Much higher requirements are imposed on lighting on cranes than on general industrial lighting. Since its inception, Yourlight has specialized in lighting solutions specifically for construction crane lighting.
8 reasons to replace the lights on your cranes now
Cost and energy savings
Less maintenance and en more reliable
Direct on full power
Better light: increase labor productivity
Better light: increasing safety
1. Cost and energy savings
Whether it concerns harbor cranes, overhead cranes, gantry cranes, or construction cranes, all these cranes are usually equipped with relatively large and heavy luminaires that consume a high wattage of electricity. Mostly 400 W High-Pressure Sodium (SON / NAV) or Metal Halogen (HPI / HQI), but just as often 1000W or in some cases, even 2000W occurs. With modern LED lighting, huge savings can be realized on the energy consumption of the lighting and thus on the costs.
LED lighting often saves more than 50% of electricity compared to conventional light sources.
2. Less maintenance and more reliable
In addition to cost savings, maintenance and reliability are perhaps even more important arguments for switching to the high-quality and reliable LED luminaires from Yourlight. Because a crane that has to run at night and the lighting does not work, cannot be productive and that really costs a lot of money. Because taps always vibrate when they are operative, it often happens that vulnerable gas discharge light sources vibrate, even before they reach the end of their life. Then they must be replaced with all the costs and hassles it might take. Especially for taps that are in the outdoor area, it is quite a hassle to replace light sources in bad weather and often at high altitudes. On many cranes, you simply do not get along easily. Apart from the costs of renting a platform, you have to deal with the costs of wages. Luminaires on faucets in the outdoor area are often difficult to open for changing a light source because the screws are stuck due to corrosion. This is particularly the case with harbor cranes that are near the sea and have to deal with saline conditions. If then a ballast is broken and needs to be replaced, that can be a considerable task. Replacing lamps in a luminaire at height often costs a lot of time and therefore money.
LED luminaires from Yourlight require no maintenance, are extremely robust, vibration-resistant and seaworthy, which saves considerably on maintenance costs and guarantees reliability. Click here for more info.
Gas discharge light sources, which are almost always used on cranes, such as High-Pressure Sodium (SON / NAV) or Metal Halogen (HPI / HQI), usually need about 10 minutes to burn at full power. They warm up slowly, as it were. This is unpleasant for the crane operator who wants to start immediately. What is even more annoying with this kind of lamps is that if the current is interrupted briefly, it often takes less than fifteen minutes before the lights go on again. And then it also takes a while before they burn again at full power. In this time, the crane is not productive in the dark. Besides frustration for the crane operator, this simply costs money.
The LED luminaires of Yourlight start immediately and are at full strength within a second. After a power cut, they immediately switch back to 100%. Product loss is thus a thing of the past.
Meanwhile, everyone is convinced that it is important to save energy to reduce CO2 emissions in order to reduce climate change and protect the planet. This has led, among other things, that many companies impose sustainability targets themselves.
Lighting solutions from Yourlight contribute directly to the sustainability objectives of our customers.
5. Stricter government requirements and sanctions
In line with the sustainability objective that companies impose on themselves because they want to take responsibility and want to contribute to a better environment, you see that worldwide governments are imposing ever stricter requirements on CO2 reduction. In line with, inter alia, the Paris climate agreement, you see that governments not only impose stricter requirements on companies, the sanctions are also being imposed ever higher and faster.
Many local authorities, such as municipalities, require owners and users to replace lighting in their company and car terrain with the energy-saving alternatives. If an adjustment is not made, an environmental permit can, for example, be refused or withdrawn, or a fine may apply.
In order to meet the requirements, avoid sanctions and be ready for the future, switching to energy-saving lighting of Yourlight is the best solution.
Many scientific studies have shown that better visibility leads to an increase in labor productivity. People see their work better and therefore work faster. It has also been demonstrated that people with higher light quality and therefore better vision, make fewer mistakes.
