HMI Lighting on Set and Why it Needs to Change (Article)

Hydrargyrum medium-arc iodide (HMI) lamps are the current standard for lights in the film industry. They are very powerful luminaries that can easily illuminate dark sets, and are capable of outshining traditional fixtures, such as fluorescent lamps and tungsten lights. Unfortunately, HMIs are also staggeringly expensive and fragile, making them a liability during filming.

Posted on: 27 February 2017 | 8:52 am

Application of LEDs in Wastewater Treatment Plants (Article)

Wastewater treatment plants are prone to explosive risks due to the presence of volatile, flammable compounds inside the building. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has highlighted the dangers of such hazardous environments through a federal safety investigation of a Canastota wastewater plant.

Posted on: 27 February 2017 | 8:44 am

The Science Behind Hunting Coyotes Using Red Spotlights (Article)

Hunting nocturnal animals, such as coyotes and wild hogs, call for unique practices that expose the natural weakness of nighttime creatures. One of these practices involves the use of red spotlights to target animals that are color blind, dichromatic or have poor eyesight. The application of this technique strongly relies on the hunter’s knowledge in light manipulation and various degrees of color perception displayed by the nocturnal creatures.

Posted on: 24 February 2017 | 9:55 am

Glass and UV-Passing Acrylic Lens in UV Light Applications (Article)

Glass and UV-passing acrylic lenses play an important role in ultraviolet (UV) lighting. Both are applied to control the transmission of specific wavelengths from the fixture to the target area. When used for windows, the panels offer protection from harmful UV bands.

Posted on: 24 February 2017 | 9:49 am

Explosion Proof Lights and Hot Environments (Article)

Fixtures that are exposed to high ambient temperatures are prone to failure and malfunction. In industrial facilities with high lighting consumption rates, this is can be a complex issue to address, especially in hazardous locations where explosive dust and vapors are present. As a solution, establishments may apply explosion proof metal halide and incandescent fixtures with external ballasts.

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 8:52 am

Near-field Goniophotometer vs Integrated Sphere System (Article)

This article aims to compare the uses, advantages and suitability of both measuring tools. One can also find recommendations for committing to a specific instrument based on the accuracy of results generated by both devices (separately).

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 8:41 am

Purposes for IR 1550 (Article)

Infrared (IR) has been around for almost two centuries. It was first discovered by Sir William Herschel in the 1800s. The invisible wavelength is relevant to everyday living, since many scientists believe that over 50 percent of the Sun’s energy that makes it to Earth arrives in the form of IR.

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 9:06 am

When are Oil Wells an Explosive Hazard? (Article)

Contrary to popular belief, an oil well can be an explosive hazard even when it is not in operation (pumping steady). An EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics cited that the oil and gas sector experiences the most deaths from fires and explosions, compared to other private industries.

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 8:54 am

Replacing Standard T12 Fixtures with LEDs (Article)

Incandescent T12 bulbs are being phased out on a federal level by the US Department of Energy. The agency implemented a restriction on the manufacturing and importing of inefficient T12 lamps of various models and sizes, such as standard four-foot T12 units, eight-foot variants and two-foot models typically found in commercial establishments.

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | 10:44 am

Industrial LEDs for Oil and Gas Drilling Applications (Article)

Oil and gas facilities present several unique challenges for industrial lighting manufacturers. This article provides an overview of the types of LED lights used on drilling sites, specific safety regulations that prevent fixture degradation, and long-term factors that affect maintenance and operational costs.

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | 10:36 am

Explosion Proof Lights: Glass vs. Plastic (Article)

Explosion proof lights are designed to keep hazardous work environments safe and secure. In addition to providing adequate visibility in dark areas, such products actively prevent sparks or ignitions that can cause explosions. The lighting solution can be found in establishments that deal with explosive gases such as food processing plants, offshore lighting, paint spray booths and marine work areas.

Posted on: 20 February 2017 | 8:01 am

Importance of Green Lenses in Fishing Lights (Article)

Green lenses and lights are used after sunset to increase fishing activity in the water. Without the robust lighting accessories, one would be left to fish in overwhelming mystery and darkness.

Posted on: 20 February 2017 | 7:51 am

Replacing PAR 38 Bulbs with LEDs (Article)

Eave mount lights are found around homes and businesses for security lighting. The fixtures are typically installed in the part of the roof that meets or overhangs the walls of the building. Because they are considered to be one of the most used exterior lights in a busy facility, it is important to keep the units working efficiently, in order to reduce the possibility of break-ins from intruders.

