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A Safety-Centered Approach To Industrial Lighting

By Boris Viner, Humatrack SafeLight |

The use of appropriate hazardous-area lighting in the chemical process industries (CPI) is a key factor when it comes to improving overall plant safety and worker productivity, and supporting the best maintenance practices. The potentially hazardous conditions associated with many industrial settings place high demands on the lighting fixtures, and it is essential that pathways, walkways and stairways in multi-level platforms or facilities be properly illuminated. This article discusses the importance of using the most effective lighting practices in hazardous environments, and presents a conceptually new lighting approach — dubbed safety-centered lighting — that seeks to help facility operators choose and install the best hazardous-area lighting throughout the facility by combining knowledge of human physiology with the latest advances in lighting technologies, area-illumination techniques and installation practices. Today’s lighting fixtures based on light-emitting-diode (LED) technology offer significant improvements over conventional options for hazardous-area lighting such as incandescent, fluorescent or high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps. As discussed below, LED fixtures can provide direct improvements in overall…
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