Explosion Proof Lights
A hazardous area is defined as a place where concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or dust occur. Electrical equipment that must be installed in such locations is specially designed and tested to ensure it does not initiate an explosion, due to arcing contacts or high surface temperature of the equipment. Explosion proof lighting refers to lighting fixtures that are able to contain sparks that could potentially ignite the flammable and explosive gases in the atmosphere. Explosion-proof lighting works by ensuring ignition of the flammable airborne specks in the fixture keeping the remains contained inside. In a typical lighting fixture, the contacts, bulb, wiring and switches are exposed to the atmosphere. Hazardous Area/Explosion Proof lights are extra durable fixtures designed specifically for the toughest environments. Explosion proof lighting is not necessarily the same as hazardous area lighting. These types of lights must be able to contain any explosion originating from within its housing to prevent ignition of vapors, gasses, dust or fibers in the area surrounding it.