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Whether your home or working environment is roadside, in a production facility, construction sites of new homes and buildings, or an area similar to these, not just any type of residential or industrial lighting will do. While some locations are hazardous and need explosion-proof fixtures, others need lighting options that are durable and portable for on-the-go light. Whatever the case may be for your home or business, there is a light solution for you. Here are a few different residential and industrial lighting types that may suit your home or job site needs.
Vapor Tight Industrial Lighting
Are you working with water, vapors, gases, or non-combustible dust? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, you need vapor tight lights. These are specially designed for indoor and outdoor job sites where exposure to water, humidity, and/or dust is a common occurrence. These will effectively protect the light from hazards like corrosive fumes, moisture, non-explosive vapors, gases, and more. Vapor tight industrial lights are sealed and gasketed, so they won’t rust or corrode when sprayed down.
Temporary and Portable Home and Job Site Lighting
When your job site changes or you move houses frequently or on a regular basis —you’ll require lights that can handle being transported from site to site without malfunctioning or breaking. Portable construction lighting often comes in an array of types, such as warning, flood, string, and folding lights. String and folding lights are incredibly easy to transport and have the durability you need for construction or other job sites. Should you ever have to direct drivers or call attention to your location in the event of a site emergency, warning lights are often rechargeable and long-lasting options that can come in handy. Need bright, powerful light at home or to get the job done perfectly? Flood lights offer the concentrated light spread you’re looking for in a portable, heavy-duty build.
Hazardous and Explosion-Proof Industrial Lighting
Do you and your employees work in hazardous areas involving explosive or toxic substances? These sites include laboratories, warehouses, gas refineries, coal mines, drilling rigs, fabrication workshops, and other industrial settings. Special light fixtures are needed for these types of locations. When chosen incorrectly, lights can explode when exposed to high temperatures. In these job sites, you need hazardous and explosion-proof industrial lighting that will remain intact, but also provide excellent light quality to keep employees safe.
There are specific classifications for these types of lighting fixtures, so it’s important that you ensure which zone and class your job site fits in. Here is a breakdown of these from Warehouse-Lighting so you can determine which industrial lighting options will work the best for your business:
Gas Divisions or Zones
An area such as a residence or office would be classed as Non-Hazardous (safe area), where the only risk of a release of explosive or flammable gas would be such things as the propellant in an aerosol spray. The only explosive or flammable liquid would be paint and brush cleaner. These are classed as very low risk of causing an explosion and are more of a fire risk (although gas explosions in residential buildings do occur). Non-hazardous areas on chemical and other plants are present where it is absolutely certain that the hazardous gas is diluted to a concentration below 25% of its lower flammability limit (or lower explosive limit).
Division 2 or Zone 2 Area
This is a step up from the safe area. In this zone the gas, vapor or mist would only be present under abnormal conditions (most often leaks under abnormal conditions). As a general guide for Zone 2, unwanted substances should only be present under 10 hours/year or 0–0.1% of the time.
Division 1 or Zone 1 Area
Gas, vapor or mist will be present or expected to be present for long periods of time under normal operating conditions. As a guide for Zone 1, this can be defined as 10–1000 hours/year or 0.1–10% of the time.
Zone 0 Area
Gas or vapor is present all of the time. An example of this would be the vapor space above the liquid in the top of a tank or drum. The ANSI/NEC classification method consider this environment a Division 1 area. As a guide for Zone 0, this can be defined as over 1000 hours/year or >10% of the time.
A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only.
A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is likely to occur, occasionally, in normal operation.
A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is present continuously, or for long periods or frequently.
ANSI/NFPA/NEC Areas Description
Class 1, Div. 1 – Where ignitable concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or liquids are present continuously or frequently within the atmosphere under normal operation conditions.
Class 1, Div. 2 – Where ignitable concentrations of flammable gases, vapors, or liquids are present within the atmosphere under abnormal operating conditions.
Class 2, Div. 1 – Where ignitable concentrations of combustible dusts are present within the atmosphere under normal operation conditions.
Class 2, Div. 2 – Where ignitable concentrations of combustible dust are present within the atmosphere under abnormal operating conditions.
Class 3, Div. 1 – Where easily ignitable fibers or materials producing combustible flyings are present within the atmosphere under normal operation conditions.
Class 3, Div. 2 – Where easily ignitable fibers or materials producing combustible flyings are present within the atmosphere under abnormal operating conditions.
Class 1 Areas: Group A: Acetylene / Group B: Hydrogen / Group C: Propane and Ethylene / Group D: Benzene, Butane, Methane & Propane
Class 2 Areas: Group E: Metal Dust / Group F: Carbon & Charcoal / Group G: Flour, Starch, Wood & Plastic
Class 3 Areas: NO GROUP: Cotton and sawdust
With these types of residential and job site industrial lighting options, you can shop for the perfect kind needed for your home and job site to provide safe, reliable light in a durable format.
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