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Aevum Control Lighting and Equipment - IIoT
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
Megatower™
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
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
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
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Fleet Service Lights and Lighting Equipment
Industrial Equipment Trailers
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ISO 14644/FS-209E Clean Room Lighting
LED Blasting Lights
Night Time Fishing Lights
Portable AC Power Supply Units
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Self-Contained Lighting
Service Pit Lighting
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Agricultural Farm Equipment Lighting & Beacons
Explosion Proof Cameras & Surveillance Systems
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Explosion Proof Heaters
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LED Grow Lights
LED Lights
NDT Ultraviolet Lights
Portable Hazardous Location Lighting
Radio Communication Towers and Equipment
Salt Water Processing Equipment
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Thermal Monitoring Cameras and Systems
48V LED Equipment Lights
ATEX Rated Explosion Proof Lights
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Class Rated Signals, Alarms, and Systems
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HID Equipment Lights
Hot Work Permit Lighting and Equipment
Hunting Lights
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Light Towers
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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
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Intrinsically Safe Lights
Military Flashlights
LED Waterproof Lanterns
Work Area Lights
12 Volt Flood Lights
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Boat Spotlights
New Boat Lights
HID Boat Lights
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Remote Control Lights
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Tow Lights
Magnetic Control Lights
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NEW Lights and New Products
Evaporative Coolers
Police Equipment
AC/DC Transformers
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Military Spotlights 24V
Infrared Filters, Covert Covers, and Blackout IR Lenses
Military Equipment
Ultralife Batteries
Remote Control Pan Tilt Base
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Larson Electronics Spotlights
Larson Electronics Parts
Replacement Lamps
Cords - Brackets
Portable Wheeled Generators
Non-Hazardous Location Extension Cords / Plugs / Outlets
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HID Work Lights
HID Dive Lights
HID Off Road Lights
Acro Lights HID Lights
Halogen Lights
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Acro Light Flashlight
Xenon HID Flashlights
Powerlight Flashlight
HID Flashlights
Xenon Flashlights
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LED Status Lights
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HID Post Mount Lights
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Flashlight Holder
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Tripods-Magnetic Base
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Recharging Spotlights
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LED Street Lights
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Headlights - Headlamps - Hard Hat Lights
Flashlights
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12/24 Volt Spotlights
Gifts For Men
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New 12 / 24 Volt Lights
Explosion Proof Accessories and Replacement Parts
Explosion Proof Lighting
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Explosion Proof Phones and Intercoms
Explosion Proof Extension Cords
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials
Crane Lights
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Light Tower and Light Plant Rentals
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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. Scene lighting plays a pivotal role in all of the professional emergency services and administrations are always considering ways to improve their ability to illuminate a response area. With responders often forced to perform in poor conditions and on call at all hours, the ability to brightly illuminate any scene regardless of the conditions is critical to their ability to respond effectively to an emergency.

Portable lighting is one of the most important pieces of equipment an emergency responder has as in the darkness of night, or within the confines of a darkened building, no light means a greatly reduced ability to perform. Responders must be able to provide powerful illumination no matter the conditions and this lighting must be dependable and powerful. Whether it is the an automobile accident that has vehicles situated well off of the roadway or a building that has burnt and lost electrical power responders must be able to illuminate the area quickly and effectively in as little time as possible. It is in these scenarios that portable spotlights can excel and make the difference between time lost and an immediate response.

When considering new lighting equipment the tendency is to focus on vehicle mounted spot and flood lights. Companies like Larson Electronics offer a huge variety of spotlights to choose from and modern technology has made improving on equipment that a department bought ten years practically unavoidable. Vehicle lighting has many advantages, not the least of which is a steady and powerful source of electrical power to connect the lights to. These vehicle lights are typically ideal for illuminating roadside scenes and areas where the vehicle can be brought in close to the work zone. Some of the traditional drawbacks however are the heavy rate of power consumption some of these lights have and the limited control the operators have over their manipulation.  Because of their heavy power requirements the vehicle must often be left running for extended periods to avoid draining its batteries. When responding to the scene, responders have little time for directing the lights to the optimal area, and emergency scenes often require responder to frequently move from one area to another.

One of the best ways these problems have been addressed is with the advent of remotely controlled HID spot and floodlights. Lights like the GL-3049HW HID Golight Stryker mitigate the concerns of power consumption by incorporating a high intensity discharge lamp, or “HID” into their construction. These lamps do not use filaments to produce light and instead use an arc created between two electrodes to ignite metallic salts and create a brilliant light beam. HID’s require considerably less power to create a given amount of life in comparison to traditional lamps like the Halogens that until recently dominated the spot light industry. A spotlight like the GL-3049HW HID produces 3200 lumens of brilliant light and can throw an effective beam 2800 feet. This power is greatly beneficial in conditions that require responders to work in areas that are far removed from the vehicle yet must be brightly illuminated. The Go Light's 3.3 amp current draw is significantly less than that of a halogen lamp producing a comparable amount of light, reducing concerns of battery depletion during the course of operations.

When responding to a call, emergency professionals are often presented with scenes that contain multiple response locations, such as in automobile accidents where there can easily be several vehicles involved. In these instances a spotlight with remote control capabilities like the Go Light’s is invaluable and allows the responder to direct the light as needed from as far as 300 feet away. With a weatherproof remote that easily fits into a small shirt pocket, a responder can control the illumination of a work area at the touch of a button with no need to manually adjust the lights as he moves from one location to another.

The lights used by emergency responders must also be durable and rugged. Housings should be weatherproof, lamps should be resistant to impacts or vibrations and connections should be secure and watertight. Go Lights are weather proof and rated for use in marine environments, insuring that weather conditions will pose few problems, and their HID lamps are highly resistant to damage from impacts and shocks. Mounting options for emergency personnel are somewhat limited and overhead locations are preferable to help reduce the chances of interfering with the vision of other responders while still providing adequate illumination of the scene. Magnetic mount lights like the GL-3049HW HID have an advantage in that they can be easily deployed on vehicle rooftops and any vehicle surfaces that will accept a magnet. This allows operators to easily and quickly change the mounting position of the light as well as transfer it from one vehicle to another while still providing a strong mount that can withstand the speeds and jostling that emergency vehicles often encounter.

Lighting is one of the most important tools an emergency responder has and should not be overlooked or taken for granted under any circumstances. While the equipment purchased and fitted several years ago may still operate reliably, it is all too easy to become apathetic when it comes to its use. Operators having become accustomed to their lighting equipment over a period of years can fail to realize that there are great improvements that can be found with an upgrade. Oftentimes it is only when an operator encounters vehicles other than his own that have already been equipped with advanced illumination tools does the realization of how dated his own have become hits home. It is because of this that departments and administrations must constantly assess and evaluate the condition and effectiveness of their illumination equipment as well as the performance and abilities of their personnel. By providing their professionals with the most up to date and effective equipment available, they will also have improved their performance as well.





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