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Ken Eddleston talks to IP&E about the importance of transportable lighting, especially for
those operating in dangerous conditions
some of the most testing
circumstances in which to
operate. Clearly, the job
needs to get done, no matter what it is,
but the risks are high.
What many people underestimate is the
impact a good lighting strategy can
have on a company’s health and safety
record, sustainability credentials and
bottom line. Transportable lighting, in
particular, delivers a number of benefits
– not least, by allowing workers to
operate with precision and accuracy,
which is crucial in any harsh or
dangerous environment. Let’s consider
For those managing an industrial
working environment and those
operating within it, workplace safety has
to be the top priority, especially when
working in extreme conditions, such as
at an oil refinery or a chemical plant.
Worker safety must come first, even if it
has cost implications.
Now, everyone I speak to understands
the benefits of health and safety within
an organisation, yet many don’t
appreciate the benefits a well-organised
and clear lighting strategy – particularly
when it includes transportable lighting,
which can be unplugged and moved
As an example, imagine you are working
in a slippery fuel tank. It is vital that you
have sight of your surroundings, but it is
not always possible to have fixed ceiling
lighting. Having transportable lighting
available means the job can be
completed and the worker doesn’t have
to operate in dimly lit conditions.
Given that the majority of industrial tasks
are high-precision, such as quality
checks and reading gauge
measurements, it is imperative to give
your people the tools they need to
perform their roles to the best of their
ability. Dim lighting leads to errors and
could mean the health and safety of the
entire site is compromised.
Transportable lighting offers a solution.
Of course, transportable lighting must
be suited to the environment for which
it is intended. This might mean deciding
on lighting that can operate in dusty,
flammable or explosive environments.
LED lighting is the sensible choice,
given that it remains cool and operates
spark-free, ensuring that combustible
gases or dust won’t be ignited,
protecting the people and equipment
that surround it.
Importantly, transportable lighting also
supplies concentrated, targeted lighting,
which allows tasks to be carried out with
precision. As an example, Chalmit’s Luna
LED directs an output up to 5,600
lumens, and it is this kind of highly
directional, uniform lighting that creates
the necessary conditions to enable
workers to navigate hazardous settings
and operate effectively.
Many of the more proactive
organisations I speak to also implement
transportable lighting to boost their
sustainability credentials. Because the
light can be so precise and moved
around, when it is being used to carry
out a single, specific task, the lighting in
the rest of the facility does not need to
be turned on. This means that
companies can be much more
deliberate with their lighting, without
compromising on quality, and use less
electricity in the process.
As an additional bonus, working in this
way also limits the amount of unwanted
light pollution being generated.
Often, cost savings are intrinsically
linked to a company’s energy efficiency.
This is certainly the case for those using
transportable lighting in their facilities.
By having a light source that can be
moved around, the need for lighting in
the rest of the plant is reduced. Less
lighting means less electricity is used,
resulting in large cost savings.
In addition, transportable lighting boasts
an impressive lifespan, with some
products performing for more than 10
years. Given that lighting incurs ongoing
costs, in terms of repairs, maintenance
and replacements, using a high-performing,
long-lasting product makes
good business sense. So, by
implementing the right lighting strategy
that encompasses transportable
lighting, a company can significantly
boost its bottom line.
Ken Eddleston is senior lighting
specialist at Chalmit
For more information:
Tel: 0141 882 5555
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