issues is no easy task, because there are several factors that can contribute to flickering, such as a fixture’s electronic ballast, dimming techniques and camera recording frame rates (just to name a few). [...]

02/07/17 Passing UV Light with Polycarbonate

Lenses, covers and sheets handle ultraviolet (UV) light differently. Some are capable of blocking harmful UV bands, while allowing specific wavelengths to pass through. Others rely on film and coatings to improve its UV-blocking properties. Polycarbonate is one of the most common materials that is used for UV protection. Its applications range from mainstream eyewear to fixture covers for industrial lighting products. [...]

02/07/17 Why Can People See Light Beacons From Far Distances?

The distance at which a flashing beacon can be seen strongly relies on the following factors: power supply and type of lighting technology applied to the fixture. For example, a compact beacon that utilizes a set of powerful lithium-ion batteries and LEDs can be seen up to three miles away (generally speaking). [...]

02/06/17 HID versus Halogen in Hunting Lights

The unpredictable nature of hunting trips can be minimized using reliable luminaries. In the hunting accessories market, individuals have a range of technologies at their disposal, such as halogen and high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps. Below is a detailed comparison of both types of lights, as well as recommendations for use in hunting locations. [...]

02/06/17 RGB Lights: Memory vs Non-Memory

RGB lights support a robust selection of controls and functions that can be used to streamline application. One of the most in demand features by businesses today is memory. Read on to find out how memory functionality works in RGB lights, and how they compare with non-memory RGB fixtures. [...]

02/03/17 The Lowdown on 12-volt Spotlights

Low voltage lights are practical alternatives for line voltage fixtures with demanding power requirements. With focus on 12-volt spotlights, the fixtures offer a myriad of advantages for remote applications. For example, the units consume up to 20 percent less energy compared to conventional incandescent lamps. This equates to long-term savings in energy consumption and electricity bills. Below provides a closer look at the superior benefits of 12-volt, low voltage luminaries. [...]

02/03/17 What is a Spectrometer?

The characteristics of a white LED light differs greatly, when compared to a yellow CFL. Without any special tools, one can see that the LED emits a clear white color, while the CFL generates yellow light. Going one step further, using a spectrometer, one will be able to “dissect” the light sources and see that they are composed of other colors in the visible light spectrum, such as blue bands in LEDs. [...]

02/02/17 Benefits of Solar LED Beacons

Recent advancements in solar, LED and industrial lighting technologies have helped develop a new type of beacon with hands-off capabilities. The traditional LED beacon is the latest device to be equipped with solar panels, greatly enhancing its power management and operational features. Without reliance on the grid, such devices can be installed in virtually any outdoor location that is exposed to sunlight on a regular basis. [...]

02/02/17 LED Lights on Movie Sets

LED technology is being adopted in numerous high-performing industrial sectors, such as manufacturing, aviation and filming. On movie sets, LEDs are known for their robust lighting capabilities and reliable features. Read on to understand how LEDs are shaping the movie industry. [...]

02/01/17 Measuring IR Light and Near-IR Light

Infrared (IR) light emits a broad range of non-visible wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum. Applications for infrared, including near-infrared, are defined by the respective IR bands during output. For example, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) equipment uses 1,000 nm and 1,550 nm IR bands while surveying an area. In the military sector, 850 nm, 1,060 nm and 1,500 nm (and up) are used in IR laser range detection systems. [...]

02/01/17 Light Color and its Effect on Attracting Bugs around Entrances

Lights are notorious for attracting bugs. The level of attraction varies, depending on the color of the light, the color temperature rating of the bulb and the type of insects in the area. Keeping bugs away from entrances requires the observation of strategic practices that discourages tiny pests from loitering around entry points. [...]

01/31/17 Why Are People Obsessed with Dimming LED Lights?

From residential spaces to industrial facilities, people want to be able to control their lighting systems. Such custom features include changing the fixture’s colors and brightness settings. The latter involves pairing luminaries with compatible dimmers. Previously, this was not an issue for traditional lighting technologies, like incandescent and halogen lamps. [...]

01/31/17 Uses and Industrial Applications of Colored LED Lights

LEDs are capable of producing an array of colors using RGB diodes. Individually, these colors have very specific industrial applications. From promoting sleep to enhancing night vision, it is vital to understand how colored LEDs are being used by professionals today. For industrial lighting manufacturers, choosing the right color of light may enhance the features and effectiveness of their offerings, resulting in higher consumer adoption rates. [...]

01/30/17 Mega Tower LEDs versus Metal Halide Towers

Lights are essential for businesses in the construction sector. Most construction sites, due to their barren nature, do not have reliable access to power. Because of this, massive luminaries in the form of light towers are deployed on the site to ensure that work can be carried out at night, or during cloudy, low light outdoor conditions. [...]

01/30/17 Types of Dimming for LED Lights

Dimming LEDs is a feature that is in demand by lighting specialists, professionals and mainstream consumers. There are several ways to dim LEDs; and choosing the correct method requires knowing the technical prerequisites of the desired dimming functions and luminary builds. [...]

01/27/17 Using RGB Bulbs in Landscape Lighting

RGB lights are fixtures with red, blue and green colors. The colors can be combined to produce roughly 16 million different combinations. For example, green and red can be combined to produce yellow, and a mixture of red and blue results in violet. Despite the numerous hues available, some colors, such as brown and pink, cannot be, or are impossible to, achieve using RGB lights. [...]

01/27/17 Transitioning to LEDs- Direct Fits vs Bypass

The adoption of light-emitting diode (LED) technology requires businesses to upgrade existing fluorescent fixtures in the building. Manufacturers are facilitating this transition by offering seamless replacement options for buyers. [...]

01/26/17 Why Dimming Bulbs Don’t Always Dim to Zero Percent

Dimming is a functionality that is highly valued by individuals who are interested in custom lighting systems. Setting up smooth dimming features can be a daunting task, because there are several factors to take into consideration. Fixture-to-dimmer compatibility, electrical configurations and personal dimming preferences are just some issues that individuals must conquer when installing light dimmers. [...]

01/26/17 The Prolific State of Narrow Beam LEDs

As demand for LEDs increase worldwide, lighting manufacturers are working around the clock to cater to specific beam configurations, such as wide and narrow beams. This article provides an overview of the narrow beam LEDs market, as well as a summary of complex obstacles that manufacturers and designers are facing during production. [...]

01/25/17 Options for Synchronizing Color Changing Bulbs

Individuals who are interested in color and light synchronization solutions may choose from several configurations to meet the needs of the location. This article covers the mechanisms of three lighting control systems for RGB bulbs, and their application in various lighting environments. [...]

01/25/17 Lighting Considerations for Indoor and Outdoor Sets

Movie sets have meticulous lighting requirements. Optimal lighting conditions can enhance filming by contributing to the mood of the scene and illuminating dark spots in the shot. Bright lighting systems may also help promote safety for crew members setting up electrical wirings and installing fixtures on the set. [...]

01/24/17 What is the Best Way to Light up a Building with Colors?

Need to light up a building with vibrant, energetic colors? Technological advancements in large image projection, industrial lighting and colored filters can be used to support elaborate lighting displays on buildings. Read on to learn about three effective methods for lighting up a building with colors. [...]

01/24/17 Glass and UV-Passing Acrylic Lens in UV Light Applications

Glass and UV-passing acrylic lenses play an important role in ultraviolet (UV) lighting. Both are applied to control the transmission of specific wavelengths from the fixture to the target area. When used for windows, the panels offer protection from harmful UV bands. [...]

01/23/17 LED Lighting and Security Cameras Around the House

Security cameras require light in order to produce clear images during surveillance. This can be a serious problem for crimes that occur at night. In most cases, background lighting from the street or adjacent room is not enough to support such systems; and the absence of sunlight greatly reduces the camera’s efficiency under low light conditions. [...]

01/23/17 Fluorescents vs LEDs in Paint Booths

Paint booth businesses rely on high quality lights inside the facility for accurate paint jobs. The most common fixtures used by the industry are fluorescent lamps. But now, some operators are switching to LEDs for their energy efficient and robust lighting properties. [...]

01/20/17 Things to Consider with LED Uplighting

Large gatherings, such as outdoor events, weddings, concerts and conferences, call for robust lighting techniques to support elaborate decorations, and enhance the overall mood of the environment. [...]

01/20/17 Explosion Proof UV Lights for Commercial and Industrial HVAC systems

In the past decade, more and more people have been installing UV lights in their HVAC systems to eradicate harmful bacteria. A timely study from Duke University Medical Center has proven the effectiveness of using UVC bands to disinfect a myriad of dangerous microbes, including highly-resistant bacteria. [...]

01/19/17 What is Nominal Length of LED Tubes?

Nominal sizes serve as “general descriptions” for lighting manufacturers when identifying a range or category of products. The nominal size of a unit is typically not the same as the exact measurement of the product. Instead, the nominal size can be referred to as a standardized dimension for a set of or several units in the same series. [...]

01/19/17 Commercial Pit Lighting Recommendations, Layouts and Best Practices

According to an article archived by Commercial Motor (published on May 25, 1973), inspection pits typically found in commercial repair garages are filled with dangerous hazards that could cause fatal accidents. The publication was one of the first organizations to acknowledge explosive hazards associated with handling ignitable liquids during car repair projects. [...]

01/18/17 Why Corrosion Resistance Matters in Boat Lights

Boat lights are constantly subject to corrosion from exposure to cleaning agents and saltwater. The latter, also known as aqueous corrosion, is responsible for diminishing light performance. [...]

01/18/17 How Can LEDs Compete with HMIs on Set?

On movie sets, producers have a plethora of lighting technologies at their disposal. Currently, hydrargyrum medium-arc iodide (HMI) lamps dominate the industry as the lighting option of choice. They are known for generating incomparable, intense light beams that other types of fixtures simply can’t match. However, there is another type of light that many professionals are raving about: light-emitting diodes (LEDs). [...]

01/17/17 Upgrading PAR38 Bulbs with LEDs

PAR38 bulbs are universal lighting units that come with numerous applications in commercial, industrial and residential settings. By definition, A PAR38 LED bulb is a Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (or Pressed-glass Aluminized Reflector) configured light bulb that supports LED features. [...]

01/17/17 Difference between Pendant, Surface and Ceiling Mounts

Light mounts are vital to achieving adequate lighting conditions in industrial facilities. They can support optimal positions for fixtures during operation, which may prevent light wastage and improve visibility in confined spaces, as well as rooms with complex machinery. [...]

01/16/17 Color Temperatures of LED Light that Attract Bugs

Previously, it was believed that LEDs do not attract bugs during nighttime operations. But now, new sources suggest that insects are drawn to LEDs, with emphasis on specific wavelengths and color temperatures. [...]

01/16/17 Defining Daylight White

When optimizing lighting conditions for a specific location, one must take intensity and light color into consideration. One of these options is daylight white, or the natural lighting conditions of outdoor environments during a sunny day. [...]

01/13/17 Considerations for Solar Energy Systems that Owners Must Know About

Installing solar energy in your home requires understanding key variables that can help you put together a fully functioning off-grid solar system. These factors include the following: daily energy consumption, number of solar panels, battery selection and maintenance. [...]

01/13/17 Advantages of Corrosion Resistant Lighting in Offshore Helidecks

Corrosion resistant lighting must be installed in offshore helidecks due to the extreme nature of the hazardous location. The use of such luminaries can extend the lifespan of the location’s lighting system and provide safety for aircraft pilots and workers on the site. [...]

01/12/17 Addressing Issues with LED Floodlights and Backlighting

Floodlights are used to illuminate large locations, such as fields, gardens and remote work sites. In residential areas, they are utilized for security or perimeter lighting around a home. Because of this, the lights push out wide, intense beams in order to cover as much space as possible. [...]

01/12/17 What Happens to LED Lights in a Vacuum?

Successful NASA projects revealed that LED lights work in space. In fact, according to Robert Frost, instructor and flight controller in NASA, astronauts use a wide range of lights in space, including incandescent bulbs on space suit helmets and high intensity metal halide spotlights on the International Space Station. [...]

01/11/17 How to Project Large Images on Buildings

With the rise of advanced imaging machines, businesses are treated to new outdoor advertising methods that were previously unfathomable. One of these techniques involves the use of commercial projectors to display large images on buildings. Image projections are typically deployed when promoting upbeat product launches, savvy promotions and the release of movies. [...]

01/11/17 Solar Light Towers for Remote Security

Lights are the most important components of security systems. Well-lit locations are generally avoided by trespassers, because such areas can disrupt stealthy movements. The isolated nature of far-flung locations, such as military bases, mining sites, agricultural operations and manufacturing plants, can be made secure with solar perimeter lighting, coupled with other security devices. [...]

01/10/17 Replacing Pool Lights with LED RGB Lights

The most common type of LED RGB pool light available in the market today is the Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) bulb. Such bulbs closely resemble traditional, screw-in type pool fixtures with an Edison base. Transitioning from incandescent pool bulbs to PAR LED RGB bulbs is as simple as removing the old unit and replacing it with the new one (no re-wiring required). [...]

01/10/17 Passing UV Light with Different Types of Glass

Recent developments in the field of glass manufacturing has ushered in new technology that helps block harmful UV rays. These days, it is possible to block up to 99 percent of UV light, using a special film. [...]

01/09/17 Benefits of Boat LED Lights in the Competitive Marine Sector

For businesses in the commercial marine sector, LED luminaries can provide a competitive edge over companies that rely on outdated lighting systems. The unpredictable conditions of marine-based operations, mostly from corrosive saltwater and rough handling, can degrade mainstream luminaries quickly. [...]

01/09/17 LED Landscape Lighting 101

The requirements of landscape lighting often raises several issues with performance, maintenance and costs. This is because the lights serve numerous applications and purposes around the installed location. For example, they are used for security and guidance after sunset. Furthermore, the fixtures may also be utilized to boost aesthetics for statues and pathways. [...]

