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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
         

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

Of all the important features that must be designed into an effective paint booth, lighting is without any doubt the most important of them all. Preparation, application and quality control are all reliant on a high quality source of illumination. Well placed and properly chosen lighting will reveal imperfections and problem areas well before the first application of paint is applied. During application it is the quality of the illumination that will play a huge role in maintaining color uniformity as well as reveal any trouble areas like low spots or surface imperfections. Lighting with the proper color rendering index will also assist in producing the correct color matches and provide a truer representation of the finished products final appearance.

Because of its importance the lighting used in the spray paint booth must be chosen with just as much care and consideration as is given to the preparation and treatment of the products being coated. Lights must be powerful enough to illuminate every surface in high detail yet not produce so much glare as to interfere with inspections. The lights’ color rendering index must be as high as is practical in order to produce a truer representation of the colors and surfaces being worked with. Placement of the lighting fixture also plays a large role in how well a project is illuminated and how easily work can be performed without operators having to deal with their movements obstructing the light source.

Safety is also a major concern with spray booth lighting. The vapors and chemicals that are routinely present in spray booth operations present a serious fire and explosion hazard due to their volatile natures. Because of this, any lighting equipment to be used in spray booth operations must be of the explosion proof variety and properly rated. Some spray booth configurations allow for installation of lighting outside the actual confines of the booth itself. These lighting fixture set ups are usually mounted to the exterior of the booth and separated from the interior workspace by plexi-glass. Although this arrangement is useful for avoiding the normal explosion proof requirements for internally installed spray booth illumination, it presents problems with light distribution and intensity. Many operations, particularly on a larger scale also require lighting that can be repositioned as needed, which makes interior lighting a must.

Lights used in the spray booth are most commonly of the fluorescent variety for a number of reasons. Fluorescent tube illumination tends to produce a color rendering index that far surpasses that of normal incandescent lamps. The light is more evenly distributed as well due to how the light is spread out over the length of the tube and radiated equally in all directions. Fluorescent fixtures also tend to run much cooler than incandescent lamps, which provides the benefits of helping to reduce temperatures in the enclosed environment of the booth as well as reducing the potential for fires and explosion from inadvertent ignitions. Fluorescent fixtures also require much less electricity to operate and thus provide a significant reduction in operating costs. Because of these reasons fluorescent tubes have held a fairly stable position as the dominant form of spray booth illumination for decades.

Recent changes in how illumination is being produced, however, are providing the opportunity for operators of paint booths to improve on all these beneficial aspects of fluorescent illumination without any need for major retrofitting. LEDs represent a major shift in lighting technology and are gradually gathering a larger share of the fluorescent tube market as industrial and commercial operators realize the improvements in light quality and cost efficiency the offer. Explosion proof LED lighting like Larson Electronics's EPL-48-2L-LED with 4 foot LED bulbs offers improvements in efficiency, longevity and durability that regular fluorescents cannot match.

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 fluorescent lamp. LEDs also require no ballast and instead rely on solid state electronics which reduces the size and weight of the fixtures which must be used as well as adds to the energy efficiency of the LED fixture as a whole. Unlike fluorescent lamps, LEDs have no initial startup or warm up period as well. LEDs are an instant on lighting technology and reach peak operating capacity immediately after being switched on.

Another area where LEDs outperform other types of illumination is found in their longevity. LEDs of good quality and design can be expected to perform for 50,000 or more hours. This lifespan is on par with the highest quality fluorescents and in fact surpasses the actual useful life those lamps typically offer. This longevity offers benefits not only in reducing the costs associated with periodically needing to relamp fixtures as they reach the end of their useful life, but reduces the inconvenience as well. One of the bigger problems with explosion proof lighting is the inability of many less experienced operators to properly perform relamping of worn out tubes. Gaskets and seals are often difficult to replace and must be properly reapplied and affixed or the safety of the fixture can be compromised. This leads to an added burden on operators who often must perform relamping themselves rather than allow employees to perform this important yet time consuming task.

LEDs offer an improvement in durability that is unmatched in any other type of lighting. They contain no filaments, no gases under a vacuum and no brittle glass in their construction. Accidental bumping, dropping, impacts and other unintentional contacts that would normally shatter or destroy a typical lamp will have no effect at all on an LED equipped fixture. LEDs offer very good color rendering indexes, can be configured to fit into any application once served by fluorescents, and offer longevity and durability that will allow operators who utilize them in their practices to realize an eventual overall savings in both maintenance and operational costs. The next time you are in the middle of replacing yet another fluorescent fixture, imagine what it would be like to not have to change another lamp for years while paying less on your electrical bill, then go have a look at a few LED fixtures. You might be surprised at what you’ve been missing.





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