In many different types of workplaces or equipment housing locations, particularly in confined spaces, there is a risk of the buildup of hazardous and explosive types of gas. These types of gases may be produced as a byproduct of a process, or they may be present if there is a leak or a malfunction in equipment or the system. In some types of processes, dust production and dust in the air can also create a risk of explosion and fire.
In these types of applications, having the light to see to fix the problem is essential, but turning on a standard type of light poses a very high risk of explosion. In these types of applications, explosion proof LED lights offer a safe, practical, and industry-standard solution.
There are some important things to know about explosion proof LED lights. Knowing these factors ensures the correct use of the lights and the choice of the right LED lights as required by OSHA.
Know the Explosion Risk
All explosion proof lights fall into different classes and divisions. This is based on the risk factor, including the types of combustible materials present, when those combustible materials are present and the normal operating conditions. Choosing the right Class and Division for the light is essential for safety.
The choice of explosion proof LED lights over fluorescent types of lights that may be safe to use in an explosion risk area includes the resistance of LED lights to breaking. While it is not impossible to break an LED light, they are significantly more durable than fluorescent or other types of lighting options.
These are also lights that can be selected for light intensity or lower lighting requirements. They also come in a variety of options from smaller lights for personal use to large floodlights for big area visibility.