01/09/17 LED Lighting Systems for Particle Accelerators

Accelerator facilities are filled with long, underground tunnels that houses large machine components, beam pipes, powerful magnets and walkways. Such locations must comply with IEC 60598-2-22 on Standard for Luminaires for Emergency Lighting. The regulation requires emergency fixtures not exceeding 1,000 volts to function in emergency mode for half of its rated duration (minimum) in ambient temperatures of 70 degrees Celsius. [...]

01/06/17 LED Applications for Aircraft Maintenance Facilities

Businesses that specialize in aircraft maintenance must take high quality lighting conditions into consideration during operations. There are numerous factors in such facilities could make inspections difficult to carry out. [...]

01/05/17 Color Producing LEDs versus Colored Lighting Gels

Color manipulation is an important feature in commercial lighting systems. In the film industry, there are two ways to achieve colored lighting: RGB LEDs and colored gels. Deciding which method to apply strictly depends on the lighting objectives of the operator and the type of fixtures being used on the set. [...]

01/05/17 HID versus LED in Hunting Lights

Currently, high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are robust lighting technologies that can be found in the competitive hunting sector. Both types of luminaries have a solid reputation for producing bright, powerful light beams. However, when it comes to design and light production, they differ greatly. [...]

01/05/17 Green Lens and Hunting Varmints

Using a green lens while hunting varmints is a common, traditional practice that sometimes generates inconsistent results. This is because the technique is strongly influenced by several factors that go beyond the “invisible” color of the lens. [...]

01/04/17 Does Red Lens Really Help When Hunting Varmints?

The practice of using red lenses when hunting varmints is controversial. Some hunters are diehard fans of the technique, while others have reported the method to be ineffective and a complete waste of time. This article aims to demystify the conventional practice of using red lenses by shining much needed light on the reasoning behind the application of colors in nighttime hunting excursions. [...]

01/04/17 Adoption Hurdles and Challenges with Small Wind Turbines

Wind energy is very promising. It can be harvested without any costs, and like solar panels, wind turbines are environmentally-friendly. However, such machines are not living up to their potential. Some users have reported low efficiency rates, unpredictable performance and costly adoption barriers. [...]

01/04/17 Carbon Arc Lights: History, Transformation and Applications

Carbon arc lights were one of the first lamps to hit commercial markets. This article elaborates on its history and development before it was phased out by more reliable lighting systems. [...]

08/19/16 Light Plants and Scene Lighting for Natural Disasters

Scientists speculate that more natural disasters will hit the United States from all angles in the near future, as global warming continues to cause problems for regions that are unprepared for record-breaking floods and blizzards. Larson Electronics is here to help by providing a reliable selection of outdoor luminaries for consumers, businesses and organizations in areas that are affected by natural disasters. [...]

08/18/16 UL 1640 for Portable Power Distribution Systems

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has created several guidelines that manufacturers may use to increase compliance with the latest UL standards in safety and production. For portable power distribution systems, the UL standard is 1640 (Standard for Portable Power-Distribution Equipment). [...]

08/16/16 How Much Light is Enough Light

Lighting choices vary, depending on the needs of the applicable location and personal preferences of individuals in the area. A “one size fits all” solution is rarely available when determining the lighting requirements of multiple environments. For example, lighting configurations for an office may differ, compared to a packaging warehouse. Even if the two facilities were the same size, the type of work being carried out in the buildings dictate the properties or characteristics [...]

03/28/16 Benefits of LEDs in the Commercial Crane Sector

These days, light emitting diode (LED) technology is being used to support busy crane operations. Traditional practices of using halogen and metal halide lamps for illumination forces businesses to invest in costly maintenance work. By replacing or converting the fixtures to LEDs, establishments can make the jobsite safer, while adhering to strict lighting regulations. [...]

02/29/16 Extending String Lights to 1 mile for Tunnel Lighting Applications

Providing adequate lighting in tunnel applications has long been an issue. Explosion Proof String Lights and general application light stringers have had limits on length, and how many stringers can be connected together. New designs are enabling users to link multiple strings together, or provide sufficient illumination with a single, high-output stringer. [...]

02/26/16 Understanding Explosion Proof Lighting Classes Divisions and Groups

The concept of explosion proof light ratings can be confusing to understand. Hazardous workplace conditions can vary greatly and that means that a comprehensive rating system becomes necessary in order to ensure a safe work environment. [...]

02/25/16 LED Lighting Benefits and Applications in Food Safety

As a whole, the food industry relies on robust lighting systems to streamline productivity and safety in the workplace. Recently, food processing, manufacturing and retail (supermarket and meat shops) establishments are shifting from traditional fixtures, such as incandescent and fluorescent lamps, to light emitting diode (LED) products. It’s important to consider that such equipment can be used to meet strict food safety guidelines during application. [...]

02/20/16 Voltage Drop in Low Voltage Lighting Systems

Because of the risks associated with flammable gases, dusts, and particles in hazardous work areas, low voltage lighting systems are a natural choice to increase safety in areas where the potential for combustion exists. This becomes especially challenging when lights must be run at long distances with limited power sources. Low voltage systems typically run on 12-24 volts DC, but even within this lower range, a precise balance between distance, wattage load, and correct wire gauge must be [...]

02/16/16 Lumen vs Foot-Candles – Which Is More Accurate for Measuring Illumination?

When a customer is looking for lights, the most common question posed is “how bright is this light?” As lighting technology improves, the standard measurements of illumination aren’t always the most accurate in calculating a light’s output. Understanding how each rating is determined will help you choose the best fixture for an application. [...]

02/15/16 Benefits of LED Light Towers to Metal Halide Light Towers

This report covers the advantages of light emitting diode (LED) light towers over metal halide light towers. In particular, the paper expounds on a range of competitive criteria, including energy-saving properties, power usage benefits, heat dissipation and long-term maintenance. The insights found in the report are applicable to business owners, engineers and lighting specialists. [...]

02/10/16 Using Ohm’s Law to Calculate Amp Draw

Many years ago, in a High School Physics class, we were introduced to Ohm’s Law. Simply put, Ohm’s Law states “The resistor's current I in amps (A) is equal to the resistor's voltage VR=V in volts (V) divided by the resistance R in ohms (O):” To most, it’s as confusing today, as it was the first time we heard it. By breaking it down, piece by piece, you can use this nifty tool to calculate the amp draw of nearly all electronic equipment, including LED lights. [...]

02/10/16 Benefits and Applications of Explosion Proof LED Lighting in Confined Spaces

The complex and hazardous nature of confined spaces present numerous risks for workers. Because of this, many businesses that operate in hazardous locations make use of explosion proof lights to prevent the ignition of flammable gases and dust particles. LED technology has contributed to the features of explosion proof lights by making them more reliable, sturdy and cost-effective. [...]

02/10/16 Benefits and Applications of Explosion Proof LED Lighting in Confined Spaces

The complex and hazardous nature of confined spaces present numerous risks for workers. Because of this, many businesses that operate in hazardous locations make use of explosion proof lights to prevent the ignition of flammable gases and dust particles. LED technology has contributed to the features of explosion proof lights by making them more reliable, sturdy and cost-effective. [...]

06/29/15 Safety and Reliability in High Mast, Light Tower and Area Lighting

When illuminating a work area, sporting complex, roadway, or any populated area, safety and reliability are of the utmost importance. Without proper illumination, risk for accidents and injury is increased. Power outages, mechanical or equipment failure, or acts of nature can introduce unwanted hazards into the environment. Advances in LED technology have solutions that address these safety issues. [...]

02/02/14 Paint Spray Booth Lighting: Why Use Third Party Booths?

In order for a spray booth to be truly effective however, it must have the correct lighting. While at first glance booth lighting might not seem like such an involved subject, a closer look at just what constitutes effective spray booth light reveals a different and more complex appearance. Booth lighting is critical because it directly affects the ability of the operator to apply a quality finish. Good lighting allows an operator to easily note variations in finish color as well as finish text [...]

01/28/14 The Future of Lighting: No More Lamp Servicing or Maintenance?

While on the one hand we are seeing a shift towards an integrated LED lamp/fixture modality, there does exist the potential for a “modular” approach to LED manufacture. This sounds contradictory, but let us explain in a little more detail. While an integrated LED/fixture design is indeed the probable route of future lighting design, the actual totality of an LED based luminaire is based on a combination of several distinct parts or “modules”. LEDs themselves are only represented by the “chip”; t [...]

01/06/14 Is LED Lighting Really that Efficient and Can it Really Save that Much Money?

This means we can hang our LED fixture over our target surface, and get nearly all of the initial 1,000 lumens directed downwards towards it without the need for a reflector or the losses than come with the use of one. (Fig C) So, we could in effect actually use an LED fixture producing 600 lumens and using only 6 watts, to direct the same amount of light to our target as a 10 watt metal halide producing 1,000 lumens. [...]

01/02/14 The Lesser Known Issues LED Lighting Technology Faces

LEDs are a solid state form of lighting that demonstrates a radical departure from the way we usually produce illumination. As a result, there have been new challenges developers and manufacturers have had to overcome before LEDs could be considered a viable lighting technology. LEDs are solid state in design, and rather than produce light through the process of incandescence, (heating a wire until it glows and radiates light), produce light through a process called electroluminescence. [...]

12/31/13 Not Interested in LEDs? Two High Bay Lighting Alternatives

While LEDs are still making inroads into high bay applications, fluorescent and HID systems already have a proven track record of effectiveness, providing an extra degree of security for those as yet unprepared to make the jump to solid state lighting. Follow along as we look at some of the improvements traditional high bay systems have undergone and how this affects their overall performance. [...]

12/30/13 The State of Lighting Now and What’s in Store for the Future

The growth of the LED market has been nothing short of explosive. By 2030, the US Department of Energy estimates that 75% of all lighting sold will be LED. When we consider fluorescent and HID lighting will account for a large portion of sales as well, it is clear the incandescent is for all intents now an obsolete technology. LEDs are also a highly competitive field of development due to high projected expansion of LED lighting markets, and several countries are jockeying for position in order [...]

12/22/13 Alternatives to Incandescent Bulbs for Commercial and Industrial Applications

Because replacing entire fixtures in order to upgrade lighting represents a large initial expense, costs can be greatly reduced if only the lamp itself is replaced. This means finding an alternative that can work with standard fixtures and sockets intended for incandescent bulbs. Currently, there are two viable alternatives available, LEDs and CFLs [...]

12/19/13 Incandescent Bulb Phase Out Not a Light Bulb Ban

First and foremost, it needs to be reiterated that the phase out of incandescent light bulbs is not a ban. Although there is ample information available regarding the new efficiency standards lighting technology must meet in order to comply with federal and international legislation, there are still many who characterize the discontinuation of the incandescent bulb as a ban. The reality is that lighting manufacturers are free to produce incandescent bulbs of any wattage they desire and sell them [...]

12/02/13 Group Relamping, Rated Life, and Economic Life of Lighting Systems

Unlike home and residential lighting where it is most economical to perform spot replacements as lamps fail, industrial and commercial sectors benefit most from group relamping. Large facilities relying on metal halide lighting perform best when lighting systems are at their peak performance. By the end of these lamps rated life however, output drops significantly, as much as 40%. Additionally, as metal halide lamps age they exhibit significant color shifting, that is, the color temperature of t [...]

11/27/13 Is Standardization the Next Phase in LED Light Fixture Design?

LED light assemblies on the other hand are an entirely different animal. Unlike incandescent bulbs which only need to be connected to a power source, LEDs require supporting equipment for operation. An LED light source consists of the actual LEDs themselves (Diodes), a circuit assembly to control voltage applied to them known as a Driver, a heat sink, optics to control and manage beam configuration, and any other peripheral circuits to allow dimming, color changing, or other related auxiliary m [...]

11/25/13 High Bay/Low Bay Metal Halide Lighting

according to the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), high bay refers to higher ceilings, typically 25 feet and higher in height. Low bay on the other hand usually refers to ceilings with heights below 25 feet. Buildings with such large square footage as these also tend to have a ceiling structure formed from a steel framework with an interior subspace which forms the “bay”, thus this in conjunction with high or low ceiling height results in the designation of high or low b [...]

11/24/13 Do LEDs Display Color Shifting? Yes, but it Depends

Because the strength and value of LEDs lies within their high efficiency and long life, it is important that LEDs also maintain their CCT over the course of their operational life. Although an LED may achieve high efficiency and good lumen maintenance, if its CCT degrades prematurely, the practical useful life of the LED can be shortened as well. [...]

11/15/13 LED versus Fluorescent: Lumens per Watt is Only Part of the Story

Today it is commonplace to find T8 fixtures producing on the order of 80 to 100 lumens per watt of output, putting fluorescent lighting at the top of the efficient lighting ratings in terms of lumen per watt efficiency. However, this does not tell the whole story, and other factors come into play which affect the real world efficiency of fluorescent lighting and brings it a little more down to earth. [...]

11/14/13 Hunting SpotLight Myths and Facts

Few subjects are guaranteed to stir up discussion within the hunting community more than which spotlights are the best for hunting. Everything from power, to brand, to color is an area of contention, and unfortunately along with this comes a lot of misconceptions. While we certainly wouldn’t promote ourselves as the definitive voice on just what constitutes the best overall hunting spotlight, we can offer some sound facts and advice on what to look for when considering the purchase of a high gra [...]

11/14/13 Why Low Voltage Lighting is Growing in Popularity within the Industrial Sector

Low voltage lighting offers protection because the power in the device and power supplying cord is below the “let go threshold” as well as below what is generally considered enough to cause fibrillation through skin contact. Sure, very low voltages below 12 VDC can cause cardiac arrest if applied directly to the heart muscle, but for practical purposes exposure from hand contact for instance will not. Should a worker inside a tank or large conduit break a lamp or a cord becomes damaged and conta [...]

