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Dust Protection Ratings for Industrial LED Spotlights

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In rugged work sites, LED spotlights must be protected from a myriad of dangerous elements, such as water and dust. When addressing the presence of small, solid particles (dust), operators may refer to various dust protection ratings for lighting equipment.

Although Ingress Protection (IP) ratings are often associated with waterproof protection, part of the rating refers to dust. This is particularly useful for locations that are exposed to combustible particles, such as metal processing facilities, grain storage buildings and more.

Read on to learn more about how LED spotlights stay operational in dusty environments.

IP Rating (Dust)

In an IP rating, the first number is applied to advise individuals about protection from solid objects. It is crucial to highlight that the second number refers to protection from liquids and water sprays. In some cases, an optional third number is applied to reference protection from hard impacts.

A scale of 0 to 6 is applicable to protective ratings for dust. On the scale, the lowest rating (0) suggests that the LED spotlight does not offer any form of protection from dust. Within that scale, a range of 1-4 is applicable to resistance against rough contact, via tools, fingers or hands. With this in mind, IP3X or IP4X is recommended for protection from small objects.

Protection from Hazardous Dust

As we move up the scale, the level of protection increases. At the range of IP5X, finer particles are addressed. An LED spotlight with an IP5X rating (or higher) is protected from dust, as well as sand. Testing method to ensure such protective mechanisms includes exposing the unit to circulating dust.

Complete protection from dust is offered in LED spotlights with IP6X ratings. At this level, the luminary’s housing is dust tight. Most consumer-grade products may come equipped with IP5X ratings, while industrial variants that require higher levels of protection (industrial-grade) are IP6X.

Profile LED Spotlights for Stage Lighting Systems

LED spotlights can be found in a wide range of industries, from construction to performance art. Focusing on the latter sector, stage lighting systems typically incorporate Fresnel, PC and profile spotlights for intricate illumination.

 

Out of the three options mentioned above, profile spotlights offer some of the most unique lighting solutions for commercial stages. Read on to learn more about this type of spotlight and its applications in performance art.

 

Profile LED Spotlights 101

 

When used to support live performances and concerts, profile LED units are designed for consistent spreads and angles. The luminaries provide a fixed-beam with constant width measurements. In order to manipulate the beams (making them larger or smaller), operators must move the entire fixture. However, it is possible to adjust the lens. This allows the creation of soft or hard edges on the light beam during operation.

 

Newer versions of profile LED spotlights come with a robust lens, which can be adjusted to widen or tighten the width of the beam. Moreover, some units feature different zoom ranges, such as settings of 15 degrees and 35 degrees, as well as settings of 30 degrees and 40 degrees. These beam angles are still within the range of spotlight beams and are particularly useful for highlighting multiple objects or characters in a single scene.

 

Technical Specs and Applications

 

A major advantage of using profile LED spotlights is positioning at far distances. Operators can position the lights from far locations, which offers more space for equipment around the stage.

 

By comparison, a Fresnel spotlight must be used within close proximity to the target on the stage. Both units are used for illumination of specific objects. When use for such purposes, the beam’s shape can be manipulated using shutters.

 

Lastly, because profile LED spotlights are installed far away from the stage, it is crucial for the units to come with sturdy mounting options, such as a U-bracket component.