Posted on: 17 February 2017 | 9:21 am

Class I, Division 1 Industrial Lights for THC Extraction Labs (Article)

The cannabis industry is growing at a rapid rate. According to a report published by Marijuana Business Daily, the emerging sector is forecasted to overtake craft beer and organic food products. With legalization gaining momentum, it could reach $44 billion by 2020. The study also pointed out that for every dollar spent on weed, the local economy gains three dollars.

Posted on: 17 February 2017 | 9:13 am

LED Applications for Oil and Gas Refining and Processing (Article)

Oil and gas processing facilities are unsafe due to the existence of hazardous compounds during operations. When addressing such issues, companies in the sector may deploy explosion proof lighting systems to prevent the ignition of sparks created from the electrical equipment.

Posted on: 16 February 2017 | 10:00 am

How to Choose the Correct GoLight (Article)

Golight features some of the most reliable lighting products available in the market today. The company’s offerings are ideal for the following sectors: marine, law enforcement, industrial and disaster operations. In order to get the most out of the fixtures, one must first understand the features of each model and its proper applications.

Posted on: 16 February 2017 | 9:50 am

What Role Does Green Light Play While Hunting Wild Pigs? (Article)

In nocturnal hunting and fishing sectors, green light is widely used to attract animals and marine life. The beam, which consists of wavelengths measuring approximately 510 nm, offers moderate penetration during nighttime conditions. Some animals, such as wild pigs, deer and other varmints, have a difficult time detecting green light.

Posted on: 15 February 2017 | 8:42 am

Closer Look at the Capacity of SLA Batteries and Solar Energy Systems (Article)

Sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries have a reputation for being durable when used to support portable electronic devices. They require minimal maintenance and offer leak-proof capabilities. But when used with solar energy systems, the units present issues that can hinder the potential and performance of the machines.

Posted on: 15 February 2017 | 8:29 am

What is the Difference Between A19 and A60? (Article)

Light bulbs come in different shapes and sizes. In order to find one that is suitable for your lamp or lighting system, it is important to understand how manufacturers classify such components. One of the most common types of mainstream bulbs is the A19. But there is also the A60, which in some ways is very similar to the A19. This article aims to demystify both types of light bulbs and provide information surrounding universal light bulb codes.

Posted on: 14 February 2017 | 9:32 am

Benefits of Explosion Proof Plugs and Cords (Article)

Hazardous locations, where combustible gases, vapors and dust are present, require explosion proof or intrinsically safe equipment to prevent catastrophic accidents. In addition to explosion proof fixtures, operators must use explosion proof extension cords and plugs for complete protection in the workplace.

Posted on: 14 February 2017 | 9:03 am

Boat LED Lights: Retrofit vs Replacing Lights in Marine Environments (Article)

These days, several lighting technologies are available for docks, boats, shipyards and other marine-based establishments. Some common options include incandescent bulbs, metal halide lamps, fluorescent luminaries and LEDs. Due to the corrosive nature of marine environments, most equipment that are used on or near bodies of water have a limited lifespan.

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 9:11 am

The Impact of Light Color on Productivity (Article)

According to a 1989 Louis Harris survey (the Steelcase Office Environment index), employees isolated eye strain problems as a leading health hazard in offices. Visual strain is closely linked with inadequate lighting systems and configurations at work. For businesses that are interested in boosting productivity, it is crucial to implement the right light color and color temperature rating in the workplace.

Posted on: 13 February 2017 | 9:01 am

Lighting Applications- Cool White vs Warm White (Article)

Color temperature ratings can be used to accentuate various characteristics of an environment. The practice was discovered in 1880s by William Kelvin, a British physicist. The researcher experimented with different color temperatures using a block of carbon that was heated at different settings. These days, Kelvin’s findings are being applied to improve and fine-tune lighting conditions in rooms and buildings.

Posted on: 10 February 2017 | 8:57 am

Nuclear Facility Lighting Recommendations and Guidelines (Article)

Nuclear power plants have very strict lighting requirements due to the delicate nature of work conducted in such facilities. Operators typically avoid experimental or untested luminary designs; and opt for traditional lighting options that have been tried and tested for safety and reliability.

Posted on: 10 February 2017 | 8:49 am

Surge Suppression in LED Lights (Article)

LEDs rely on a steady-state current to function optimally. Such luminaries utilize small components that actively monitors incoming currents to ensure the circuit does not get fried by an electrical surge.

Posted on: 9 February 2017 | 10:31 am