11/12/13 Different Infrared Wavelengths used in Night Vision Technology

Regardless of the type, passive or active, all image intensifying night vision devices are sensitive to light in the infrared end of the light spectrum. Because of this, most night vision devices can benefit from an external source of infrared illumination. Except in cases where an external IR source must be excluded to avoid detection by other operators of NVD systems, an external IR source can improve image resolution, enhance detail, and provide enhanced performance in extremely low light con [...]

10/15/13 Basic Types of Road Work and Work Site Lighting Systems

The most common and popular lighting systems used during road work operations are portable light towers. Powerful and capable of providing their own power with onboard generators, these lighting systems can be used to illuminate sites ranging from a few thousand feet in size to sites covering over three acres. Light towers come in a wide variety of sizes and designs, with smaller towers being designed for easy transport and setup and requiring an external power source [...]

10/14/13 LEDs Becoming the Dominant Form of Machine Visioning Lighting

Current vision systems are incorporating LEDs which provide huge improvements in these areas, with operating lives surpassing 50,000 hours and color shifting and light intensity changes taking place at a much slower rate and over a much longer period of time. Red LEDs are currently the most popular color used in machine visioning systems, which is beneficial in that red LEDs tend to be the longest lived at 100,000 hours or so and the least expensive to produce. [...]

10/13/13 Hazardous Location Equipment Certification Schemes According to Region

Aside from the United States and Canada, hazardous location compliance schemes are dominated by the IECEx Scheme/ATEX Directive, with most countries adopting testing and approval standard based on their requirements. In some countries it is necessary to provide both IECEx/ATEX certification as well as testing reports under these schemes, while others will accept either/or. [...]

10/09/13 Evaluating the Requirements of Sports Field Illumination

Another important consideration when determining playing field light levels as mentioned above is the number of spectators normally present. Larger crowds will be spaced over a wider area around the field, and larger numbers of people typically means the area they will be viewing from will be farther removed from the playing field, both of which increase the lighting levels needed for a clear view. The size of the spectator areas can also affect the distance the lighting systems will need to be [...]

09/05/13 Basics of Hazardous Location Confined Space Lighting

The terms explosion proof and intrinsically safe refer to different types of electrical equipment which have been designed specifically to be used in locations where potential flammable or explosive atmospheres are present. Explosion proof equipment is generally higher powered and designed to prevent any ignitions within the lamp from igniting the atmosphere outside the lamp. Foe example, if gases enter into the lamp housing and are ignited by a spark, the lamp contains the ignited gases long e [...]

09/04/13 Basic Properties of High Power Light Towers

Light towers both portable and mobile can be fitted with a wide array of lighting assemblies. The most common lamp types used on portable towers are halogen lamps of 500 to 1,000 watts. Portable towers can also be fitted with metal halide lamps, but this necessitates the inclusion of ballast assemblies as well, increasing the towers weight and complexity somewhat. LED lamps have recently become quite popular on portable towers due to their smaller size, high output and efficiency, and extreme d [...]

08/31/13 Can LEDs Replace the Venerable Fluorescent Tube?

LEDs are solid state in their design and have no glass or gases used in their construction. They resemble circuitry more than they do a lamp, and are typically very resistant to damage from vibrations and impacts that would shatter normal bulbs. LEDs also have no toxic materials to release in the event they are damaged, making them an attractive alternative for many consumers to the fluorescent if only for this reason. [...]

08/31/13 LEDs and the Changing Lighting Industry

Rather than turning materials incandescent through heating as is the case with wire filament bulbs and fluorescent lamps, the LED emits light through a process called electroluminescent whereby electrical energy passed through semi-conducting materials causes the materials to emit energy as photons or, light energy. This process is extremely efficient, powerful, and versatile, and the solid state design of the LED means no more glass to break, no filaments to burn out, and no toxic materials use [...]

08/04/13 Looking at Outdoor Security Lighting Basics

In order to effectively utilize security lighting it is very important to remember that it is not so much the fact that an area is illuminated that makes it effective, but that the area can first actually benefit from illumination, and second that this illumination is properly chosen and installed. Security lighting when improperly installed or used in areas where it will not facilitate the observation of the illuminated area can actually increase the problems associated with criminal activity. [...]

08/04/13 Addressing Some Misconceptions of LED Boat Lighting

Another common misconception of LEDs is that the light they produce is too cold and bluish in appearance. While this was mostly true several years ago when LED boat lights first began appearing on the market for general lighting applications, this is no longer the case. LED technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and in the last several years new materials and designs have been introduced which now allow manufacturers to produce LEDs capable of producing light across a broad range of the light [...]

07/29/13 Improved Emergency Scene Lighting Options for More Effective Response

The firefighter or emergency response professional tasked with providing scene illumination faces a number of issues that can make his a daunting job. No single type of illumination can serve in all emergency scene functions, equipment must be easily transported and set up, and it must be powerful enough to provide at the least a minimum level of illumination capable of improving response times and services execution as well as facilitating assessment and safety measures. [...]

07/28/13 Avoiding Issues When Working with Alternative LED Lighting Systems

The very fast development of LED lighting technology and the very high potential they carry has resulted in hundreds of manufacturers and importers of LED based devices such as drivers, chips, and controllers appearing almost overnight, which has made it difficult at best for some professionals to ensure the equipment they are installing is reliable. Quality control and standardization among all these new suppliers is in large part almost non existent, and component compatibility and interchang [...]

06/25/13 LED versus Metal Halide in Commercial Settings

In the reliability department LEDs have a strong advantage over all other forms of lighting, HID included. Because there is no actual heating or burning of metals or gases during the operation of an LED, there is far less degradation due to the effects of heating. LEDs as a result have life spans in excess of 50,000 hours, making them far longer lived than the general 15,000 to 25,000 hours commonly achieved by HID systems. [...]

06/24/13 LED Performance and Reliability Standards

Since LEDs first began to gain intense international attention due to their extreme efficiency and ability to operate for tens of thousands of hours without significant performance loss, there have been many efforts made to build some type of cohesive set of standards for solid state lighting with which to make effective comparisons against more traditional lighting. [...]

06/20/13 Why Businesses are Moving Towards Energy Efficient Lighting

Lighting systems are notorious for poor efficiency and alone can account for 35-50% or more of businesses total energy consumption, and as a result represent an area of great potential for cost reductions. Achieving these cost reductions relies on utilizing lighting systems with greater efficiency, but without decreasing overall illumination levels or negatively impacting illumination quality. [...]

06/19/13 Workplace Lighting: Illuminance and Lux

The amount and quality of illumination needed for a specific location depends in large part upon the type of work being performed. Lighting levels for a general office space will differ from those needed in a manufacturing area, as will the levels needed for warehouses or locations where close work such as electronics and design testing are performed. The basic measure of lighting levels is noted as Illuminance and is measured in foot candles. [...]

05/05/13 LED Lighting Meets the Challenges of Mine Illumination

A great deal of study has gone into the effects of mine lighting on safety and worker productivity. The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research has been responsible for much of this study and continues to pursue new information and development towards better mine lighting standards. Of all the lighting methods and technologies currently under study and development, LED lighting technology has demonstrated some of the most promising results. One area where significant developments have occurred [...]

05/02/13 LED Lighting versus HID Lighting; Basic Facts

Both HID and LED lighting systems offer great improvements in both efficiency and cost effectiveness versus outdated incandescent and fluorescent systems. However, these newer systems must be properly matched to their applications if they are to be utilized to their full potential. Each type has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, and unless correctly understood and applied, will not provide the performance expected or needed. [...]

05/01/13 LED Lighting and Effectively Managing Heat Production

Unlike traditional incandescent lamps which are designed to produce light by using the electrical resistance of a wire filament to radiate light energy and thus run extremely hot, LEDs on the other hand are quite sensitive to increases in temperature. Like traditional lamps, the lifespan of an LED is measured in hours, however, during the course of operation, the light output of an LED exhibits a gradual decline. [...]

05/01/13 The Simple Basics of Hazardous Location Lighting Ratings

Some of the most common terms encountered with industrial lighting designed for use in hazardous locations include, Explosion Proof, Intrinsically Safe, and Vapor Proof. As you can imagine, the first impression a layman gains just from an initial observation of the terms may be entirely different than what the term actually means. For instance, one of the most common misperceptions among those unfamiliar with industrial lighting is that lighting labeled as “Explosion Proof” is able to withstand [...]

03/01/13 Savings and Incentives for Lighting Upgrades

The incandescent light bulb will be obsolete for all but the most minor lighting applications, LED lighting will have the lion’s share of the lighting markets, and energy efficiency standards and alternative lighting technologies will continue to evolve and grow as well. [...]

02/28/13 Understanding the Basics of Modern Lighting Technology

Although the incandescent bulb requires little more than a source of electrical power, HID and fluorescent bulbs require ballasts, and LED lighting requires voltage regulating circuitry known as drivers. Since ballast and drivers can also consume electrical power as well as the lamp itself, it is important to consider the total energy consumed by the system versus lumens produced. [...]

02/27/13 Different UV Wavelengths for Different Lighting Jobs

The variety of applications where UVA is effective are widely varied and in some cases rather surprising. Because of its ability to cause different materials to fluoresce and how irregularities in an objects surfaces can alter how the material radiates fluorescence, it can be used to reveal details in objects that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. [...]

02/27/13 New Lighting Standards Provide Opportunity for Savings

Even for the average homeowner, significant savings will result from upgrading to LED lighting or high efficiency fluorescent systems. The average home uses up to 25% of its electricity in lighting. To simplify things, consider that a standard incandescent bulb used in the home costs about $4.50. Now consider that an LED with comparable light output will currently cost about $29.00 at the high end. The LED costs much more right? Not really. [...]

01/29/13 High Efficiency Lighting Improves the Bottom Line

For example, a common industrial building with 20,000 square feet of space can have annual lighting costs in exceeding $14,000. With a full upgrade to LED lighting systems, experts predict that costs from lighting for such a building can be reduced by approximately $4,500 annually. To further add to these savings, over $400.00 a month can also be saved on bulb replacements [...]

01/28/13 Explosion Proof and Intrinsically Safe Lighting in Confined Spaces

Of all the equipment typically used within confined spaces, lighting is the most common. There are normally no integral light sources within confined spaces, and the limited access and sealed nature of most confined spaces greatly limits the amount of ambient light which can enter, thus workers must provide their own illumination. There are only two types of lighting which should be considered suitable for use within confined spaces, either equipment that is approved explosion proof, or certifi [...]

01/28/13 LED Lights, Lighting of the Future

The newest and most well regarded entrance into the lighting markets has been the LED. LEDs represent an entirely new way of producing illumination that bears very little resemblance to traditional forms of lighting. With LEDs, nothing is burned, there are no gases and no glass, and the energy to light conversion rate is much much higher. The energy to light conversion rate is so much higher in fact, that LEDs now produce on the order of 80% more light per watt than the incandescent bulb. [...]

01/28/13 Environments which Challenge Lighting Equipment

Different locations present different operating conditions which can have significant effect on the performance of a light fixture. Hazardous environments pose more serious risks that directly impact workplace safety and require extra attention to fixture certification and approval for such environments. Lighting selection and installation should be performed with these operating conditions in mind in order to extract the optimal safety, performance, and longevity from a fixture. [...]

01/28/13 Environments which Challenge Lighting Equipment

Different locations present different operating conditions which can have significant effect on the performance of a light fixture. Hazardous environments pose more serious risks that directly impact workplace safety and require extra attention to fixture certification and approval for such environments. Lighting selection and installation should be performed with these operating conditions in mind in order to extract the optimal safety, performance, and longevity from a fixture. [...]

01/24/13 LED Lights, Lighting of the Future

LEDs require no warm up period, reach full power instantly, can be cycled on and off with no change in performance or longevity, their output is natively intense and well focused, and they are unaffected by cold temperatures. Since LEDs produce light by passing electrical energy through semi-conducting materials, there is no wire filament to break or burn out [...]

12/27/12 Hazardous Location Classifications Schemes and Compliance

The conditions intended for coverage under ATEX and Class/Division schemes involve work environments where potentially explosive or flammable gases, vapors, dusts and flyings such as wood chips are encountered and so are similar in their requirements. There are, however, clear differences which are manifested in how environments are classified which in the North American NEC based system are classed as Divisions and in the ATEX system as Zones. [...]

12/19/12 The Effect of Lighting on Workplace Productivity

When considering a lighting upgrade, it is often best to bring in a lighting consultant who can assess your current systems and make suggestions for improvement. It is not enough to just upgrade exisiting fixtures, and a big part of improving lighting is not only installing more efficient fixtures, but utilizing the light they produce more efficiently. [...]

12/05/12 Explosion Proof Protection Against Combustible Dusts

One of the most serious dangers dusts pose, however, is the threat of fire or explosion if exposed to an ignition source. Almost any type of material, from iron to wheat, can become explosively flammable when ground into fine particulates, and in many cases little more than a spark is all that is needed to produce this ignition. [...]

12/02/12 Portability in Explosion Proof Lighting Equipment

Portable explosion proof lighting is constructed similarly to fixtures designed for permanent mounting, but there are a couple notable differences that must be taken into consideration if it is to be utilized safely. Since such lighting is portable, providing power for the lighting will require external cords and connections rather than the protected conduit and wiring permanently mounted fixtures use. This presents the first important difference that can cause potential problems if not fully un [...]

11/07/12 The Various Forms of High Intensity Discharge Lighting

HID lamps produce light by using a high voltage electrical arc to ignite gases and metallic salts within a glass bulb. Once this ignition takes place a prodigious amount of light is produced in a relatively small area. The initial ignition voltage required to produce ignition is quite high, however, once ignition takes place it is only necessary to maintain a much lower voltage to sustain it. The types of gases and salts used in the lamp have a direct bearing on the color and quality of the ligh [...]

