Although the general public has different views on the profitability of the oil and gas industry, many companies in the industry actually have very thin operating profits. Like other industries, oil and gas production companies also need to control and reduce costs to maintain cash flow and profits. Therefore, more and more companies are adopting LED industrial lighting fixtures. So why is this?
Cost savings and environmental considerations
In a busy industrial environment, lighting costs account for a large part of the operating budget. The transition from traditional lighting to LED industrial lighting can reduce electrical energy consumption and utility costs by 50% or more. In addition, LEDs can provide high-quality lighting levels and run continuously for up to 50,000 hours. Moreover, LED industrial lighting fixtures are more durable and resistant to shocks and impacts common in oil and gas operations. This durability can directly reduce maintenance costs.
The reduction of energy consumption is directly related to the reduction of the load on the power facilities, thereby reducing the overall carbon emissions. When LED industrial lighting bulbs and luminaires are at the end of their useful life, they can often be recycled without any harmful waste.
LED industrial lighting can produce high-quality lighting with less shadows and dark spots. Better visibility improves employee productivity and reduces errors and incidents that may occur in poor light conditions. LED industrial lighting can be dimmed to increase employee alertness and reduce fatigue. Employees can also better distinguish between details and color contrasts to further increase productivity and employee safety.
LED industrial lighting improves safety in more ways than just creating a better lighting environment. According to the OSHA classification, the oil and gas production environment is generally classified as a Class I hazardous environment, which means the presence of flammable vapors. Lighting in Class I hazardous environments must be designed to be separated from potential sources of ignition, such as sparks and hot surfaces, and vapors.
LED industrial lighting fully meets this requirement. Even if the lamp is shaken or impacted by other equipment in the environment, the ignition source can be separated from the steam. Unlike other lamps that are prone to explosive failure, LED industrial lighting is actually explosion-proof. In addition, LED industrial lighting operates at much lower physical temperatures than standard metal halide lamps or high-pressure sodium industrial lamps, further reducing the risk of fire.