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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
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HID Equipment Lights
Hot Work Permit Lighting and Equipment
Hunting Lights
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Industrial Transformers
Light Towers
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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
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NEW Lights and New Products
Evaporative Coolers
Police Equipment
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Military Spotlights 24V
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Larson Electronics Spotlights
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Acro Lights HID Lights
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Powerlight Flashlight
HID Flashlights
Xenon Flashlights
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Forklift Lights
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Fire Rescue Lights
LED Street Lights
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Magnetic Spotlights
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Gifts For Men
New 12 / 24 Volt Lights
Explosion Proof Accessories and Replacement Parts
Explosion Proof Lighting
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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
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Light Tower and Light Plant Rentals
Power Distribution Rentals
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Refinery lights
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Food Grade Safe Lights
Film and Entertainment Lights
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Ship Yard Lights
Work Site Lighting

09/05/11 LED Lighting for Commercial Construction

Some of the greatest innovations in commercial and industrial lighting over the last ten years have been due to the heavy development of the LED or “Light Emitting Diode”. In applications where incandescent and HID lighting were once dominant, LEDs are now proving capable of matching or surpassing such forms of illumination in every aspect including , power, light quality, efficiency and operational life. Because of the LEDs’ highly efficient operation, long life, high durability, and small size, they offer a more versatile and cost effective alternative to the traditional types of work site lighting that were once the lighting systems of choice. As more operators discover the savings and improvements in productivity and safety that come with upgrades to LED lighting equipment, the trend towards solid state lighting promises to grow even larger.

In the construction industry, the tendency to shift operations towards evening and nighttime hours has increased in popularity. Particularly in road work operations, nighttime operations allow workers to avoid some of the more dangerous and challenging problems that come with the higher traffic volumes and increased public presence associated with daylight hours. Working at night allows companies to reduce their impact on the flow of traffic, reducing problems with congestion, and business affected by road projects experience less interference with their customer traffic. The workers exposed to busy traffic patterns in these work zones benefit from a reduction in accident potential as well since with lower traffic volumes comes a reduced potential for incidents.

Although these are substantial and beneficial reasons for shifting work site operations towards evening hours, construction work after sunset also presents some new challenges that must be met if such nighttime operations are to reach their full potential. Primary among the challenges facing the nighttime work site operator is providing effective illumination. Although there is a substantial field of lighting equipment to choose from, not all of this equipment is right for every nighttime work site. Additionally, such lighting equipment introduces additional operating costs that must be taken into consideration if such equipment is to be used in a cost effective manner. The cost of the equipment itself, its proper operation, and the costs of powering such equipment, and its suitability for particular applications are a few of the considerations that must be made if lighting equipment is to be effective.

LEDs have helped to make such considerations easier to manage. With their high lumen per watt output and strong leaning towards the higher ends of the light spectrum, white LEDS produce more and higher quality light while requiring less power. If you consider that a 50 watt halogen bulb produces approximately 15-25 lumens per watt, and an LED approximately 90 lumens per watt, it is easy to see how a 50 watt halogen producing 1,000 lumens could be replaced by a 15 watt LED, and a savings of almost ¾ realized while producing more light! This kind of efficiency is important, particularly for worksites when you consider that fuel powered generators are the primary power source for such projects and that fuel costs can easily tally into the thousands in short order. If you can reduce electrical consumption by a significant margin as is possible with LEDs, you have then reduced operating costs by a significant margin as well.


The efficiency and good color quality of LEDs are only a part of their cost effectiveness. The longevity and durability of the LED adds another aspect to cost considerations that should not be ignored. Typical halogen lamps have a lifespan of approximately 1500 hours, and HID lights can often last as long as 20,000 hours before requiring replacement. With LEDs, however, operational life is greatly extended, with 50,000 hours as a commonly agreed upon average, and newer LED types offering up to 75-100,000 hours. Thus, the number of replacement lamps needed over the course of several work operations is seriously reduced with the use of LEDs, further lowering operating costs. Additionally, the LED is a highly durable piece of solid state electronic equipment and not truly a “light bulb”. There is no glass, no gases, and no filaments used in the construction of the LED lamp. A single semi-conducting chip encased in clear epoxy or acrylic type materials all that makes up the basics of an LED, and thus there is little chance of breakage or damage. In abusive and demanding conditions like those found on commercial work sites, a highly durable light source that can stand up to dropping, impacts and vibrations without experiencing failure is ideal.


 When considering the purchase of lighting equipment for the worksite, take a look at some of the LED equipped offerings now available commercially. Although slightly more expensive initially, the long life and reduced operating costs of LED equipment lights will likely make you very happy that you did.

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