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Paint Booth Lighting – Explosion Proof Light Fixtures

Maes Lighting specializes in explosion proof lighting that is used for commercial Paint         Booth Applications.  The IR4- Class 1 Division 1 T8 or T5 is used for inside paint booths to give maximum protection.   These lights are supplied with mounting brackets and 850K lamps included in the price.   We have several different versions to choose from:  IR4- 2 lamp, IR4 – 4 lamp in T5 and T8.   We also have these in LED versions.   We have a new version that is the only one on the market that we are aware of.   It is a 2 tube 4 lamp – class 1 division 1  4ft. fixture.   This gives the same amount of light output at the 4 lamp 4 tube light but at about half the price.   Please let us help you with your lighting layout and supply needs.

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Lighting the Wet Areas of Your Business

wet_location_emergencyWithin every building, there are rooms designed for all sorts of purposes.  Some are used to work in, some are made to cook in, and some are designed for your entire company to gather. One term used to define the specific use of several areas in your building is “wet area.”

A wet area is a space that is supplied with water, such as a kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.  While offering great comfort and convenience to your place of business, they must also be designed in a way that keeps them safe for both you and the environment. These design details include several different factors, including making sure that your wet areas are large enough to perform all of their functions, have waterproof flooring, and adequate ventilation.

One important, and often overlooked, detail in designing your wet area is the lighting.  Wet area lighting serves two major purposes.  The first is safety.  Wet areas must be properly lit so that the people who use them are made aware of any dangerous objects or obstacles.  The second major purpose is convenience.  While stumbling around in a poorly lit, wet area can be inherently dangerous; it also makes it extremely difficult for the occupant to complete any of their tasks.  Wet area lighting must do all this in a climate that is different from every other area of the house.

In order to accomplish these two purposes, wet area lighting needs to work together with any natural lighting in order to make sure that all surfaces are illuminated as well as the room occupant.  It is important that surfaces are illuminated without any shadow.

Another important consideration with wet lighting is that the lighting instrument needs to be durable against damp conditions.  A wet area is, or necessity, often filled with water and it is extremely common for wet area lighting fixtures to be exposed to moisture.

One final consideration when choosing wet area lighting is to make sure the lighting fixture does not allow any moist air to travel into tight spaces.  This means that you need to have lighting that is close fitting to the surrounding walls/features or does not create any concealed spaces. This will help reduce the amount of unhealthy mold or fungus that grows within the wet area.

Many lighting companies offer lighting bulbs and instruments that have a special wet-location rating or grading.  When looking into purchasing lighting for your wet areas, take a look at the lights that have been specifically designed to add security and comfort to these areas of your building.

Making the Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Energy-efficient-light-300x300In today’s economy, every penny saved can be a huge asset to a business owner.  While there are many different ways to save money in your business, one great and easy way is to upgrade your building with energy-efficient materials.

Updating your lighting fixtures is an easy first step.  For many commercial businesses, lighting costs can account for up to 35% of your energy bill.  By making a few upgrades and installing energy-efficient features, you can seriously reduce the amount of money you are spending on your energy bill.

When you are beginning your transition to energy efficient-lighting, it’s important to take into consideration the different types of lighting in your building and which ones are using the most amount of energy.  The most common types of lighting fixtures in commercial buildings are fluorescent fixtures (which give general, ambient lighting), high-bay fluorescents (for ceilings higher than 15 feet), recessed downlights (for either ambient or accent lighting), wall sconces (accent lighting generally used in hallways), track lighting (for highlighting products or features), exterior wall-mount fixtures (to provide safety lighting on walkways or buildings), and outdoor security lighting.

Of course, not every energy efficient bulb is the same.  There are different types of bulbs that offer different types of savings.  Traditional incandescent bulbs are considered inefficient because they use a large amount of energy to produce light – and a large amount of that energy is lost as heat.  All energy efficient bulbs work to provide the same amount of light with less energy, thus helping reduce your energy costs.