In order to determine the quality of light, the Color Rendering Index (CRI) is particularly important. The correct color temperature (K) also influences light quality and important in industrial environments.
The luminaires that are part of the (industrial) lighting solutions of Yourlight all have a CRI of Ra> 80. Depending on the application and in consultation with the customer, we deliver the optimal color temperature. For more information click here.
Conventional gas discharge light sources, such as High-Pressure Sodium (SON / NAV) or Metal Halogen (HPI / HQI), usually have a reflector. The special (harbor) crane fittings of Yourlight are equipped with a (prismatic) lens. The big advantage of this is that the light is very accurately projected by using lenses. In the case of lighting on, for example, a container crane (STS / QC), the light, especially in the new Super Panamax cranes, which often have a beam at a height of more than 60 m, must bridge a distance to the deepest hold of the ship. sometimes 100m. For this, you need very narrow radiant fixtures. However, if a ship is fully stacked, the upper containers can come close to the main girder. In this place the crane operator needs luminaires that radiate very wide, otherwise, you get all spots on the containers and he can not do his job well.
Yourlight has optimum lighting solutions to adequately cope with such problems, so crane operators always have an optimal view of their work, whether on the crane or elsewhere behind a terminal.
7. Better light increases safety
On faucets, a good light level and good light quality are very important for safety. People working on or in the vicinity of cranes always run the risk of being hit by the crane or the load. Scientific studies have shown that better light leads to safer working conditions. On and around cranes there is always an interaction between man and machine. Then it is important that visibility is good. Wearing a safety helmet, shoes and a jacket have been mandatory in the vicinity of cranes and business terrains for a long time now. However, often there is no safe lightlevel.
On many cranes, where old conventional lighting still hangs, the light level when purchasing this lighting was adequate. However, the light output of the lamps decreases over the years. In the case of gas discharge lamps such as SON and HPI, this can go down to only 50% of the original light output. In addition, luminaires are contaminated by environmental contamination, such as rain, insects and salty air. Dust and dirt will burn into the reflector, which will turn brown and will no longer reflect properly and the cover glass will get dirty. Reasons that ensure that the efficiency of the fixture can decrease significantly.
The luminaires for (harbor) cranes that are part of the lighting solution from Yourlight are always dust and spraywater-proof (IP66 or IP67). In addition, the lenses that we use, or the cover window glass, are always made of tempered glass that has been made antistatic during the production process. As a result, unlike protective covers made of polycarbonate (PC) or polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), with which by far the most LED luminaires are fitted, it does not attract dust dirt in insects. This keeps our fixtures their high efficiency. In addition, we always use the most high-quality LEDs and electronic drivers from A-manufacturers. These LEDs only return about 20% in light output during their lifespan, which these manufacturers can also prove.
It is advisable that companies that want to create safe working conditions for their employees must comply with the European Standards in the field of lighting. For area lighting in the outdoor area, this is the EN 12464-2. Insurers also look strictly at the lighting conditions in the unfortunate case that there is a calamity with (human) damage. We are very well informed about the standards and can provide you with excellent advice in this area so that you offer your employees safe working conditions and also meet the requirements of insurers.
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8. Business continuity
Partly because governments no longer allow certain light sources, such as mercury vapor lamps (HPL / HQL), these light sources are no longer (simply) available. HPI / HQI and SON / NAV will follow soon. Because they are so inefficient and environmentally harmful, these lamps will disappear completely over time. Major manufacturers such as Philips, Osram, and GE have already largely stopped producing these types of lamps. Also, the ballasts needed to start them up and burn are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. These conventional devices have already disappeared or will disappear completely from the market in the short term. Lighting on company terrains is often a critical condition for production and/or use. If the lighting fails and is no longer available, business continuity is at stake.
To prevent this, Yourlight has high-quality, reliable and attractively priced lighting solutions. Contact us here.
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