3 Things to Consider When Buying Explosion Class Lighting

Explosion class lighting can enhance the safety of an industrial space, but only if it is ideal for the location. If you're an architect, a facility manager, or a lighting expert, there are three things you should look at when choosing hazardous location lighting

  1. The lighting technology
  2. The Class, Division, and Group of explosion lighting
  3. The cost savings and environmental impact

Let’s discuss each in detail and why it impacts your choice of explosion lighting.

Explosion Proof Lights

1. The Lighting Technology

The best lighting technology – and the most common – for hazardous locations is LED. You'll be able to quickly identify these LED lights because of their specifications. LEDs need very few watts to produce high-quality light that boosts safety and productivity in industrial facilities.

LED lights are much more efficient than traditional forms of industrial lighting (up to 90%) and can last up to 100,000 hours. Even the LEDs that don't have a long lifespan last up to 50,000 hours, which is still much longer than traditional lighting systems.

2. The Class, Division, and Group of Explosion Lighting

OSHA, the CEC, and the NEC classify hazardous lighting locations into 3 broad categories: Class I, Class II, and Class III. Class I locations have ignitable chemical vapors, class II locations have combustible dusts, and class III locations have flammable airborne fibers. The first thing an industrial lighting expert should do is determine whether the hazardous location will have vapors, dust, or fibers.

These 3 classifications are further divided into Division 1 and 2 to determine to what extent the ignitable substances are present in the environment of the hazardous location. Division 1 explosion proof lights are more expensive than Division 2 explosion proof lights because they are built according to higher standards. Combustible substances are also more present in Division 1 lighting locations than in Division 2 locations.

The final step is choosing a facility’s Group designation. Group classifications, which range from A to G, identify specific substances and their relative ignitability. An industrial architect, lighting expert, or facility manager who chooses the top Class, Division, and Group for a facility will end up spending more money than they would if they had matched the hazardous location with the right classifications.

3. The Cost Savings and Environmental Impact

LEDs have a very long lifespan and help you to save money you could have spent on replacement lights and expenses related to changing out bulbs. They also consume very few watts and can save a lot of electricity.

LED lighting is also better for the environment than traditional lighting systems. Fluorescent lights only convert 5% energy to light and waste 95% as heat. LEDs, on the other hand, convert 95% energy to light and only waste 5% as heat. For this reason, LED lights are much more efficient than conventional lights.

The LED lighting experts at MyLEDLightingGuide can help you to choose the right explosion rated LED lights for your hazardous location as we have extensive knowledge of the Class, Division, and Group classifications applicable to explosion rated lighting

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