Some popular energy-efficient light bulb choices include energy saving (or halogen) incandescent (which give you about a 25% energy savings), compact fluorescents lamps (CFLs – about 75% savings), and LED lighting (about 75-80% savings).  Each of these different bulbs vary in the strength of light they can emit, their enduring power, and their overall costs. The right light choice will depend the type of lighting you are using (i.e. a high-bay fluorescent will need a different bulb than your track lighting).  Talk to your commercial lighting expert to explore the different energy-efficient bulb options that are available for the type of lighting used in your business.

What is Explosion Proof Lighting? Why is it Necessary?

Explosion-Proof-Lighting-300x168The National Electric Code (NEC) written by The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that all lighting used in a “hazardous location” needs to be explosion proof.

A hazardous location is defined as any location where there are high enough concentrations of combustible particles in the air to cause a fire or explosion.  These combustible materials include, but are not limited to, gasses, liquids, dust, and some fibers.  Whenever any of these hazards are present, workers must use specially-designed equipment to reduce the chance of igniting any of these flammable materials.

Two types of fixtures are certified for use in hazardous locations, explosion-proof lights and intrinsically safe fixtures.  Explosion-proof light fixtures work by ensuring any ignition of the flammable airborne particulates in the fixture housing remains contained inside the fixture. Keeping this ignition from extending to the environment outside of the fixture prevents what could potentially be a large explosion.  Intrinsically safe fixtures are incredibly low powered and are not capable of producing sufficient spark or heat to ignite the flammable particulates.

In a standard light fixture, the bulb, contacts, wiring, and any switches are all directly exposed to the local atmosphere. The spark from a loose contact or the movement of the switch, and even the heat of the bulb can be enough to ignite a flammable atmosphere.  In an explosion proof light fixture, any explosions that may occur are contained inside the fixture.

Some people assume that these fixtures work by having an airtight seal around the bulb and any switches so as to not allow the flammable particulates to become exposed to heat or a spark.  This is not correct.  More accurately, the fixture allows for a small amount of air to circulate within the fixture, and should the flammable particulates ignite, the fixture is shaped in such a way that it will completely contain the flame within the fixture housing.

The type of lights needed in a hazardous environment is determined by the type of potentially flammable materials that will be in the air in the location where the fixtures are to be used.  According to OSHA, there are 3 classes, or types of hazardous locations, locations, listed.

Class I Flammable gasses or vapor are present

Class II Combustible dust

Class III Fibers or other airborne flammable materials

In addition to the three classes, each class is broken down into two divisions.  Division 1 is considered normal plant conditions and Division 2 is for abnormal plant conditions.  In order to create the safest possible environment, it is very important to use the correct light for the correct location and division.  Using the wrong light could be a disastrous mistake.

The Basics of LED and Fluorescent Lighting

Fluorescent-Lighting-300x200It seems that everybody is looking for ways to cut costs these days.  When every penny counts, using the most efficient tools available can lead to significant long-term savings.  One easy way to save money on energy bills is to switch out your incandescent lights for more energy efficient LED or fluorescent bulbs.  While the upfront cost is higher, what you save on power in the long run may very well be worth it.  Here are a few quick facts about LED and fluorescent lights.

Definition

LED lights are Light Emitting Diodes.  These are found as single diodes like in a small flashlight or light on a keychain, or several diodes can be bunched together in a light bulb.  Fluorescent lighting comes in two types; fluorescent tubes and CFLs or compact fluorescent lights, which are a more traditional light-bulb shape that fit in fixtures that have traditionally used incandescent bulbs.

Lifespan

LED lights can last upwards of 60,000 hours.  In an office setting, with a light on for 9 hours a day, that is a whopping 22 years of life. When the bulb is used at home for an average of 3-5 hours of light every day, it would be more than 35 years before the lifespan is met.  CFL lights last closer to 10,000 hours, which equates to about 3-4 years in the office or around 6 years at home.

