Using Inductive Fluorescent For Hazardous Area Lighting
What Could Be Better Than LED?
LED continues to grow as a great alternative for energy efficient lighting, especially in sensitive hazardous ares. But the prices of LED still remain quite high, so I wanted to introduce you to another option for lighting hazardous areas in your facility. While the LED is a great option it is by no means the only one.
LED tends to cost quite a bit more than standard lighting.
So what falls in between LED and regular lighting?
Hazardous Area Lighting: The Inductive Solution
In the same energy efficient line as the Mercmaster LED is the Mercmaster III. Same trusted and proven name, same rugged durability. The only difference is this version incorporates Inductive Fluorescent technology that opens a few more doors for us.
Applications for Inductive Hazardous Lighting
While the Inductive and LED lighting have similar applications, the Inductive version gives you a little more punch. While the LED version allows for replacement of fixtures up to 175WMH, the inductive version goes up to 165 watts allowing for the replacement of up to 250WMH fixtures.
We work in these areas quite often so we know that most of these lights are in less than ideal situations for maintenance. In fact in one facility, the lights were 60' off the floor above the manufacturing system, so there was no way to get a ladder up there. We had to install a special pulley system to each lighting fixture to lower it for maintenance.
The inductive version boasts a 100,000 hr. lamp life. Again, put that up to the 15,000 hr. of life you get from metal halide and it's easy to see maintenance on lighting will be drastically reduced. I have worked in hazardous areas and it's not the kind of place you want to spend your Saturday afternoons....trust me!
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