11/07/12 United States Hazardous Location Device Testing and Certification

Unlike electrical devices intended for use in typical commercial or household applications, equipment used in hazardous locations must prevent, prohibit, or otherwise mitigate the dangers posed by flammable gases, vapors and materials that can create an explosive atmosphere. In order for there to be a clear manner of ensuring the minimum amount of protection a device provides, it has been necessary for federal, state and local agencies to enact regulations [...]

10/30/12 The Eventual Dominance of LED Lighting

With these two pieces of legislation signed and enacted, the fate of the incandescent bulb was all but sealed. Calling for tighter energy efficiency standards that current incandescent lighting and some fluorescent lighting technologies simply could not meet, the end result is the eventual phasing out of most incandescent bulb production and some fluorescent lamp types. With a newly created void in the lighting industry looming, lighting developers quickly shifted their emphasis to LED technolog [...]

10/29/12 The Rise of LED Lighting: 50 Years of Development

Holonyak was perhaps one of the most visionary electrical engineering scientists of his time, proclaiming in 1963 shortly after he developed the first practical visible light LEDS that LED lighting would eventually replace the incandescent bulb. Not everyone shared his enthusiasm, and the slow advancements in LED technology that resulted from then plentiful and cheap electricity and cheap light bulbs served to help relegate LEDs to minimal use in low powered applications like indicator lighting [...]

10/09/12 Ultraviolet Flashlights Serve Specialized Applications

One of the best examples of a flashlight designed to specific duties requiring illumination with unique qualities is the ultraviolet flashlight. Yes, an ultraviolet flashlight is one that produces light very much like that produced by the black lights many of us used to have hanging in our rooms as teenagers. UV flashlights, however, serve much more important and specialized applications and are indispensible tools employed by professionals in many fields. UV flashlights serve in a variety of in [...]

09/16/12 The Top Reasons for Considering LEDs in Simple Terms

The typical illumination grade LED usually used in lighting equipment is up to 80% more efficient than the traditional incandescent light bulb. This is usually measured by comparing how much light is produced per watt between the two different types of lamps. The typical incandescent bulb produces about 15-17 lumens per watt. This means that a 100 watt incandescent lamp will produce about 1700 lumens of light output. LEDs on the other hand produce around 60-90 lumens per watt. [...]

09/10/12 Medical Breakthroughs: Practical Uses for Infrared Lighting

Over the last several years, there have been many investigations and research on the practical uses of infrared light in the industrial, scientific, and medical industries. The medical industry though is spending millions of dollars on research annually to ferret out the applicability of this light source and the effects that it has on the human body from a healing standpoint. There are proven test results and research that demonstrates that this infrared light can produce remarkable healing.. [...]

09/10/12 What Are Combustible Dusts?

compounds with less obvious flammability and explosive potential can be present in less obvious forms, most notably combustible dusts. In order to help familiarize ourselves with what makes a dust combustible and why it can be so potentially dangerous, let’s look at some of the basics of these hazardous dusts. [...]

09/01/12 T12 Fluorescent Light Phaseout and Upgrade Alternatives

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 helped usher in a new era of tighter energy efficiency standards, and although the T12 for its time was indeed an efficient luminary, its design is such the further improvements to increase its efficiency are neither practical nor cost effective. As a result, the T12 is unable to meet the new energy standards required for modern lighting technologies and as of July 2012 was phased out of production. [...]

08/18/12 Mobile Light Tower Options: Modern Outdoor Lighting Systems

For most mid to large scale worksites, the most popular light towers are by far mobile lighting systems mounted to towable trailers and equipped with their own diesel generators. These systems are ideal for continuous use, and depending upon the size of the generator capable of illuminating anywhere from three to ten acres effectively. Masts for these towers are generally folding or telescoping designs, with some incorporating a combination of both for both excellent height adjustment and compac [...]

08/18/12 Basics of Selecting Effective Paint Booth Lighting

The lighting of choice for most paint booths is standard four foot long fluorescent bulbs, usually arranged in fixtures containing either two or four bulbs grouped together. Fluorescents are popular because they produce a very wide spread of light output, which helps to evenly and uniformly illuminate the irregular surfaces of vehicles and thus better reveal imperfections in the surface to be coated. Fluorescent lamps are also popular because they can be had in a variety of color temperatures, w [...]

08/15/12 Hazardous Location Classification: Basic Class and Divisions Rundown

Class 1 Division 2 locations are areas where flammable gases, liquids or vapors may be present under abnormal conditions such as during a container failure or accidental opening of a closed system. In these locations, gases and vapors are not normally present except within closed systems or in storage, but can become a hazard when they escape confinement and contaminate the ambient atmosphere. [...]

08/14/12 Hazardous Location Lighting Equipment: Compliance Does Not Stop at the Fixture

With all the emphasis on explosion proof lighting usually revolving around the fixtures themselves, it is very easy to overlook the fact that electrical safety and compliance with regulations relevant to the operation of electrical equipment in hazardous locations requires much more than simply choosing and installing the properly classed and approved light fixtures. [...]

07/31/12 Hidden Danger of Combustible Dusts

Combustible dusts pose the same risks of fire and explosion in an industrial setting as any other flammable compound. Everything from iron filings to sugar powders can contain a great deal of explosive potential , and when ignited can produce enough force to destroy entire facilities. For many operators in environments where combustible dusts are commonly present as a result of normal operations, prevention is a major component of any comprehensive program of protection against accidental igniti [...]

07/30/12 Lighting, Hazardous Locations, Productivity and Safety in the Industrial Workspace

Facilities in the petrochemical, food processing, and fabrication fields face additional problems with added hazards produced by the materials and byproducts inherent to their operations. Flammable gases, vapors, dusts, liquids and chemicals all pose particular fire and explosion risks that must be addressed through increased safety measures, including the addition of lighting equipment designed for use in environments containing these materials. Such lighting equipment is commonly known as "exp [...]

07/26/12 If LED Boats Lights Cost More, Why are They a Better Choice?

The result has been the development of efficient LEDs than now closely match the soft warm glow of the incandescent without giving up anything in terms of efficiency. Manufacturers of boat lighting have been quick to adopt these high grade LEDs into their fixture designs, and the result has been the explosive growth the LED boat light market. [...]

07/24/12 LED Lighting Development: The Future of Lighting is Now

Since LEDs first became viable as an effective general use luminary about ten years ago, improvements in LED technology have advanced at a rapid pace. Initially considered to produce too little output for general lighting applications and plagued by problems with color quality and high costs, LEDs have now reached the point of surpassing most common types of light sources in terms of efficiency and output as well as light quality. [...]

07/06/12 What is Explosion Proof Compliance and Why Do We Need Approved Equipment?

Without an understanding of why equipment approved for hazardous locations is required, it is nearly impossible to properly protect against the dangers hazardous locations present. Equipment designed for use in hazardous locations is designed to protect against the potential for such equipment to ignite flammable or explosive vapors, gases, liquids, dusts and otherwise dangerous flammable atmospheres and materials. [...]

06/29/12 Heavy Duty Light Tower Basics

In order to make the best choice of light tower an operator should be familiar with some of the most common tower and lamp combinations. Metal halide lamps currently dominate the tower lighting industry due to their high output and good light quality, while high pressure sodium lamps offer poor light quality but excellent efficiency. LED lamps are quickly gaining in popularity due to their high output, good light quality, and extreme long life and durability, but bring with them a higher price t [...]

06/26/12 Combustible Dust: Fire and Explosion Prevention Requires a Comprehensive Approach

The dangers of combustible dusts range from minor fires that can disrupt operations and potentially injure workers, to major explosions and conflagrations where entire facilities and surrounding properties are damaged or destroyed and fatalities occur. Since 1980 there have been at least 350 combustible dust explosions in the US, and some media reports put that number higher, with an average of 10 occurring every week. [...]

06/25/12 LED Lighting and New Energy Policies Provide Opportunity for Savings and Increased Profit

Such examples are widespread and continue to grow in number as more business planners and lighting designers move to embrace LED lighting technology. Making the switch even more attractive are federal and state incentive programs that provide tax breaks, rebates, and assistance for businesses that wish to switch to energy efficient LED lighting. [...]

06/01/12 Mobile Light Towers for Large Scale Scene and Event Illumination

For large scale applications, there are few alternatives better than self contained mobile light tower systems. Usually comprised of a towable trailer, generator, control center, extendable boom, and lighting assemblies, mobile light towers provide extreme high power illumination in a system that is fully self contained and mobile. These systems can be towed by vehicles or heavy equipment to the desired location and once in position prepared for operation, extended, and then switched on, usually [...]

05/31/12 What is Explosion Proof Lighting?

At the basic level, explosion proof lighting is equipment designed to prevent the ignition of flammable or explosive materials, gases, or vapors. Lighting is one of the most commonly encountered electrical devices in any type of workplace and the types of lighting used can range from high power permanent fixtures to a common flashlight used for portable illumination. Every type of light used in a hazardous location must be explosion proof certified regardless of its size or type. Since lighting [...]

05/25/12 Military Energy Efficiency Awareness and LED Lighting

The less noticeable effects of military LED development however are the benefits provided in improved lighting technologies for the private sector. With heavy military interest in energy efficient technologies comes funding and motivation to develop these technologies. Once proven through military acceptance, movement of these technologies into the public sector often happens very quickly, which means eventual across the board improvements in energy efficiency and a reduced reliance on fossil fu [...]

05/21/12 NEMA Enclosure Ratings Basics for Electrical Equipment

NEMA ratings are guidelines published by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association intended to provide a homogenous system of rating electrical enclosures according to their various design parameters. NEMA ratings encompass a wide area of subjects such as protection against contact with internal parts, resistance to internal contamination from fluids, resistance to icing and external damage, and the enclosures suitability for use in various environments. [...]

04/30/12 Explosion Proof Oil Rig Lights: Special Considerations for a Growing Industry

It is not enough to simply incorporate standard explosion proof and intrinsically safe lighting designs into rig illumination plans. The potential damage that corrosion and dampness can erode the integrity of explosion proof housings and fixtures must also be taken into consideration as well. As a result, explosion proof oil rig lighting must be specifically designed to meet marine use compliance as well as NEC, ATEX or IECex compliance if safe operation over long term use is to be ensured. [...]

04/30/12 LED Boat Lights in Commercial Fishing Operations

With the introduction of LEDs into the commercial marine lighting markets, fleet operators have begun realizing serious improvements over their old HID lighting systems. LED boat lights produce a much whiter and cleaner light, with greatly improved color rendering and contrasting capabilities compared to the low pressure sodium lighting they are replacing. The improved light quality of LED boat lights means skippers and crew can more easily monitor operations and make better decisions based on i [...]

04/29/12 LED Boat Lights Improve Safety as Well as Efficiency

Where once a modest 35 foot cruiser might have had 7 halogen deck lights eating up 750 watts and over 35 amps to produce 5900 lumens, two LED spreader lights consuming only 240 watts and 20 amps can produce over 14,000 lumens! Yes, that means that a skipper could do away with all 7 halogen lamps, install a single 120 watt LED light bar, and still produce more light while using less than a third as much power. By now, it should be pretty clear just why LEDs have become so attractive to boaters. [...]

04/22/12 LED Mine Lighting in Open Pit Mining Operations

Although the potential of LEDs has only recently begun to be effectively translated into the industrial work environment, current applications and studies have been showing they indeed are an effective alternative to traditional light sources. The abusive and demanding conditions of industrial mining environments as well as the high safety emphasis they require provide an ideal opportunity for the benefits of LEDs to be fully realized and thus perhaps allow a full migration away from traditional [...]

04/03/12 The Basics of Ingress Protection Ratings and What They Mean

Some important considerations to keep in mind are that although an item may be rated as ”IP68”, this does not automatically infer the item can be safely operated at any depth for any period of time without failure. For IP68 ratings, manufacturers choose the specified depth which must be beyond 1 meter at which the enclosure will protect against the ingress of water. Normally, as with industrial lighting equipment or marine lighting intended to be operated for extended periods beyond depths of 1 [...]

03/30/12 Combustible Dust Basics and Classification

Combustible dusts represent a clear potential for explosions and fire when present in sufficient quantities and within close proximity to sources of possible ignition. Combustible dusts are flammable materials that have been ground, cut or otherwise separated into fine particulates which promotes the rapid and explosive combustion of these materials. Combustible dusts consist of electrically conductive and non conductive materials and can be formed from a wide variety of materials including wood [...]

03/16/12 Reducing the Financial and Environmental Impact of Lighting with LEDs

LED lighting currently holds the best potential for achieving the energy efficiency standards now mandated by the federal government without placing an increased burden on the management of toxic wastes. Although there remains some skepticism as to whether or not LEDs can effectively fill the illumination roles currently held by HID and fluorescent technologies, real world applications are proving that not only do LEDs have the potential to do so, they are in many cases a superior alternative. [...]

03/15/12 LEDs and Actual LED Lifetime versus Lumen Maintenance

One of the bigger areas of confusion for consumers and commercial applications is the manner in which LED longevity and output are measured. We often see LEDs advertised as having a “50,000 hour lifespan”, but what does this really mean? For most people, the natural assumption would be that after 50,000 hours, the LED can be expected to soon fail to produce light, in essence, burn out much like a traditional incandescent lamp does at the end of its life cycle. However, this is not exactly the ca [...]

03/02/12 Proposed New Regulations for 2012 May Make Possible Night Hunting with Lights

HID hunting spotlights offer great improvement over halogen spotlights, with much higher output and efficiency being their main desirable traits. The color of the light they produce is of much better quality as well, providing sharper contrast and better detail of whatever they illuminate. High power HID spotlights are also far more efficient, which gives portable rechargeable units a much longer runtime. Durability is also enhanced in the HID due to the fact that although a glass bulb is still [...]