Energy Consumption

The wattage of LED lights is significantly less than fluorescent bulbs.  For the same lumens of light, LEDs use about half the electricity of fluorescent bulbs and about one tenth of the incandescent bulb.  Choosing either of these options over traditional incandescent bulbs can lead to significant savings on your light bill.

Lighting Ability

LED lights work better for directional lighting and fluorescent lights are better for all around lighting.  Recently the LEDs are beginning to gain ground in all around lighting by putting reflectors inside the bulbs.  Because LED lights are dimmer than CFLs, you’ll need more of them to achieve the same level of lighting in your room.

Environmental Impact

Compact fluorescent lights contain a small amount of mercury.  If these ever break, extra care and caution needs to be taken in cleaning and disposing of the light.  LED lights contain no mercury, which may make them safer in areas where the lights are likely to be broken.

Upgrading

In recent years, municipalities and power companies have offered different types of rebates to those looking to save energy by retrofitting the lights in their home or office, which reduces the upfront cost of making the switch.

Even without rebates, fluorescent and LED are still a good investment for the long term.  The overall savings resulting from your investment will be ultimately determined by how many hours per day the lights are on.  The longer your lights stay on at your facilities, the more it makes sense to retrofit them, especially if you’re using older, inefficient lighting that burns through a lot of electricity.

IR7 – 4 foot 4 lamp T5HO Fluorescent Class 1 Division 2 Lighting

The MAES Lighting version of the Hazardous Location High Bay is a very economical light that meets the needs of projects around the US and Canada.  They are UL-C classified which rates them for Canada as well as the US.  The main uses for these lights are:  industrial applications, Oil / Gas storage areas, Chemical Storage areas, Natural Gas Transfer Pumping Stations, ect.

They are made from high grade sheet metal with poly carbonate lenses.  Come with stainless latches and are supplied with T5HO lamps included in the $435 price.  They are also classified for class 2 division 2.  Which is good for dust environments.

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   IR7 – 4 lamp T5HO class 1 division 2 high bay fluorescent

Class 1 Division 2 – IR3 T5HO Fluorescent Lighting from Maes Lighting

Our most popular light is the IR3 class 1 division 2 light.  This light is used for many applications from:  chemical storage areas, oil rigs, gas pipeline compressor rooms, ect.    The IR3 4ft. T5HO and T8 versions are priced the same at $310 each.  This is a very economical version of a classified light.  They are made of aluminum body with poly lens.  They are equipped with swivel brackets and come with 850 lamps. Please call or email us for any additional information on this light.

Hazardous Location Lighting Requirements

Hazardous Location Lighting Requirements

Class I Locations

According to the NEC, there are three types of hazardous locations. The first type of hazard is one which is created by the presence of flammable gases or vapors in the air, such as natural gas or gasoline vapor. When these materials are found in the atmosphere, a potential for explosion exists, which could be ignited if an electrical or other source of ignition is present. The Code writers have referred to this first type of hazard as Class I. So, a Class I Hazardous Location is one in which flammable gases or vapors may be present in the air in sufficient quantities to be explosive or ignitable. Some typical Class I locations are:

  • Petroleum refineries, and gasoline storage and dispensing areas;
  • Dry cleaning plants where vapors from cleaning fluids can be present;
  • Spray finishing areas;
  • Aircraft hangars and fuel servicing areas; and
  • Utility gas plants, and operations involving storage and handling of liquified petroleum gas or natural gas.
  • All of these are Class I . . . gas or vapor . . . hazardous locations. All require special Class I hazardous location equipment.

