For anyone who works in and around heavy machinery, industrial lighting is a major concern. The truth is, few lights can stand up to the demands placed on industrial machine lighting. Since 1988, one industrial lighting choice has stood out above other choices: the DUR-A-LITE. This light is designed to handle all the abuses endured by an industrial lamp mounted on a machine.
If you’re looking for industrial machine lighting for metal stamping presses, a lathe light, a mill light or any other machine light, consider these benefits of specially designed industrial machine lighting choices.
The Original Model
The original DUR-A-LITE consists of one, two or three LED lamps housed in a clear polycarbonate outer tube with sealed ends. The tube is shock resistant and fitted with anti-strobe ballast. The lamps are watertight and feature an oil-resistant power cord. The full-length aluminum backbone offers structural rigidity to stand up to the rigors of heavy industrial use. It’s available in a range of lengths and wattages, with and without a diffuser and with a variety of mounting options. It also offers three options for protective outer tubes.
The Tough-Shield is a virtually unbreakable outer tube enclosing and protecting the lamps. It’s the most basic option and is only recommended if the machine lights are not being used around lubricants, chemicals or hot chips.
The Chem-Shield outer tubes are recommended for applications where the lights may be exposed to chemicals and lubricants. The shield is resistant to most lubricants and many chemicals and is recommended for applications like CNC machines.
Industrial machine lights installed as mill lights and lathe lights, and on screw machines or other turning applications need extra protection from flying hot chips. The Chip-Shield is specially created to resist breakage and weakening from flying chips of metal and other materials.
This specialty light also comes with an optional diffuser, which helps spread the light along the entire length of the tube while reducing the likelihood of glare when you use the light near reflective surfaces.
The Right Mount Option
Choosing the proper mounting option for your application can enhance the machine lights you choose. Generally, your choices fall into two categories: fixed or temporary. Fixed industrial machine lighting is appropriate in situations where the need for light is constant. Temporary machine lights are appropriate in situations where the need for light in a particular area is intermittent, such as for maintenance or repair.
Direct mounts attach the light to a flat surface on the machine or wall, usually with screws or rivets. Direct mounted industrial machine lights are most appropriate for applications where the location and direction of illumination needed will remain constant.
Flexible direct mounts are ideal for applications where the general area that needs illumination remains constant, but the direction and intensity may vary depending on the work being done. The machine lights are mounted at the end of a flexible gooseneck that can be adjusted to direct the light precisely where the worker needs it to be.
Magnetic mounts are best for applications where there is a need for a portable light that can be attached quickly to a metal surface. They’re the perfect mounts for lighting used for maintenance and repair situations. Some may also have flexible necks to make them more useful.