03/01/12 UV Light, LEDs, and Mercury Vapor Lamps

LEDs hold the potential to completely replace mercury vapor lamps in UV reliant applications. In categories such as longevity, spectral output, cost effectiveness, and material compatibility, LEDs offer greater versatility and suitability. Much of this is due to the unique light producing characteristics of the LED and its ability to produce “clean” light. [...]

02/17/12 Comparing LEDs and Incandescent Bulbs: Opposite Ends of the Lighting Spectrum

The process by which LEDs produce light is called electroluminescence, and it is far more efficient than the process of resistance used in incandescent lamps. Very little energy is wasted as heat in an LED, and more of the electrical energy converted to light. This allows LEDs to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent while using only a fraction as much electrical energy. [...]

02/17/12 Delivered Lumens versus Total Lumen Output: LEDs and Traditional Lighting Comparisons

For most forms of traditional lighting, since the light is radiated in all directions, we usually need to include reflectors, lenses and diffusers in order to direct as much of the light as possible towards where it is needed. The result of this is called delivered light, and it is a more effective measure of how well a lamp performs than simply taking into account total lumen production. For instance, if we take a simple 100 watt incandescent bulb producing 1500 lumens and put it into a simple [...]

02/04/12 Total Lamp Lumens versus Total Fixture Lumens and Why LEDs are More Effective

The solid state design of the LED is such that light energy is radiated over a limited portion of its surface. Rather than emitting light in 360 degrees, the degree of light radiation is limited by the shape of the LEDs radiating surface. For example, an LED is basically a flat square chip of semi-conducting material, and light energy only radiates from the upper surface of this square. No light radiates from the back or sides of the LED chip, and so the pattern of light radiation is limited to [...]

02/02/12 High Power Light Towers: Nighttime Construction Lighting of Choice

Some of the most serious issues associated with the use of large light towers concern glare and dark spots. For drivers approaching a nighttime road construction project, the fast and extreme increase in brightness can be difficult to adjust to after miles of driving under relatively low light levels. This problem is exacerbated by light towers that are not properly adjusted to direct light onto the work site without creating glare for oncoming traffic. [...]

01/31/12 Fluorescents, LEDs and Color Rendering Index: More than Just Color Reproduction

The color rendering index is a scale devised some time ago to measure how colors may change in appearance when illuminated by a light source as compared to an accepted standard light source with the same color temperature. For example, a color chart with several different colors may be set up and illuminated with an incandescent lamp which is used as a standard reference. Then, the same color chart will be illuminated with a fluorescent lamp and any changes in how each of the colors appear are t [...]

01/30/12 Lighting Color Temperature in Basic Terms and Applications

Commercial applications most often make use of lamps producing cool white light in the 4000 to 6500 Kelvin range because their light is sharper and more intense, with better color rendering and contrasting properties. Objects illuminated by these lamps appear brighter, more sharply defined, making these lamps well suited for offices, retail stores and commercial areas where detail and sharpness is important. Lamps with temperatures around 5000-5500 Kelvin are usually considered to produce natu [...]

01/09/12 LED Mine Lighting and Worker Safety

Utilizing controlled tests involving standard mining cap lights, common commercial grade LEDs, and a special LED mining light design of their own making, they found that for most intents and purposes, LEDs provided a greater degree of contrast and improved threat detection times as shown by test subjects. Particularly in the case of workers over the age of 40, with 43 years being the average age of mine workers, contrasting of LED illuminated objects was improved 43%. Additionally, threat detect [...]

01/09/12 Efficiency and Long Life only Part of LED Lighting Benefits

Since LEDs are so small, yet produce so many lumens per watt, they can be installed into a huge variety of fixtures that would be impractical for a normal incandescent bulb. They can be set up in clusters as a replacement for incandescent bulbs, arrayed in strips, mounted in rows as is common with LED light bars for boats, and even mounted singly in tiny fixtures for specialty applications. This compact size and versatile installation capability makes LEDs ideal for recessed and hidden lighting, [...]

01/07/12 Choosing LED Lights Based on Lumens and Wattage

For the most part, LED products produced by third parties and manufactured in countries such as China tend to be of lower grade and fail to meet many of their claimed performance specifications. It is also worth noting that LEDs and fixtures are often a joining of two or more manufacturers' products in order to keep production costs low. As a result, many LEDs used in specialized devices and fixtures may come from one manufacturer, while the electronics driving the LEDs and the housing may come [...]

01/07/12 Metal Halide and T12 Fluorescent Lighting in Older Workplaces

In situations where replacement costs are a critical problem, if ballasts are still serviceable, a simple upgrade to improved metal halide lamps can still produce the desired improvements in efficiency and production. As metal halide lamps age, they lose much of their efficiency as well as color quality. The older a metal halide lamp gets, the harder the ballast has to work to ignite it and maintain a steady current supply. The metal halide lamp ages, requires more power to operate, until it fin [...]

12/20/11 Mine Lighting and Improving Effectiveness and Safety with LEDs

Electrical lighting for mines has predominantly been of a few specific types including incandescent lamps, HID luminaires, and fluorescent tubes. The problems with such mine lighting technologies stems largely from their power requirements and low durability factors. Each of these lighting types is of a construction that utilizes fragile materials such as glass and thin wire filaments that hold little resistance to abusive handling and conditions. Compounding the durability issue is the hazardou [...]

12/20/11 Temporary Power Distribution Within Industrial Construction Projects

The electrical power utilized by contractors often starts out as a primary high voltage connection to the local grid. These voltages vary according to the utilities involved and can exceed 11,000 volts. The first step is to reduce this to manageable voltages through the use of temporary power substations which reduce this current to 480VAC. Once this is achieved, the 480VAC power can be fed into distribution panels for routing through the structure. To provide power to every location within the [...]

12/14/11 Ultraviolet Light: The Usefulness of Light Beyond the Visible Range

Ultraviolet radiation is just above the wavelengths of visible light with a range of 400 nm (nanometers) to 10 Nm. Ultraviolet is a highly energetic form of electromagnetic radiation and as such can have a significant impact on molecular structures and chemical compounds depending on the particular wavelength of the UV being used. Generally, UV above 315Nm (UVA) is considered less energetic and has little biological effect while UV below 315 (UVB-UVC)is considered more energetic and can cause se [...]

12/14/11 Practical Applications of Ultraviolet Light

For instance; since UV radiation causes some compounds to emit electromagnetic radiation in the visible range, commonly known as fluorescence, we can use UV light to identify chemicals and compounds according to how they fluoresce when exposed to UV radiation. Just like with the visible light spectrum, different wavelengths of UV will react differently with different molecular structures, causing some to fluoresce a certain color, which can tell us what a material is made of or what its properti [...]

11/22/11 Paint Spray Booth Lighting: Safety and Effectiveness

Lighting for paint spray booths must adhere to federal and local regulations regarding the use of lighting in hazardous locations. OSHA offers a wealth of information on explosion proof lighting and hazardous locations and it is never a bad idea to familiarize yourself with what they have to offer if you’ll be operating a paint booth. Lighting for spray paint booths must be approved for hazardous locations and carry certification proving its suitability for use in a particular environment. Paint [...]

11/22/11 The Comprehensive Potential of LEDs in U.S. Commercial/Industrial Operations

While reducing energy consumption across the board holds great potential for reducing the United States’ dependence on fossil fuels and foreign energy sources, this is not the only significant area of improvement. By instituting higher energy efficiency standards and switching to alternative forms of lighting such as LEDs, industrial/commercial operations stand to improve their productivity and competitiveness on the world markets through reduced operating costs and improved productivity. [...]

11/16/11 The Higher Cost of LEDs: The Reasons May Surprise You

China, with its heavy emphasis on developing its economic and political power, has seen an explosion of potential in the market for its rare earth minerals and as a result taken several steps towards managing this now almost indispensible resource. Manufacturers of everything from to cell phones, televisions, and solar power equipment and yes, LEDs, rely on a steady and adequate supply of these minerals. In 2010, manufacturers became quite alarmed when China announced its plans to cut back on it [...]

11/16/11 Ultraviolet Light, NDT, and Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection

Fluorescent penetrant inspection is much the same, however, due to the fluorescent properties of the liquid dye’s that are used, special lighting in the ultraviolet or (black light) end of the light spectrum is required to produce maximum flaw visibility. Fluorescent penetrant inspection is often preferred over visible penetrant inspection because it provides a higher degree of detection sensitivity. Not only does the penetrant “mark” the area of imperfection, it radiates light when exposed to u [...]

10/26/11 LED Paint Booth Fixtures: Not Just Efficient, but Smarter

Because of how LEDs produce light, their design and construction is such that an LED resembles little more than a tiny flat square. As a result of this shape, light is emitted only from the top surface of the LED, resulting in light that is highly directional in nature.....When installed in a typical fluorescent spray booth type fixture, the result is that ALL OF THE LIGHT is radiated down onto the work area. So, not only does the LED spray booth light fixture produce as many or more lumens per [...]

10/25/11 Non Military Infrared Light Applications and Uses

What makes light in specific regions of the infrared end of the spectrum useful is that while it is absorbed or reflected off of objects just like visible light, it is a single narrow band of electromagnetic radiation rather than a blend of several. Normal visible light is a blend of several shorter electromagnetic wavelengths (colors) that is easily reflected by objects. Each wavelength, or color, is absorbed and reflected a little differently than the next according to the physical properties [...]

10/24/11 Night/Day Cameras and Auxiliary Infrared LED Illumination

To greatly improve the effective range of an ICR equipped camera as well as improve image quality during night mode, many users include an external infrared light source. This is usually a compact infrared LED light bar that is mounted atop the camera itself, or attached to the same mounting bracket as the camera in order to keep the light constantly directed on the area being monitored. Although we cannot see infrared light, it is still light, and the camera registers it the same way we would w [...]

10/20/11 Generations of Night Vision and Infrared

Night vision technology has grown to encompass a few distinct types of equipment, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses. Night vision devices, or NVD’s for short, allow the human eye to see in total or near total darkness through the use two basic methods, light amplification or thermal imaging. These systems are further classed into what are considered passive and active systems, wherein a passive NVD makes use of whatever light is available, and an active system provides [...]

10/05/11 Flashlight Types: What Makes Them Different?

Tactical flashlights represent a truly effective form of portable lighting, and good quality units are far and away a major improvement over our first three types. Tactical designs cover a huge range of types due to the widely varied nature of tactical applications, but some common traits shine through. As the name implies, these flashlights are designed with tactical applications like law enforcement and military use in mind, and as a result are constructed of high grade composites or aircraft [...]

10/05/11 Modern Mining Lights: From Birds to Flames to LEDs

It wouldn’t be until 1902 that practical electrical lamps were introduced in mines and removed the need for open flames. Electrical lamps greatly reduced the possibility of fires and explosions, but again, by today’s standards they were hardly safe. Early electric lamps got hot, the batteries were unwieldy and leaked acids, and shattered bulbs and shorted wires were all too capable of causing an accident. By the 1930’s electric lighting was the only mine lighting in use, although the older Davy [...]

10/05/11 Choosing Spray Paint Booth Lighting and Booth Design

A poorly lit paint booth with weak ventilation will lead to poorly matched colors and lots of finishing work to deal with paint contaminants. So, it’s best to be realistic and have a few solid ideas of what you are looking for in a paint spray booth in order to ensure that your new booth is all asset and no liability. [...]

10/04/11 New Energy Standards Changing How We Look at Lighting

Most manufacturers have traditionally labeled their lighting products according to wattage and lumen output. It’s always been understood that higher wattage means a brighter bulb, and that higher lumen output means a brighter bulb as well. With incandescent bulbs this has been essentially true. Unfortunately, due to the unique properties of LEDs, wattage and lumens are no longer a simple baseline that can be relied on to deliver an accurate perception of a lamps performance. An LED lamp may prod [...]

09/26/11 Paint Booth Lights for Modern Paint Types

Paint manufacturers have taken these physical properties farther, and now use various pigments and materials to enhance the reflective or absorption properties of other materials to produce colors of exceptional intensity and hue. The problem for paint booth operators is obvious; with such complexities introduced into paint coloration and characteristics, being able to accurately match or reproduce colors is made more difficult. When light hitting an object does not contain a full spectrum of co [...]

09/26/11 Paint Spray Booth Lighting Fundamentals

Of huge importance to paint spray booth applications is the safety regulation compliance of the lighting equipment and its suitability for use in a hazardous environment. Due to the flammable nature of the chemicals and compounds used within the booth, removing potential sources of ignition is critical. Since any electrical equipment used is a potential source of heat, sparks or flame, it must be properly designed and certified for use in hazardous locations. Paint spry booth lighting that is mo [...]

09/21/11 IECex/ATEX and North American NEC HAZLOC Equipment Classification

North America is presently not operating with the IECex/ATEX schemes although some effort has been made to produce some homogenity between North American and European Standards, most notably the US and Canada's adoption of a Zone system (NEC 505) modeled after European Schemes. However, despite the great similarity between North American and European Zone systems, they are not identical and are not interchangeable. [...]

09/14/11 Options for Meeting the Lighting Requirements of the 2005 Energy Policy Act and the Energy Independence Act of 2007

These efficiency standards apply to more than just incandescent bulbs and will have an impact on all forms of lighting. As a result, it’s important that consumers begin looking ahead and planning a change to the more efficient lighting types that will soon be taking the place of less efficient forms that cannot meet the new standards. LEDs, high efficiency halogens, compact fluorescent, high output fluorescent tubes and electronically controlled fluorescent ballasts will soon represent the large [...]

08/18/11 Reducing Worksite Power Demands with Solar Powered Lighting

The most commonly utilized methods for powering electrical equipment on the remote jobsite involve portable generators that can be towed to the site and run independently for extended periods. For large operations, these units are typically diesel powered and can produce large amounts of electrical power for anywhere from 24 to 80 hours depending upon the model and fuel capacity. [...]