Class II Locations

The second type of hazard listed by the National Electrical Code are those areas made hazardous by the presence of combustible dust. These are referred to in the Code as “Class II Locations.” Finely pulverized material, suspended in the atmosphere, can cause as powerful an explosion as one occurring at a petroleum refinery. Some typical Class II locations are:

  • Grain elevators;
  • Flour and feed mills;
  • Plants that manufacture, use or store magnesium or aluminum powders;
  • Producers of plastics, medicines and fireworks;
  • Producers of starch or candies;
  • Spice-grinding plants, sugar plants and cocoa plants; and
  • Coal preparation plants and other carbon handling or processing areas.

Class III Locations

Class III hazardous locations, according to the NEC, are areas where there are easily-ignitable fibers or flyings present, due to the types of materials being handled, stored, or processed. The fibers and flyings are not likely to be suspended in the air, but can collect around machinery or on lighting fixtures and where heat, a spark or hot metal can ignite them. Some typical Class III locations are:

  • Textile mills, cotton gins;
  • Cotton seed mills, flax processing plants; and
  • Plants that shape, pulverize or cut wood and create sawdust or flyings.

The Code writers have designated these two kinds of conditions very simply, as Division 1 – normal and Division 2 – abnormal. Class I, Class II and Class III hazardous locations can be either Division 1 or Division 2.

Good examples of Class I, Division 1 locations would be the areas near open dome loading facilities or adjacent to relief valves in a petroleum refinery, because the hazardous material would be present during normal plant operations.

Closed storage drums containing flammable liquids in an inside storage room would not normally allow the hazardous vapors to escape into the atmosphere. But, what happens if one of the containers is leaking? You’ve got a Division 2 -abnormal – condition . . . a Class I, Division 2 hazardous location.

So far we’ve covered the three types of hazardous locations:

Class I – gas or vapor

Class II – dust, and

Class III – fibers and flyings.

And secondly, kinds of conditions:

Division 1 – normal conditions, and

Division 2 – abnormal conditions.

Fluorescent Explosion Proof Lights

Fluorescent Explosion Proof Lighting has been the staple for hazard area lighting for about 20 years.  This lighting has proven to be very successful and hold up to the demands of the environments. Our versions of these lights are IR1, IR3, IR4.  They are all very good lights to be used in Hazardous locations and Explosion Proof environments.

Explosion Proof LED Lights

We supply Explosion Proof and Hazardous location LED lighting.  This lighting has emerged as a new technology to help the oil and gas industry in cold climates.  The quick start of the LED gives the needed light plus is more durable.  If you need more information on our LED Explosion Proof IR4 or Hazardous Location IR3 give us a call or look at our site. maeslighting.com.

LED Class 1 Division 2 Lights used for Cold Area Oil Field Rigs

We supply our IR3 LED class 1 div 2 lights for use in the oil and gas industry.  These lights work great in the cold tempertures of Alaska and Canada.  They give a sufficient amount of light but less compared to HID and Fluorescents.  But use alot less energy.   We have several new versions coming so keep posted on them.

About Commercial Fluorescent Lighting

Are you going crazy over your monthly electricity bills? No matter how much you try to save, are the bills still burning a hole in your pocket? Then it is time to switch to more efficient lighting systems. Usually at homes, the most essential electrical devices are lighting devices and temperature control devices, and it is the lightings that are mostly used. Most of the time energy efficiency of lights are ignored, and however, they are the most used. Most Commercial Fluorescent Lighting systems uses energy efficient lamps over incandescent lamps to help save power.

Fluorescent versus Incandescent

It is true that still now, bulbs are the cheapest lighting devices, but however, they are not the most efficient. An incandescent lamp lights up when the tungsten filament inside is heated up. Now, the filament is to thin and it is relatively long, and therefore, it offers a lot of resistance to the current that passes through it. This heat up the filament to such an extent that it is illuminated. A lot of energy is incandescent lamps are wasted in form of heat.

Commercial Fluorescent Lighting works differently. It contains a glass tube with a phosphor coating in the inside. The glass tube contains mercury vapour at a very low pressure. When electricity is passed through the vapour, the mercury vapour gets excited and it produces short wave ultra violet waves. This produces fluorescence in the phosphor coating and therefore it makes the tube glow. A Commercial Fluorescent Lighting device produces 500K light and is very efficient.

