New LED emergency floodlights for hazardous areas
Published: 22 August, 2011
The new HDL106E LED emergency floodlights will be launched at the prestigious Offshore Europe exhibition in Aberdeen by Hadar Lighting, part of the A-Belco Group.
Designed specifically for stairwells, muster areas, lifeboat stations and other critical zones in Zone 1 & 2 hazardous areas which require large amount of light when normal power supplies fail, the lights have just received third party certification through SIRA for both ATEX and IEC Ex applications, enabling the company to begin full scale production to fulfil pre-registered orders.
Weighing just 9 kgs, the units can be set up in single, double or even triple arrays with the amount of light generated able to be pre-set dependant on individual requirements.
Bill Armstrong, Hadar's Sales Director, explained the advantages of the lights. "The HDL106 has met with universal approval across a wide range of sectors, but in the offshore sector the lights have been particularly well received. Whilst in mainland installations these LED lights very quickly pay for themselves through low maintenance and power requirements, in offshore emergency situations the important criteria is not necessarily the cost of running, but rather the minimal draw of power in a situation where a finite supply of power is available.
"In addition, as the amount of equipment on rigs increases, so does the light required on increasingly cluttered decks. More lights normally require more power which isn't always easy to arrange, especially on older rigs, so the huge advantage of all LED floodlights, whether for normal operations or emergency situations, is that engineers can produce more light, with less power and without the need for costly re-wires. They are easy to fit, cheap to run, very rugged, give off a fantastic white light, and are instantly on or off with no warm up period.
"This emergency version has been developed due to customer demand for similar lights for muster stations and emergency escape routes - the battery can be pre-set to give light from 90 minutes to six hours by activating different numbers of the integral LEDs - a feature which is obviously impossible for traditional luminaries.
"The lights are for 'fit and forget' situations where conventional battery powered luminaries would not last - they're lightweight and can handle the vibrations on offshore platforms, rigs and marine vessels which necessitate constant maintenance for traditional emergency lighting."
The first orders for the new units are already being assembled for Hadar's Middle Eastern distributor, Daly Fluid Technologies.