Industrial plant lighting upgrade


Industrial plant lighting upgrade

Incandescent lighting

Incandescent lights are the ubiquitous screw-in bulbs you most likely have lighting your home. An incandescent bulb consists of a glass bulb with a tungsten filament in a near vacuum; just a small amount of argon or krypton is present. When current flows through the filament, it heats up and glows giving off both heat and light.

Halogen bulbs

A variation of the incandescent bulb is the halogen bulb. Halogen bulbs are more efficient than "regular" incandescent bulbs by virtue of remaining brighter longer; they still give off 95% of their initial light output at the end of their lives, which are about twice as long as regular incandescent bulbs. They are also more expensive.

Fluorescent lighting

Fluorescent lights are very common in our day to day lives. They are cheap to operate as they emit about four times as much light per unit of electricity as incandescent lights do. On the other hand they are more complicated to install because they require a ballast to operate. You may be familiar with the regular "cool white" and "warm white" tubes sold in hardware stores but what you may not know is that fluorescent tubes come in hundreds of shapes, sizes and spectral output.

HID Lamps

Now we're getting serious

HID or High Intensity Discharge are the big bright lamps you see in grocery stores, street lighting and industrial lighting. They can be very large and draw a lot of power. Indeed 2000 watt and 6000 watt lamps exist, however small ones, down to 70 watts are available.