Notwithstanding adverse public perceptions of the profitability of the oil and gas industry, many companies in that industry operate on very thin margins. Like companies in all other industries, oil and gas production companies need to control and reduce costs to maintain cash flow and profits.
To accomplish this, a growing number of those companies are transitioning to LED industrial lighting fixtures to reduce utility and maintenance costs. LED fixtures also improve visibility in an oil and gas workplace environment and enhance safety and security while allowing operators to comply with regulatory requirements for lighting in hazardous areas.
Cost Savings and Environmental Considerations
Lighting costs in busy industrial environment comprise a large portion of that environment’s operating budget. An oil and gas company that transitions from traditional lighting to LED industrial lighting fixtures will reduce its electrical energy consumption and its utility costs by 50 per cent or more.
Further, LEDs will continue to provide high-quality levels of illumination for up to 50,000 hours of continuous operations. LED industrial lighting fixtures are also engineered to be more durable and resistant to the type of shocks and impacts that are common in oil and gas operations. This enhanced durability translates directly into reduced maintenance obligations and costs.
Lower energy consumption directly correlates with a reduced load on electrical utilities, which lowers the operator’s overall carbon footprint. When LED industrial lighting bulbs and fixtures are at the end of their useful lives, they can usually be recycled without any hazardous waste problems, as the materials used to construct them are not themselves hazardous.
LED industrial lighting generates high-quality workplace illumination with fewer shadows and dark spots. Better visibility improves employee productivity and reduces mistakes and accidents that can happen under poor lighting conditions.
LED industrial lighting can be tuned to generate light wavelengths that enhance employee alertness and decrease fatigue. Employees are also better able to distinguish fine details and color contrasts under LED industrial lighting, which further improves productivity and employee safety.
LED industrial lighting enhances safety in more ways than by just creating a better-illuminated environment. Oil and gas production facilities are frequently classified under OSHA standards as Class I hazardous environments, meaning that flammable vapors are expected to be present. Lighting in Class I hazardous environments must be engineered to maintain a separation between potential ignition sources, such as electrical sparks and hot surfaces, and those vapors.
LED industrial lighting fully satisfies this requirement. LED fixtures with stronger and more corrosion resistant materials will shield ignition sources from vapors, even when the fixtures are jarred or impacted by other equipment in the environment.
Unlike other fixtures that are prone to explosive failures, LED industrial lighting is virtually explosion-proof, which eliminates the risk that a catastrophic failure of a lighting fixture will start a fire at an oil and gas production facility. LED industrial lighting also operates at substantially lower physical temperatures than standard metal halide or high pressure sodium industrial fixtures, thus further reducing the ignition risk.
How to choose LED lights for industrial lighting?
Industrial lighting should ensure the comfort and safety of workers when certain illumination is achieved. Reasonable lighting balances the lighting level of the entire ground area and working surface.
The LED lamps produced by Qichen adopt reasonable and scientific light distribution design, with wide illumination range and uniform illumination; soft fiber and no glare, fully guarantee the safety and efficient production of workers.
LED light brightness is the user’s biggest concern, and brightness can be explained in two ways.
Luminance L: Luminous flux of the illuminant in a unit area of a solid angle unit in a specific direction. Unit: Candela (cd/m2).
Luminous flux φ: the sum of the amount of light emitted by the illuminator per second. Unit: Lumen (Lm), which indicates how much the illuminant emits light, and the more the illuminance, the larger the lumen number.
Usually LED lights are marked with luminous flux, the user can determine the brightness of the LED light according to the luminous flux. The higher the luminous flux, the higher the brightness of the lamp.
The luminous flux of LED lamps produced by Qichen can reach 120Lm//W, and the service life is up to 50000h. Under the premise of ensuring brightness, energy saving and environmental protection.
3, color temperature
Color temperature is a unit of measure that identifies the color of a light and is expressed as a K value. The yellow light is “below 3300k”, the white light is “5300k or more”, and the intermediate color is “3300k-5300k”.
Of course, the user can select a suitable color temperature according to the environment of the lighting application and the needs of the operator. LED lamps produced by Qichen can be matched with different color temperatures according to specific user requirements. The color temperature conventional selection range is 3000K – 6000K.
4, leakage current
The LED is a unidirectional conductive illuminator. If there is a reverse current, it is called leakage, and the LED with a large leakage current has a short life. The LED level leakage current produced by Qichen is controlled within 0.3A.
5, antistatic ability
LEDs with strong antistatic properties have a long life and are therefore expensive. Many fake and shoddy products on the market have done a very bad job on this item. This is also the root cause of the expected life expectancy and greatly shortened.
The LED lamps produced by Qichen have an insulation class of I and have good antistatic capability. It protects the luminaire from the damage caused by static electricity, which leads to the shortening of the life of the luminaire.
The key to different qualities is life, and life is determined by light decay.
The light decay is small and the life is long. The true quality LED lamp has achieved almost no light decay. This is the top level in the industry, and most LED lamp manufacturers in the industry can’t reach it.
The LED lamps produced by Qichen will pass the quality inspection of the quality inspection department! After testing, some of our products can achieve 3,000 hours of zero light decay, and the 30,000 hours of light decay is only 1%-3%; The light decay of the lamp for 3000 hours is more than 20%.
7, protection level
IP is the abbreviation of Ingress and Protection. The IP rating is the protection level for the invasion of foreign objects in the electrical equipment casing.
For example, explosion-proof electrical appliances, waterproof and dustproof electrical appliances, the source is the International Electrotechnical Commission standard IEC60529.
The degree of protection is often expressed in terms of IP followed by two numbers, which are used to clarify the level of protection.
The first number indicates the extent to which the equipment is resistant to dust, or the extent to which people are protected from damage in a sealed environment. Represents the level of prevention of the entry of solid foreign objects, the highest level is 6;
The second number indicates the degree to which the device is waterproof. Represents the level of water intake prevention, the highest level is 8.
Dust rating IPXX (first X)
1: Prevent large solid intrusion
2: Prevent medium-sized solids from invading
3: Prevent small solids from entering the intrusion
4: Prevent solid objects larger than 1mm from entering
5: Prevent harmful dust accumulation
6: Completely prevent dust from entering
Waterproof rating IPXX (second X)
1: Drops of water dripping into the casing have no effect
2: When the outer casing is tilted to 15 degrees, the drop of water drops into the outer casing has no effect.
3: Water or rain has no effect from the 60 degree corner to the outer casing
4: Liquid splashed from any direction to the shell without damage
5: Rinse with water without any damage
6: Can be used in the cabin environment
7: Resistant to water (1m) in a short time
8: Soaking water for a long time under a certain pressure