Safe working in marine and hazardous areas
Published: 27 January 2012 - Joe Bush
Chalmit has introduced a new floodlight combining maintenance-free LED technology and a self contained back-up battery, designed for use in Zone 1 hazardous areas and harsh marine environments. The Solas provides the same light output under normal or emergency conditions.
Traditionally, battery back-up emergency floodlights have been reserved for specific platform abandonment applications. The development of long life LEDs is proving to have a much wider appeal. Such floodlights can now be used for continuous operation under normal lighting conditions. The Solas is effectively maintenance-free offering over 60,000 hours of continuous operation. Another advantage of using LED technology is the efficient use of the light generated. The Solas has a high light output ratio resulting in over 4,000 lumens with minimal losses.
The luminaire is compliant with both ATEX and IEC Ex standards and is suitable for use in a wide range of ambient conditions from -55ºC to 55ºC.
In addition to normal emergency operation where the battery engages when the mains power goes off, the Solas can also be fitted with a remote inhibition switch. This enables the LEDs to remain de-energised (off) when the mains power fails. By operating the switch, the LEDs can be energised and run from the internal batteries. This gives instant illumination with 100% output. The use of remote switching thus ensures battery duration is maximised. This means the Solas is well suited to provide emergency escape lighting.