Lighting Up Explosive Areas
Do you need lighting for places where there is potential for explosion, there are things you need to be extremely aware of. Things that will increase your safety. If you wonder which things? Read this blog post.
As we have written about in previous blog posts, LED lighting has many great advantages compared to traditional light sources, which EX areas can use to their advantages too. However, it’s extremely important that you choose them carefully, as otherwise it may have fatal consequences. This can be particularly relevant in offshore, oil-, mine- or other related industries. If we are looking world-wide, it is estimated that the global sales of LED lighting for these industries will explode to $ 248.1 million by 2020. We will give you an overview of what factors you should consider when choosing the right lighting.
What is the characteristics of EX areas?
EX areas goes under different names such as explosive areas or hazardous locations, which basically have the same meaning. These areas in which gases, vapors, mists or dust can form a potential explosion. It is categorized as an increased level of danger. Lighting can be a part of the process due to the strong heating, the light can trigger through eg. sparks and other tensions. It can cause damage to electrical applications, systems, or other technology. In worst cases it can lead to an explosion.
Are products EX or ATEX approved?
Lighting products designed to be installed on explosive areas must meet specific requirements, which can vary from region to region.
ATEX certification - stands for ATmosphére EXplosibles which is your assurance that the product meets the standard of lighting in dangerous locations. ATEX is mandatory in Europe.
IECEx certification - stands for International Electrotechnical Commission Explosive. The certification itself is very similar to ATEX, the big difference being that IECEx is well-seen in countries outside the EU.
Zone Classification and level of risks in EX areas
Potentially explosive areas are divided into 6 zones. Must be viewed in terms of duration and frequency when an explosion may occur.