World’s first industrial explosion proof lighting improves safety in high risk areas
1 JUNE 2021 – Hazardous area LED strip light specialist and largest trading partner of x-Glo Lighting, MineGlow, has launched the world’s first IECEx certified explosive proof LED strip lights in Oceania.
Reducing the risk of explosions in gas and oil rigs, coal mines and other industrial applications, the x-Glo IECEx range is purpose built for environments where fire or explosion hazards exist due to flammable gases or explosive substances such as vapours, mists or dusts.
The world-first LED strip light solution provides a high level of protection by encapsulating electrical ignitions inside the light.
MineGlow General Manager, Carinne Pater said the IECEx certified lighting improves health and safety by protecting workers from the risk of accidental ignitions of flammable or explosive materials.
“The best way to prevent explosions in high-risk industrial areas is to remove potential ignition sources,” Pater said.
“Lights are one of the most common causes of explosion ignition. Our solution minimises risk by isolating and containing sparks within the strip to prevent explosions from escaping and potentially igniting the gases and particles in the atmosphere.
“The low-profile of our lighting solution also means that they can’t be knocked and shatter. This greatly minimises the risk of an explosive reaction from spreading or igniting volatile substances in the area, so in terms of health and safety – the benefits are significant.”
The x-Glo explosive-proof LED solution is IECEx, ATEX and ROHS approved and certified for gas zones one and two, and dust zones twenty-one and twenty-two.
The lights are fully encapsulated with silicone, making them resistant to dust, humidity, chemicals and extreme environmental temperatures without enabling the risk of an explosion.
Pater said the LED-strip design offers considerable benefits over conventional lighting and other explosive proof products through its flexibility, efficiency, durability and ease of deployment.
“This range is unique as it combines IECEx certified protection and peace of mind with all the benefits of premium, industrial-grade LED strip lighting.
“Beyond energy efficiency alone, industrial-grade LED strip lighting is renowned for its flexibility to install quickly and easily in hard-to-reach places, is fully customisable in length and requires zero maintenance.
“Due to their flexibility, our lights are easy to install, which means they can be mounted to any surface – including curved surfaces and corners – to provide consistent lighting to illuminate large areas.
“A single strip of our lights runs up to 30 metres and can be powered with 24V, 36V or 48V (AC or DC), giving customers the option to choose the optimum level of illumination for their application.”
MineGlow’s explosive-proof range has a 50,000-hour lifespan and can provide a daylight spectrum light in white 6500K for continuous lighting in hazardous areas and red, amber and green for emergency directional lighting for illuminating escape routes.
Pater said LED explosion-proof lighting solutions are quickly becoming a safer, more cost efficient and sustainable long-term solution to alternative complex lighting infrastructures, especially in the Asia Pacific region.
“With the increasing regulations on worker safety globally, we’re seeing a lot of growth in the explosive-proof lighting market. It’s fantastic that we can provide a flexible LED strip lighting solution that’s truly unique and purpose-built for harsh conditions.”
Pater continued that the replacement of incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps has been continuing to grow with continuous improvement of diode technology that aids higher power LEDs with higher lumen output.
“Using high quality SMD LED chips, our explosive-proof range offers high brightness, colour consistency, uniformity and most importantly, high reliability,” she said.
An underground coal mine in Australia, offshore floating production storage and loading unit in Western Australia and a paint manufacturing plant in New South Wales have increased their operational efficiency and workplace safety, while reducing maintenance and operating costs, after adopting MineGlow’s x-Glo explosive-proof LED strip lights.
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