08/17/11 Fall Night Hunting With Spotlights

A rechargeable handheld spotlight is usually the light of choice for most predator and nuisance game hunters. Fairly compact, requiring no external power source, and powerful enough to throw a beam at least 5oo feet, a portable spotlight can fill most hunting roles if properly selected. When looking for a hunting spotlight, it pays to keep in mind a few general characteristics. [...]

08/17/11 Electronic Ballasts and High Power Metal Halide Lamps

This electronic ballast technology has allowed the Metal Halide to be introduced into areas such as portable lighting with great success. Before the advent of compact Metal Halide lamps, portable and mobile lighting applications relied on older technology like the filament based incandescent lamp which was inefficient and low in overall light output. With compact HID systems, however, the high power and efficiency of the Metal Halide is now available for use as boat lighting, automobile headligh [...]

08/17/11 Modern Lighting: Why LEDs are Leading the Way

Because of their solid state design, low power requirement, high efficiency and durable construction, LEDs offer a wide range of improvements over traditional light sources. Able to produce light in specific wavelengths, containing no gases, filaments or glass, and much smaller than traditional light sources, LEDs are a radically different way to produce light and as such, have much different properties than the traditional light bulb. [...]

08/03/11 Night Hunting with Spotlights Increases the Challenge and the Rewards

Although night vision devices are becoming more popular for some species such as feral hogs, its legality is an iffy subject in many areas, not to mention the expensive nature of equipment of high enough quality for hunting purposes. The most common method of identifying targets remains spotlighting and for good reason; its affordable, its portable, and its effective. [...]

08/03/11 Hazardous Locations: Collapse the Triangle and Prevent Ignition

With hazardous locations, it is rarely easy or practical to remove either oxygen or fuel. This is because it is impossible to operate an oxygen free environment, and the very compounds that are present are the very part of the industrial process. Thus, removing heat, or rather the source of ignition becomes the primary target for practicing prevention. Indeed, when incidents arise, it is often determined that “inadvertent ignition” had taken place. So, it is then important to identify and unders [...]

08/02/11 Tactical Night Vision and Active Infrared LED Emitters

Todays night vision technology is several orders advanced beyond the early systems and capable of producing images of surprising detail and clarity even in almost lightless conditions. The most advanced systems are reserved for military , law enforcement and Federal use only and make up what is known as Generation 4 night vision technology. Obviously, earlier systems are then known as Generation 3, 2 and of course 1. Generation three systems make up the majority of equipment available to the pu [...]

08/02/11 The Practicality Behind Marine LED Lighting

We hear a lot today about how great LEDs are. They use very little energy, theyre the lighting of the future, theyll make the incandescent light bulb obsolete, and every one of these claims is in fact true. However, we dont hear nearly as much about the other everyday ways that LEDs can benefit us, and considering that these benefits are quite considerable, this is something of a shame. [...]

07/17/11 Proof That LED Upgrades Make Dollar Sense

The savings potential here is so great, that even with extreme scrutiny and reluctance to spend on new projects, the school board simply could not ignore the savings potential such an opportunity presented. Not only was the initial cost outlay reduced by 90% with state grants and rebates, and energy costs significantly reduced, but maintenance costs are also projected to be reduced as well since the LEDs will not require replacement for years. [...]

07/17/11 LEDs: Industrial Practical and Medical Versatility

While LEDs certainly hold a great deal of potential and promise for medical application, unless there is peer reviewed evidence for support, it is highly doubtful that such unproven therapies are of much benefit. It is probably wisest to not allow the excitement and newness of LED technology to color judgment when it comes to such serious medical conditions and instead defer to established medical practices for effective treatments. [...]

07/13/11 Combustible Dust Standards and Preemptive Safety

As of this writing, OSHA has yet to institute a solid set of standards for combustible dusts. Many officials adopt NFPA recommendations into their local fire codes as a result in order to attempt some level of regulatory standards across a broad spectrum. Whether or not any meaningful regulation emerges from OSHA in the near future, it is best that any industry or commercial operation associated with combustible dusts be preemptive and adhere to any local regulations as well as adopt their own m [...]

07/13/11 LED Advances and World Acceptance

All over globe, LEDs are popping up everywhere. You can now find LEDs in traffic signals, parking lot lamps, shopping centers, ships and aircraft and industrial manufacturing facilities just to name a few of the most popular applications. In cities and states across the US, reports are appearing in the media that back up the energy efficiency potential of LEDs, with many companies and local governments reporting reductions in energy consumption of up to 70% in applications where a full [...]

06/22/11 Night Hunting for For Coyotes and Predators

There are a lot of reasons to give night hunting a try, besides trying out your new spotlight. Many predators are more active during the evening and late night hours. Many varmint and nuisance animals are more active as well. Just of these include coyotes, raccoons, fox, and hogs, all of which are commonly hunted at night. Likewise, human tend to be less active at night, which means many of these animals are going to be less wary and cautious, giving some small advantage when preparing to hunt t [...]

06/22/11 Tactical Flashlight Basics

Tactical flashlights continue to become even more specialized and refined as new technologies and designs come to the fore, improving run times, durability and battery life. LEDs, lithium ion batteries and high strength composites are being increasingly used to produce tactical flashlights of unsurpassed quality and effectiveness that for all intents and purposes are rendering older versions obsolete. [...]

06/22/11 Upping the Wow Factor of Your Boat with LEDs

At the forefront of colored boat lighting are the hugely popular underwater or “hull lights”. Designed to illuminate the water underneath and around the boat, these lights produce some of the most surreal and beautiful effects to be had in custom boat lighting. [...]

06/21/11 Better Boat Lighting Through Aftermarket LEDs

Though the prime allure of LEDs remains their efficiency, it is also very important that light quality, durability and effective coverage also be taken into account. It is these factors that once made LEDs somewhat tricky to use for general illumination purposes, but as will be seen, not so now with modern LEDs designs. [...]

05/27/11 Effectively Lighting the Hazardous Enclosed Workspace

Confined space lighting must also provide the widest possible coverage of the workspace and be bright enough and of high enough quality to allow trouble free visual determinations. Colors need to be rendered correctly and light levels must be high enough to allow normal activity without the need for compensation through slowed operations and overly repetitive verifications. Other considerations for confided space lighting include keeping heat production to a minimum, hands free operation, durabi [...]

05/27/11 Nighttime Cruising: Tips For an Enjoyable Trip

One of the first things to realize when boating at night is that bright light hampers navigational efforts more than it helps. Despite having a good spotlight, such equipment is not intended to be used on a constant basis while underway or even at anchor for that matter. The uses for a spotlight while away from dock are widely varied, but at no time should one be used negligently or purely as a navigational aid while underway. [...]

05/24/11 LEDs and Transitioning From the Incandescent Light Bulb

As more business switch to LEDs and the commercialization of LEDs continues to grow, the general public will become more familiar with them. In fact, the chances are that most people have already seen entire store displays, offices, warehouses and the like illuminated entirely by LEDs and yet never realized it. This interesting for two reasons; LEDs have been developed to the point of going unnoticed when used and businesses which happen to be highly concerned with long term investments have bee [...]

05/24/11 Metal Halide Lighting: Improved Business Appeal and Safety

One of the biggest mistakes made in commercial lighting applications is to attempt to make the light from fixtures extend as far as possible, thus illuminating a larger area with a single fixture and reducing the total number of lights needed. Although on the surface this would appear a sound approach, the reality is that this method often results in a great deal of light being wasted and the creation of excessive glare. In order to get the maximum coverage from a single lamp, operators will oft [...]

05/13/11 The LED Spot Light: More than Just a Powerful LED

Marine spot light technology appears to be one of the few areas in boat lighting where LEDs have yet to solidly cement their dominance. Part of this seems to stem from the common perception of LEDs as being effective luminaries, yet still lagging behind traditional lighting technology when it comes to the ability to project a light beam with plenty of throw. [...]

05/06/11 The Versatility of LEDs behind Their Popularity

Certainly LEDs are still more expensive to purchase than incandescent bulbs initially, but considered in the long view this initial expense is misleading, with LEDs ending up being much more cost effective in the long run. With LEDs using less energy, producing more light and lasting up to twenty times longer than traditional light bulbs, there is simply no longer any reason to continue using the outdated and obsolete incandescent light bulb. [...]

05/06/11 Combustible Dust: Even Food Can Explode

Although it might at first glance seem almost disingenuous, the sugar and flour on your local supermarkets shelves once had the potential to cause explosions big enough to destroy an entire building. The corn meal in your kitchen cabinet could have easily acted as an explosive fuel before it made its way to market. Even the baking soda in the refrigerator could have blown the roof off of a processing plant. If this seems ridiculous or some sort of urban myth, read on and learn how something as [...]

05/06/11 LEDs and Boats: The Advantages Dont Stop at Efficiency and Power

“Will LEDs work with my existing fixtures?” “Are they expensive?” “What are the best LEDs to use?” These are some of the most common questions asked and more so than the answers, the questions themselves reveal something of a shortcoming in understanding just how far reaching the implications of installing LEDs on a boat can be. Certainly there are great benefits to be had. Huge reductions in maintenance, greatly reduced amperage loads, extreme light fixture longevity and improved lighting color [...]

04/18/11 Why LEDs Are Taking the Marine Industry by Storm

One of the fastest growing areas of advancement and application is in the marine industry. A large part of the reason for this is the unique power requirements of boats and how this power is produced and managed. Since watercraft operate independently of any external power sources once they leave dock, all power must be generated onboard. On large ships such as cruise liners, the cost of producing this energy can be staggering. Although alternative energy sources like solar and wind have seen li [...]

04/18/11 Corrosion and Marine Electronics: Choose an IP67or IP68 Rated Fixture for Resistance

Newer lighting equipment such as LEDs present an added concern as sensitive solid state electronic components are also incorporated into their design. As LEDs become more popular among boaters, it is becoming increasingly more important boaters ensure that such solid state lighting is properly constructed before choosing to install it on their craft. One of the surest ways to ensure that an LED light is going to be able to withstand use in a marine environment is to make certain it carries the p [...]

04/17/11 The Practical Side of Ultraviolet Light

Most commercial and practical industrial uses of UV light take advantage of the way objects fluoresce when exposed to it. In commercial settings these applications are quite varied. As well as our previous safety inspector example, UV light is used to inspect antiques and valuables for condition and authenticity. Consider that before 1950, paper was made simply by purifying and compressing wood fibers. After 1950, paper manufacturers began adding special chemicals that react with UV light, causi [...]

04/17/11 LEDs Improve the Effectiveness of Ultraviolet Lighting Applications

UV light has proven an effective military and law enforcement tool in the field. Crime scene investigations, property identification, location and personnel marking, night vision and starlight devices and more all have benefited from UV lighting technology and provide operators in the field with an effective investigative or covert tool. Providing the UV light necessary has been the real challenge and recent advancements in LED technology are now helping UV applications, particularly in the fiel [...]

04/01/11 LED Light Bars: Commercial Fishermen are Quick to Make a Good Catch

By incorporating simple solid state electronics and not ballasts, LED light makers are able to create LED lights that automatically sense and adjust the input voltage levels, bringing them down to ranges ideal for powering the LEDs. This allows operators to run these lights off of their boats own electrical systems without the need for additional generators, cords or special wiring. LEDs also produce very low amperage draw, making them ideal for boats and fishing applications where conserving [...]

04/01/11 LED Boat Lighting: Upgrade to Sensible Power Management

Those who spend prolonged periods out in open water and make overnight cruises a regular part of their cruising itinerary are particularly good candidates for a major lighting upgrade and todays technology has just the item to fit the bill. A lot of excitement has been generated lately around the fast growing role of LEDs in the marine lighting industry. Low power consumption, good light quality, high durability and extreme longevity have all combined to produce a source of electrical light tha [...]

04/01/11 Marine Engine Room Lighting: LED Upgrades for Safety and Reliability

Quality LEDs are also extremely long lived and basically impervious to damage from vibrations. A typical LED lamp these days has an expected lifespan of 50,000 or more hours. Compared to the 1-2000 hour lifespan of a halogen there is quite simply, no comparison. If you install an LED fixture in your boats engine room, the chances are that it will be the last light you ever install in there. An LED will not be affected by the constant thrumming vibrations that can often come from close proximity [...]

04/01/11 Marine LED Light Bars: The Highest Performance in the Worst Conditions

Reputable manufacturers will include clear explanations with their lighting equipment that details which agencies and standards their equipment is in compliance with. For instance, an LED unit like the Larson Electronics LEDP10W-240E LED Light Bar carries clear documentation showing it is rated IP68 in accordance with NEMA certification. This tells a boat owner that this particular light is waterproof beyond at least 1 meter and sealed against intrusion by particles such as dust as specified by [...]

03/18/11 Nighttime Boat Navigation: Know Your Lighting

If you use a spotlight, be aware of the rules regarding their use and refrain from the impulse of trying to use them like you would a car's headlights. On the water, a spotlight if used improperly can actually put you and other boaters in more danger than navigating without it would. As mentioned earlier, letting your eyes adjust to the darkness and relying on your natural night vision is the best way to go and it can also be easily hampered, particularly by an improperly installed or used spot [...]

03/17/11 LED Lighting for Marine Use: The Change is Here

Far from being low powered or of questionable practicality, LED boat lights now rival or surpass the traditional incandescent lights they are quickly replacing. Commercial grade LED light bars in particular like Larson Electronics LEDLB-200X2E LED light emitter are producing over 30,000 lumens of light while drawing only a fraction the amount of amperage that an incandescent light fixture would require. Even better, these LED designs are producing light of much higher quality, doing away with th [...]

03/16/11 LED Boat Lights: Power and Performance Changing Perceptions

Above average luminosity, exceptional light color, extreme ruggedness and above all, vast improvements in power consumption rates are now beginning to become the more commonly heard results from those installing LED lighting on their watercraft. LEDs have come so far in fact, that not only is the average boater realizing their benefits, but the extremely demanding commercial marine industry is embracing them as well. [...]