Other parameters

Incandescent light, which are the only economic alternative to fluorescent lamps have a few advantages over fluorescent lamps. First of all, it is much cheaper. Also, as the construct of the incandescent lamps are simpler, they are obviously cheaper. Also, installation is easier. They produce light at voltages much below the rated voltage. They are more environment friendly.

Fluorescent lamps, on the other hand are expensive, but more economic in the long run, as they are energy efficient. They are also more effective in illuminating large areas. They are less prone to damage in case of over voltages. They need a starter and a ballast to start unlike a bulb. Commercial Fluorescent Lighting might be expensive, but they are the best alternative to bulb in case of home lighting.

Usage Of High Bay Fluorescent Lighting Growing Fast

Fluorescent or the High bay fluorescent lighting is an innovative technology. It has a very efficient technology serving the purpose of the most cost minimizing product in the market meant for industrial lighting. The T5 light as opposed to the T8 light or metal halide bangs the cost in terms of usage. This is applied for High bay fluorescent lighting and for explosive proof lighting. The use of this light is still in even when LED is emerging into this business. Though LED technology is included in it and they are being supplied according to the requirement of the buyers. According to people LED serves the purpose but the first preference of people is the T5 lights.

Fluorescent or High bay fluorescent lighting includes T5 and T8 fluorescent bay lighting, Fluorescent light fixtures, Vapor tight light fixtures, Office Troffers, Grow Light etc.

  • T5 and T8 FLUORESCENT BAY LIGHTING: This is the most common version of bay lighting with 95% of mirror reflectors.  It is available in 5000K bulbs/ w, 6 foot chord and hanging gear.
  • T8 and T5: This is an enclosed back style high bay light. It is sturdy enough with hinged ballast compartments for easy access. The lights consists of 95% of micro reflectors and 5000K bulbs.
  • VAPOR TIGHT AND WET AREA FLUORESCENT LIGHTS: This is 4 ftlight meant for wet areas having clear lens.
  • PARABOLIC FLUORESCENT LIGTH TROFFER: This is a kind of light fixture with 2×4- 18 cells only meant for office space.
  • SURFACE MOUNTED FLUORESCENT LIGHT TROFFER: This kind of lighting is also used for office buildings. It has 2 to 4 lamp versions with size 2×4.
  • COMMERCIAL FLUORESCENT LIGHT TASK LIGHT: It has 4ft. and 8ft. versions t5 style. This has 120/ 227 volts having 5 year guarantee.
  • LOW PROFILE-INDIRECT LAST LAYINS FOR OFFICES: It has T5 and T8 version. These lights are stylish enough for office use as well as it provides real good quality of light. It has various versions 2×2 to 2×4.
  • T8 FLUORESCENT COMMERCIAL WRAPS: This has 2 ft. 2 lamp versions and 4ft. 2 and 3 lamp versions. High bay fluorescent lighting is quite economical to use for portable buildings and enclosures etc.
  • CHANNEL LIGHTING: These are commercial lighting strips. This is very economical for industrial lighting.
  • RECESSED GRID FLUORESCENT LIGHTING TROFFERS: This is especially meant for standard T bar ceiling as in office purpose.

LED – The new trend for Explosion Proof lights in the Oil / Gas industry

We are seeing the new trends in the oil and gas industry go toward the new T8 LED tube lights and the LED floods.  This trend is primarily being seen in the cold weather climates of the Canadian Oil Sands projects and the Oil fields of Wyoming and Utah area.  They will work in -15 degree Celcius tempertures and much more responsive than the fluorescents or Metal Halides.  We supply a wide range of Class 1 division 1 and division 2 lights to meet the needs of this new demand.  Please contact MAES Lighting to let us help with your lighting needs.

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