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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
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
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
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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
Boat Dock Lights
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Remote Control Lights
Control Lights
Tow Lights
Magnetic Control Lights
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NEW Lights and New Products
Evaporative Coolers
Police Equipment
AC/DC Transformers
Power Supplies
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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
Forklift Lights
Tractor Lights
HID Post Mount Lights
Roof Mount Lights
Post Mount Light parts
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Flashlight Holder
Magnet Spotlight Base
Tripods-Magnetic Base
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Recharging Spotlights
Fire Rescue Lights
LED Street Lights
Utility Lights
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Hazard Lights
Strobe Lights - Battery Operated
Strobes & Beacons
Strobe Light Bars
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Headlights - Headlamps - Hard Hat Lights
Flashlights
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Suction Mount Lights
Magnetic Spotlights
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
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
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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
         

   
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. With their duties taking place at any time, and much of their calls involving after daylight hours responses, the ability to illuminate a scene quickly is vital.

Of all the aspects involved with emergency response, speed and efficiency top the list. Since by their very nature emergency scenes are widely varied in location, lighting equipment must not only be effective but portable. The equipment used by responders must be easy to deploy immediately upon arrival in order for responders to be able to make fast and reliable assessments of the situation. This lighting must be able to not only provide fast illumination, but also provide powerful and comprehensive illumination as well. It must be able to illuminate the workspace as well as the surrounding area in order for responders to assess, monitor and address the conditions not only directly on the scene but surrounding it as well.

Because of these factors several key aspects of portable lighting gain prominence and factor heavily in the choice of equipment to be used. The equipment must be easily transportable and maneuvered, powerful, ruggedly constructed, and able to perform for extended periods either through the use of a self contained power source or through an independent yet readily available power source such as a vehicles’ electrical system.

Equipment for use by emergency and first responders must be lightweight in order to facilitate its transport and setup. At the same time, this equipment must be durable, rugged, and capable of withstanding substantial rough handling and movement while remaining operational. The equipment must also be sturdy and have a solid footing in order to allow a set and forget attitude that lets responders spend more time attending to the situation rather than their equipment.

The type of lamp used is also important. Different types of lamps and bulbs have varying benefits and drawbacks that have direct bearing on their suitability for use in emergency scenes. The light produced must be powerful and have good color rendering in order for responders to be able to make the most accurate judgments and assessments. Although incandescent lamps commonly used in scene lighting like Halogens are capable of producing significant amounts of light, these types of lamps are somewhat frail and prone to failure at inopportune times. HID lamps provide a better solution in that their non filament design and better color rendering provide a lighting solution that shows fine details more accurately while being longer lived and less susceptible to damage from movements or vibrations that can cause normal incandescent lamp filaments to break.

LED lamps provide what is perhaps the most effective solution. These lamps although not as well established as halogens or HIDs, offer a level of durability and efficiency that is unmatched by either. Their solid state design and very low current draw while providing substantial light output make them ideal for situations requiring a highly mobile yet powerful lighting source. Light towers like the Larson Electronics WAL-LED10W-4S LED Light Tower are an excellent choice for use in emergency scene and offer the ability to provide thousands of lumens of bright white light in a small and efficient package that can be deployed in a matter of 30 seconds. LEDs offer a very low current draw, which allows portable units such as this to run for over 6 hours on a single charge of their batteries.   

Providing the energy to power these light sources is another area where responders simply do not have a great many options. Most applications may allow operations within a close distance of the responders’ vehicle making this a primary power source in most situations. Other situations requiring responders to enter into structures of navigate uneven and remote terrain requires equipment that incorporates self contained power sources in the form of rechargeable batteries. These typically need to be as compact as possible to maintain a low unit weight, yet also able to supply ample current for significant periods of time. Lithium ion batteries are the top choice for smaller and handheld lighting units because of their smaller size, higher power output, low maintenance and ability to withstand over a thousand charge cycles before requiring replacement. Compact units that can be carried or rolled can use deep cycle rechargeable batteries that offer long run times and high energy output.

The materials used in the construction of emergency scene lighting plays an important role in its suitability for use. The most effective units will use materials such as aluminum and high strength nylon and plastic composites that offer great durability while keeping the overall weight of the unit to a minimum. Additionally, the equipment should be able to withstand significant exposure to the elements and be weather resistant and able to withstand some exposure to foreign compounds and materials such as chemicals or sand.

Some final considerations for the lighting equipment to be added to a first responders list includes the ability to easily monitor the strength and condition of its power sources while in use and the ease with which the unit may be serviced and maintained. While equipment is in use it is important that the state of a portable lighting systems battery charge is easily monitored. Well lit and easily read indicators and meters should be prominently located and easy to view.

The equipment should require little maintenance to ensure its ready state between uses. There should be as few loose parts as possible and lamps, battery compartments, switches and connections should although well sealed against intrusion by water or contaminants, also be easy to access for cleaning and replacement when necessary.

All of these factors represent some of the most basic considerations that should be made when selecting a unit for use as emergency scene lighting. By addressing these concerns, responders ensure that they will be able to perform their duties to their maximum potential regardless of time or location.

 





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