03/12/11 LED Boat Lights: Changing Power Conservation Habits

There are plenty of stories popping up in the boating community for example, of boaters outfitting their craft with LED strip lights that pull less than a quarter of an amp yet produce over 120 lumens of light, then realizing they can run these lights all night without finding themselves dead in the water. Some boaters have fully embraced the LED and done complete retrofits of their craft, removing every single incandescent light onboard and replacing them with LEDs. The result has been more th [...]

02/23/11 The Work Light: Just Reliable Dependable Light

We often take our equipment for granted and when that equipment is only used under specific conditions and at irregular intervals the way work lighting is, its easy to forget how much we can depend on it to get the job done when we do need it. If you drop your 100 watt incandescent work light on the pavement you can be pretty sure youll be at the least replacing the bulb, particularly if the light is on or still hot from use. Not so with the LED work light which will simply continue working as [...]

02/22/11 High Power HID Spotlights Making Halogen Obsolete

With an efficiency of 100 lumens per watt or more, HID lamps far surpass incandescent lamps for sheer power. Incredible results are obtained, however, when these HID lamps are paired with an effective reflector assembly. There are 35 watt HID spotlights that can throw a light beam for three quarters of a mile or more. For applications like those found in the military or law enforcement, this power combined with high durability for all intents makes the halogen lamp nearly obsolete for all but t [...]

02/21/11 Hazardous Locations: Know Your Explosion Proof Classifications

The NEC classifies hazardous locations according to three criteria, Type, Condition and Nature. The types of hazardous locations are determined according to the kind of dangerous materials or compounds that are present. An environment where flammable gases or vapors such as petrochemicals or natural gas are present in enough quantities to be potentially flammable or explosive and could be ignited by a spark or heat is considered a Class 1 hazardous location. [...]

02/21/11 About the University of California Study of LEDs and Toxic Materials

Taken at face value, the media headlines for toxic materials having been found in LEDs do indeed appear ominous. However, aside from the somewhat sensational claims being made, further consideration reveals little real need for concern on the part of the consumer. [...]

02/06/11 LED Fluorescent Tube Fixtures: Efficiency Beyond Lumens vs Watts

LEDs retain several distinct advantages over fluorescent lamps. LEDs do not require any ballast for their operation. Using entirely solid state electronics, the current and output of LEDs can be easily regulated and maintained. There is no initial startup or warm up period normally associated with ballast equipped luminaries. [...]

02/05/11 LEDs in Machine Vision Systems

Effective machine vision requires a higher degree of lighting accuracy and efficiency to form detailed images than the human eye. To increase the effectiveness of machine vision it is necessary to produce sufficient light intensity and ensure that uniform coverage is also produced as well. LEDs provide a degree of control and intensity not easily achieved with the halogen lamps previously used. Rather than rely on complex light directing devices, LEDs can be arranged in an application specific m [...]

02/05/11 Combustible Dusts: Explosive Potential

According to OSHA, 30,000 U.S. facilities are at risk of fires and explosions caused by the presence of combustible dusts. OSHA also notes that between 1980 and 2005 118 workers were killed and another 718 injured in incidents involving a combustible dust explosion. Aluminum, steel, coal, grain, plastics, resins, flour, wood and a whole list of others both organic and non organic can become extremely flammable when ground, shaved or in some other way processed into fine particulates. [...]

02/05/11 Escape and Evasion: Training and Equipment

Corrections history is littered with incidents wherein inmates have taken facility workers and corrections personnel hostage in attempts to barter for more liberties or gain exit from facility grounds. In all too many of these cases hostages have been held for extended periods, subdued and contained oftentimes with their own equipment [...]

01/19/11 LEDs in Industry: Energy Conservation = Financial Savings

LEDs now rival or surpass almost every other form of lighting in efficiency. They can match most forms of lighting in output and intensity with few notable exceptions, such as high intensity discharge lamps. Their lifespan is many times that of all other forms of lighting and they have an inherent durability that is unmatched. Add all of these traits together and you have the potential to reduce by extreme margins the costs of energy usage in large scale applications like those found in the indu [...]

01/19/11 Paint Spray Booth Illumination: Why Upgrade to LEDs?

LEDs are a natural fit for the paint spray booth. They have no filament in their design and instead produce light by passing electrical energy through a semi-conducting material. This process is not only more efficient than simply heating a filament to produce light as is the case with incandescent bulbs, but is more efficient than fluorescence as well. Further benefit comes from the LEDs naturally cooler operation. A great deal less heat is created by LEDs; less than either the incandescent or [...]

01/18/11 LEDs Rising to Prominence

One of the first and biggest markets where LEDs are having a significant impact is in commercial and industrial industries. Operations on a large scale, ranging from warehouses, retailers and hospitals to manufacturing and production all rely on extensive lighting systems to maintain operations. Lighting alone accounts for up to 80% of utility expenses in some industrial operations. LEDs represent an excellent lighting alternative that offers the potential to reduce these costs over 50%, [...]

01/18/11 Solar Powered LEDs: Green Convenience and Versatility

Modern solar technology coupled with the advancements in LED lighting technology have produced some extremely simple yet effective ways for almost any application to produce savings and convenience unheard of only fifteen years ago. [...]

01/04/11 Equipment Mounted Light Bars for Safety and Productivity

Light towers are a popular choice for the nighttime jobsite because of their ability to illuminate large areas with a great deal of high quality light. These light towers are generally an array of two to four metal halide lights mounted on telescoping poles and powered by a dedicated diesel generator. They can typically illuminate an area of approximately two acres and provide a great solution for contractors who need powerful illumination for large scale projects. [...]

01/04/11 Modern Military Spotlights: Versatile Lightweight Power

Rechargeable spotlights and flashlights have become an increasingly important part of military operations. As recently as ten years ago military personnel in the field were forced to rely on personal lighting equipment that had very short operational times due to high energy consumption. This required the further addition of up to twenty pounds of batteries to keep them operational during a full mission deployment of ten days. [...]

01/04/11 Infrared LED Emitters: Improving Vehicle Mounted IR Surveillance Systems

Most modern video cameras use CCDs also known as Charged Coupling Devices to sense and sort the light coming through the cameras lens. These CCDs are generally sensitive to more than just the visible end of the light spectrum and can sense IR light as well. [...]

01/04/11 LED Flashlights: Lightening the Soldiers Load

Modern technology has completely changed the way warfare is waged today. LEDs and HIDs have made the incandescent spotlight/flashlight obsolete and infrared illumination has gone higher tech with the addition of LED based IR emitters that remove the need for filters or special lenses. All of this technology, however, comes with a price. [...]

12/16/10 Emergency and First Responder Scene Lighting

Of all the equipment first responders need to perform their duties quickly and efficiently, lighting equipment ranks up there among the most critical. In order to respond and perform under all conditions, it is necessary that the equipment they carry be suited to the aspects of any emergency scenes they may be called to visit. [...]

12/16/10 Infrared Light and CCD Based Digital Cameras

When most of us think of night vision devices we usually picture the elaborate electronic headgear or special cameras used by military personnel. We usually assume the technology is complicated and the price exorbitant and so we also assume that attractive as being able to see in the dark may be, its beyond the realm of us mere mortals. [...]

12/16/10 How Do You Know If a Light is really Explosion Proof?

Hazardous location lighting equipment is in the simplest explanation used in places where concentrations of volatile gases, flammable dust or particulates, or flammable chemicals are high enough to present a danger of ignition that can lead to explosion or fire. [...]

12/16/10 Using Infrared to Improve Security Systems

Since its development over 50 years ago night vision technology has grown to include a wide range of devices that in some manner or another create the ability to see in what for all practical intents is near or total darkness. [...]

11/28/10 Night Vision Technology: Weighing the Advantages

Although there is more than one way to see in the dark, there is without a doubt a great deal of qualification regarding the merits of each method when they are compared with each other. [...]

11/28/10 Light Amplification vs Thermal Imaging

There are only two major types of night vision technology that have proven themselves both effective and practical for regular use; light amplification and thermal imaging. [...]

11/28/10 Active Infrared: Invisible Security

Growing in popularity due to increasing concerns with terrorism and criminal activities, active infrared technology has increased by leaps and bounds and led to an explosion in the low light security monitoring industry. [...]

11/28/10 Infrared Illumination: Supplement Your Night Vision Equipments IR Source

When dealing with night vision style technology like security cameras or portable night vision scopes, it is all too possible to find yourself disappointed. [...]

11/17/10 Spotlights and Night Vision: Scout and Confirm

Hunting at night is no easy task. Regulations and ordinances can sometimes be heavily set against anyone wishing to hunt at night. Spotlights and night vision devices although gaining some leeway as far as nuisance and non game animals are concerned are still heavily prohibited for use when hunting many of the more popular game animals. [...]

11/17/10 Red Spotlights: More Game, More Opportunity

With some states beginning to relax restrictions on the use of spotlights while hunting, and certain non game and nuisance animals being added to lists of those that can be hunted with lights, night hunting has greatly increased in popularity in the last few years. [...]

11/17/10 Augmenting Hunting NVDs with Infrared

In the past, hunting was traditionally reserved for daylight hours when hunters could be reasonably assured of finding their quarry without too much worry about visibility. With the setting of the sun though usually came an end to the hunt. Modern technology, however, has turned this conventional wisdom on its head and now many hunters are finding a whole new aspect of hunting that was once closed to them. [...]

11/17/10 Hunting on Open Ground with a Spotlight

Night hunting on open lands requires some extra consideration if it is to be successful. Unlike hunting in heavy brush or wooded areas, a more powerful spotlight is required since the ranges youll be working with will be greater. [...]

11/01/10 Choose a Good HID Spotlight for Taking Coyotes

Despite there being many additional concerns with deciding to undertake the adventure of hunting at night, the rewards can be substantial as well. Although some additional preparation and planning is necessary as well as some additional equipment, chances are that once youve successfully performed your first night hunt youll be permanently hooked and ready for more. [...]

11/01/10 LEDs: Good News in a Weak Economy

Due to the current weak economic climate there is an increasing emphasis on cost cutting and savings in the commercial and industrials sectors. Businesses are increasingly looking for ways to increase operating efficiency while also reducing costs, without negatively affecting their production levels or employee base. [...]

11/01/10 LEDs and Contrast Threshold: More than Just Energy Efficiency

While much of the focus on Marine lighting has lately been on the reduced energy usage benefits switching to LEDs from Halogens represents, there is more to the story than just prolonging the charge time of your crafts batteries. If you search the internet or read the magazines dedicated to boating, youre likely to see all sorts of stories touting the great reductions in electrical drain on a boats energy reserves that LEDs produce and little else. [...]

11/01/10 Explosion Proof and Intrinsically Safe: Different Methods, Same Goals

Deciding on the proper lighting for a particular work location can result in some unexpected confusion. Although many people understand that the presence of flammable or volatile materials and gases present a hazard, they do not understand the nature of equipment that must be used in such locations. [...]

10/18/10 Metal Halide Light Towers: Mitigating Glare

Of the several trends in construction taking place today, increasing the efficiency and safety of projects are usually the chief driving factors behind them. With the current shifting of operations such as road work towards nighttime hours occurring more and more frequently as companies and municipalities seek to lessen the impact these operations have on traffic flow and nearby businesses, lighting has become an increasingly important concern. [...]

10/18/10 Marine LEDs: Improved Light Quality and Efficiency

Still relatively new although gaining in popularity quickly, LEDs are the current growing trend in marine lighting. Although they have been present for decades in everything from remote controls to stereos, it is only the last 5 years that have seen LEDs begin making the transition into applications that were traditionally the realm of the common incandescent light bulb. [...]

10/18/10 The All-Around Performance of LED Flashlights

Choosing a flashlight has become a great deal more complicated since the days when aluminum bodied flashlights with three D cell batteries dominated the market. Nowadays there are as many types of flashlights as there are possible uses for them, and with advancements in lighting technology continually growing, the variety increases. [...]

10/18/10 First Responder Lighting Equipment

Emergency situations like traffic accidents, crime, natural disasters and other incidents can arise at any time of the day or night. Most emergency personnel find themselves more often than not called to respond to situations that present special challenges because of low light levels. [...]

10/05/10 LEDs: Realizing the Trouble Lights True Potential

If youve ever worked underneath a vehicle or had to repair equipment in a confined space, then you have probably at one time or another used a classic trouble light. For the uninitiated, trouble lights are those lights you often see hanging from reels or coiled up in a corner of your local mechanics shop. They are usually nothing more exotic than a long electrical cord, at the end of which is attached a handle with a reflector and bulb on the end. [...]

10/05/10 Proper Lighting for Effective Security

Whether it is a warehouse or a stand alone store, securing your place of business is a critical concern that should never be the subject of compromise. Would be thieves and vandals are constantly on the lookout for any easy target and an isolated building in a dimly lit area represents a prime location for criminal mischief to take place. [...]

10/05/10 LED Efficiency Poised to Change How the World is Illuminated

Unless youve been living in a cave and have no idea what an electric bill looks like, youve likely heard about LED lighting. With some suggesting that this technology has the potential to actually change the world, LEDs have in a short amount of time become an everyday household word. Its entirely possible that within the next ten years we may be wondering how we ever got by without them. [...]

10/05/10 HID Spotlights for Versatile Marine Use

When it comes to the type of lighting to use in marine applications the wide variety of equipment available along with the unusual characteristics of the marine environment can make selecting the right lighting equipment difficult at best. Every boat owner has different preferences and the wildly differing conditions encountered by boaters has resulted in few cut and dried options. [...]

09/02/10 LEDs vs CFLs: No Compromise Necessary

With the current trends in energy efficiency and conservation presenting a persistent and important presence on the world stage, it is only natural that energy efficient forms of lighting technology continue to receive increasing scrutiny. With over 60 billion dollars per year spent in the U.S. alone on energy for lighting, it is clear that there is great opportunity for increased efficiency and savings. [...]

