Having good lighting inside your industrial blast cabinet is crucial for providing excellent visibility while you work – and thus improving productivity.
Standard commercial blast cabinets typically come standard with fluorescent bulbs or floodlights. While both types of light sources will provide adequate lighting, they each have their respective drawbacks.
Fluorescent lighting – Harmful and inefficient
The main concern with fluorescent lights is they contain hazardous mercury and phosphorus. When a fluorescent bulb is broken, the mercury is released as a toxic gas; the phosphorus remains in the tube but is considered more harmful than the mercury gas. (Source)
Although more energy efficient than traditional incandescent lights, fluorescent bulbs “scatter” light in every direction versus providing a focused light on the work surface (e.g. the part you’re blasting).
The light output of fluorescent bulbs decreases as they age – and they age faster when they’re turned off and on repeatedly – which means you’re replacing them more frequently and having to properly dispose of used lights so they don’t end up in a landfill. They also take time to reach maximum light output “warm-up” in cooler conditions.
Halogen floodlights – Expensive and inefficient
The main benefit of floodlights is they’re very bright! Attach a couple to the ceiling of your blast cabinet – and yes, the interior is well lit.
Halogens, however, produce a great deal of heat and require lots of energy – which is why they need replacing every six months or so (depending on usage). Floodlights, therefore, are an inefficient and expensive option for companies running blasting operations 24/7.
LED lights – Energy-efficient, long-lasting
LED lamps provide significant energy savings, whiter light inside the work area, and fewer surface reflections. LED lamps also last longer than traditional fluorescent bulbs – reducing the costs incurred with frequent bulb changes.
And, LED lamps emit very little heat when compared to incandescent bulbs and CFLs, which release 90% and 80% of their energy as heat, respectively.
Titan Exclusive – LED lights in the window frame
To solve these issues and others, we completely rethought what a blast cabinet operator needs with regard to lighting and operating efficiencies.
Instead of installing lights on the cabinet ceiling, we put LED lights outside the blasting environment by housing them inside the metal frame that holds the cabinet window.
A Titan exclusive, this feature offers the blast cabinet operator multiple benefits:
- Improved safety – Because the lights are outside the blast environment, the potential for breakage is eliminated.
- No shadows – The lights shine in the direction the operator is working and provide an exceptionally bright work area.
- Dimmable – Our window frame lights have a light output of 6,600 lumens! That means they’re bright! They’re also dimmable, which means you can adjust the light output to suit your application.
In addition to rethinking blast cabinet lighting, Titan engineers also redesigned the window.
During operation, inlet air keeps the window clear. When the window glass needs replacing due to pitting, simply unscrew the knobs, pop off the frame, and insert a new window. Efficient!
And, should you need to replace your LED window frame lights, simply order a replacement light kit from the Titan web store. Our LED lights are made in New York of the highest quality materials and manufacturing processes.
The Titan blast cabinet window frame LED light feature is one of many innovations we added to our recently introduced, and completely redesigned industrial blast cabinet.