09/02/10 Spray Booth Lights: Which Type for Best Results?

Most paint spray booths utilize one of two types of lighting fixtures in their design, either fluorescent tubes, or high intensity discharge lamps. Incandescent lamps are poor choices for spray booth applications because they are highly inefficient, have very short life-spans, and produce copious amounts of heat during their operation. [...]

09/02/10 Prepare Wisely for Nighttime Cruises With HID Spotlights

Every summer sees a greater number of boaters taking to the water. More and more of these boaters are extending the hours during which they operate their craft, and many are discovering how enjoyable it can be to include the occasional night cruise in their boating plans. As more boaters begin operating their vessels at night, it becomes even more important that they understand the different hazards and requirements that come with cruising in darkness. [...]

09/02/10 Unseen Benefits of LEDs

With all the excitement over the potential savings in energy and maintenance costs associated with LED lighting, its very easy to overlook some of the less obvious cost saving benefits they bring. Most of the focus on LEDs centers on their ability to produce light much more efficiently than traditional incandescent bulbs. Because incandescent bulbs create light by heating a filament with electrical current, much of the energy they consume is radiated as heat rather than light. [...]

08/16/10 The End of the Incandescent Bulb

In 1879 Thomas Alva Edison famously produced the first practical electric light bulb and transformed the entire world almost overnight. His design led to the first commercial power plants, the first electrical power grids, and changed how industry worked, and how private citizens lived their lives. Edisons commitment to bringing cheap electrical lighting and power to the public helped to usher in the technological age and forever changed the face of the world. [...]

08/16/10 The Future of Explosion Proof Lighting

Two of the biggest factors in the development and implementation of explosion proof lighting technology are economics and regulations. The standards and requirements regulating the design of explosion proof lighting as outlined by OSHA, the International Electrical Code and others dictate a high level of design strength and ignition resistance, and these in turn increase the costs associated with such equipment. [...]

08/16/10 HID Spotlights: Unrivaled Sheer Power

When it comes to sheer light power, there are few sources that can rival HID equipped lamps. HID, or “High Intensity Discharge” lamps utilize a set of contacts within a gas filled glass tube to produce an arc that ignites a reaction with the gas and creates a plasma reaction. This reaction once started is easily maintained with low voltage and produces an intense flood of illumination. [...]

08/16/10 The Popularity of LEDs in Marine Applications

If you need any evidence of the growing popularity of LEDs in the marine industry, you only need look to the catalogues and websites of most marine lighting specialists to find your proof. Of course, if youre the critical sort and require a little more than popularity to sell you on giving new technology a try, LEDs have plenty to back up the reasons for their popularity. [...]

08/02/10 Confined Space Lighting for Hazardous Locations

Confined spaces represent some of the most dangerous work places in commercial industries. Because of their enclosed nature confined spaces are poorly ventilated and allow volatile gases, fumes, vapors, and particulates to accumulate and increase in atmospheric density to potentially explosive levels. Confined spaces represent a hazardous work area and are loosely defined by a few general characteristics. [...]

08/02/10 Solar Power + LEDs = Ultra Efficiency

Conventional lighting no matter how it is produced relies on a steady supply of electrical energy to operate. Everything from the security lights in parking lots to the simple walkway lighting of a commercial building rely on a connection with the local power grid to provide needed illumination. While this lighting is highly effective and adds a great deal of convenience to businesses and industries that operate past daylight hours, it is also expensive and not always practical. [...]

08/02/10 HID Flashlights Provide Non Lethal Force

The search for new and more effective non lethal tools for control of individuals has led to major advancements in the design and production of tactical equipment used by police and security professionals. The premise behind non lethal force is to be able to disarm or disable subjects without the need to resort to weapons or tactics that may cause permanent injury or death. [...]

08/02/10 Marine Lighting Applications and LEDs

The marine industry is one of the first and largest commercial sectors to capitalize on the revolution in electrical illumination that LED lighting technology represents. Since electrical lighting was first introduced into boating applications, designers in the boating industry have grappled with the need to provide adequate power for electrical systems while maintaining a practical rate of energy consumption on board a ship. [...]

07/20/10 Whats So Great About LEDs?

Chances are, if youve shopped for any kind of light bulb recently youve noticed that there some new offerings among the usual selection of bulbs and lamps that line the shelves of your local hardware store. Where the available variety once consisted of simple incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes of various wattages, we are now seeing some unusual additions of a wholly different nature. [...]

07/20/10 LEDs: Giving Boaters the Upper Hand in Power Management

Ever since electrical equipment was first installed on a boat, managing onboard electrical power has been a major concern on everything from small sailboats to large yachts. Although electrical lighting was a major leap forward for marine lighting which at the time consisted of actual lanterns that housed a flame, it immediately created the problem of producing enough electricity to make its use practical. [...]

07/20/10 What Makes a Good Spotlight?

The time was when buying a spotlight simply meant looking for a brand that had the highest candlepower rating. The more batteries a flashlight used the better, and if the light could be used as a club well, that was considered a selling point. These days however, buying a spotlight requires a little more consideration. [...]

07/20/10 “Explosion Proof”: Its Not Just a Label

Hazardous work areas are one of the most demanding environments for the workers and equipment that must operate within them. The often confined spaces combined with the presence of volatile materials presents a serious danger of fires and explosions that must be adequately addressed to insure the safety of workers and the public in both the work space and the surrounding area. [...]

06/28/10 Underwater LED Lighting: Popular for a Reason

What started out as something of a novelty has quickly grown into a popular and effective addition to almost any boat that is used for spending evening hours out on the open water. Anglers have known for a long time the benefits of using lights to attract game-fish and pleasure boaters have often enjoyed the ambiance and intrigue created by installing underwater lights on the hull of their craft. [...]

06/28/10 Hunting Spotlights: Not Your Ordinary Flashlight

Serious hunting requires an attention to utility that far surpasses what normally suffices in the average activities of everyday life. Success and safety depends as much on the skill and planning of the hunter as it does on the quality and effectiveness of the equipment he carries with him. Equipment carried by the hunter must be of a much higher caliber than what is normally adequate in less critical situations and the choice of equipment to be used in the hunt must reflect this. [...]

06/28/10 Explosion Proof and Intrinsically Safe: There is a Difference

When it comes to explosion proof lighting many people have trouble understanding exactly what the term means. Factor in that there is also the term “intrinsically safe light” which is related to explosion proof lighting, and the fact that few people have had the benefit of a good layman explanation of the terms, and it becomes clear that there is plenty of room for confusion. [...]

06/28/10 LEDs: A Bright Future

Most people are by now familiar in at least some way with LED lights. Their excellent efficiency and small size are giving them a huge boost in popularity, especially in todays energy conscious environment. Across the nation, local governments are turning to the LED light in their quests to save money and increase the efficiency and safety of their cities and towns. [...]

06/14/10 Discover the Excitement of Fishing with Lights

Using lights to attract game-fish has been an effective tactic used by anglers for decades. In an interesting manipulation of the way the food chain works, bright lights operated from a boat and positioned over or under the water at night causes plankton to congregate around the light source. This congregation of plankton then attracts groups of the larger baitfish which feeds on them, and the baitfish in turn attract the bigger game-fish which anglers prize. [...]

06/14/10 Technology and Innovation in the Military

Military applications are notorious testing grounds for all manner of equipment that eventually makes its way into the public market. Terms like “Military Approved” and “Military Grade” carry a great deal of weight with the public and with good reason. When the military selects equipment that is going to be used by troops, it is not done lightly. [...]

06/14/10 Illuminating Emergency Scenes: Upgrade for Effectiveness

When people think of emergency services the picture that most often comes to mind is of loud sirens and brightly flashing multicolored lights. Rarely do we think of the rest of the equipment used by emergency responders but within the professional services themselves there is always a critical eye on finding ways to improve quality and reliability. [...]

06/14/10 Metal Halide: Improve Productivity With Full Spectrum Lighting

As the nations highways and roadways age and continue to see increases in traffic, concerns for keeping up with the growing demand for a safe transportation infrastructure have increased as well. Studies continue to be published showing the effects that age and traffic volumes are having on existing roadways and bridges and recommendations continually point towards refurbishing existing roads along with constructing new ones to help alleviate the congestion and hazards that are increasing in [...]

06/02/10 Tactical Light Design

Although there are several commonly accepted definitions of what constitutes a tactical light, the most prevalent explanations consider them to be high powered lights that can be used in conjunction with a firearm in low light conditions to aid in targeting and identification. Further considerations center on these lights ability to act as a source of non-lethal force, capable of temporarily blinding and or disorienting individuals. [...]

06/02/10 Explosion Proof LEDs: Advanced Technology for Spray Booth Applications

One of the most critical aspects of a properly designed spray booth is the type of lighting to be used in its operation. For most applications, the number and size of the lights needed is determined by the size of the booth. The second most important consideration is the quality of the illumination provided by these lights. [...]

06/02/10 Modern Lighting Technology in the Growing Security Industry

Private security is one of the fastest growing industries in the Unites States, with 2009 growth projections predicting a 17% increase in size by 2016. Much of this growth is a direct result of the currently high concerns with crime and terrorism as the corporate and civilian sectors seek ways to combat their increase. [...]

06/02/10 Improving Heavy Equipment Safety and Efficiency with LEDs

Although most heavy equipment manufactured for industrial applications today is of exceptional quality and design, there are still common problems that arise due to the environments and situations in which it is operated. Most heavy equipment comes factory equipped with only the basic accessories and is primarily outfitted for operation in optimal conditions. [...]

04/22/10 Tactical Flashlights: LEDs for the Professional

Data compiled from after-action reports show that almost half of all police shootings happen in low light conditions. This fact brings a great deal of emphasis to the importance of having a reliable and powerful source of portable light for low-light operations in the professional sector. Law enforcement, the military, private security, and other branches of official services all show a critical need for an effective and portable lighting solution. [...]

04/22/10 Spotlights For Hunting Small Game

Night hunting is one of the more challenging and exhilarating methods for taking game. The darkness and quiet of the night adds an air of mystery and the unexpected to the already exciting thrill of the hunt. Finding game and making the shot take on a whole new level of difficulty because of the reduced visibility and shortened targeting distances of hunting in the dark, not to mention having to target an animal with a gun and spotlight it at the same time as well. [...]

04/22/10 Explosion Proof Lighting: Protecting the Worker and The Public

Protecting against fire and explosions is a critical part of safety measures in many industrial environments. Explosion proof lighting, intrinsically safe lighting, and explosion proof electrical equipment are all commonly included parts of the comprehensive safety measures implemented to create and provide this protection. [...]

04/22/10 Cruising Safely at Night

Cruising at night is probably one of the more enjoyable aspects of pleasure boating. The water has calmed, and the heat has gone, making the cool breezes that blow across the water as enjoyable as they can be. Despite how relaxing a boating trip on the water can become at night however, darkness brings new concerns for a skipper to keep in mind. With the pleasure of night cruising also comes increased hazards, [...]

04/22/10 Spotlighting Safety in Military Operations

With all the emphasis thats been put on military stealth technology in the media, its not very often that you hear much about the technology being used to make military units more visible rather than invisible. Believe it or not, a lot of the emphasis in current military operations, like the ones taking place in Afghanistan and Iraq, is on making U.S. military units more easily identifiable, which in certain situations enhances their overall safety, [...]

04/22/10 Boating Needs Decide Which Spotlight is Right For The Job.

The wide array of marine lamps available nowadays can be frustrating for the serious boater who is trying to decide what type of exterior spotlights would best serve his needs. For every purpose there seems to be ten possible choices, and for every person you ask, you can get a different recommendation. [...]

04/22/10 LEDs: A Natural Fit for Boating

LED lights have come a long way since their introduction into the marine industry. Rapid advancements in technology coupled with innovative designs have resulted in LEDs capturing a growing segment of the marine lighting equipment industry, with boat manufacturers now incorporating them into their new designs as a part of their standard equipment. [...]

04/22/10 LED Light Bars For Off Road Illumination.

For almost two decades the traditional choice for off road lighting has been the addition of incandescent halogen lamps. While more efficient than the traditional incandescent lamps that came before them, these lights still suffer from several shortcomings. Their filament-based bulbs are vulnerable to impacts and shocks while the halogen gas design creates a great deal more heat than traditional bulbs. [...]

04/22/10 Explosion Proof Lights: Lessening the Danger in Hazardous Work Areas

Hazardous work areas present special challenges for the workers and businesses that must operate within them. These work areas are often confined rooms or containers like fuel tanks where vapors and gases from work activities can become concentrated to dangerous levels. As well as the obvious dangers posed by inhalation of these contaminants are the not so obvious dangers that can have lethal consequences if not properly addressed. [...]

04/22/10 Why are Explosion Proof Lights Different?

Marine engine rooms, commercial paint booths, chemical storerooms, grain silos, tank farms; what do they all have in common? Each and every one of these is a potential bomb waiting to go off. Under certain conditions and with the right combination of circumstances, the possibility of a catastrophic explosion occurring becomes a near certainty. [...]

04/22/10 LED Lighting Solutions in Commercial Construction

LED lighting has made great strides in technological advancements in the last ten years. After decades of being relegated to use in narrowly defined applications, LEDs are now taking a much larger role in applications that were once the sole domain of high powered and inefficient incandescent lamps. With their smaller size, excellent efficiency, and extremely long life, LEDs represent the future in commercial lighting applications. [...]

04/22/10 Marine Spotlights: Playing by the Rules

The first impression most people have when considering nighttime cruising is that if youre going to take a boat out at night, then bright spotlight lights would be a must for navigation. Contrary to first impressions however, the reverse is true. Boating at night presents unique requirements, and what you would normally think of as common sense isnt always right. When choosing a high-powered spotlight for marine use, there are some very important points that must be taken into consideration. [...]
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