A new development, a new concept
When Necplus with Artidor started with the development of new work lights, the Ultra2 and Ultra3, a couple of choices had to be made. Were we to continue with good old tubular lights? Very common and easy to produce, but difficult to position, to fasten and to direct? Or would it be a better choice to use an existing floodlight with the usual metal housing? And what about a rechargeable solution?
CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOUSING MATERIAL
We decided to design from scratch as you then can work without compromise.
Metal casing was out of question, due to its heavy weight and it’s requirement for a bonding or earthing wire. Polycarbonate with its questionable antistatic properties offered no solution. We chose full maintenance-free and throughout antistatic polypropylene and a new housing design with rounded, less injurious corners and a large comfortable grip. Stainless steel bolts and a diffusor of hardened glass are the further ingredients for a state-of-the-art lasting product.
Rechargeable has without doubt many advantages compared to external powered lamps. No hassle with cables or plugs, no need for power-supply, distribution boxes or transformers. Easy to use in hard-to-reach places, like in large confined spaces or high towers. Tanks, catalytic convertors, floating tank roofs with restricting power cable length: a common problem.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A GOOD RECHARGEABLE WORK LIGHT?
- A wide beam, covering a large part of the workspace.
- Much light, high luminous flux.
- Safe for the eye.
- Long operating time.
- Reliable and maintenance-free batteries
- Lightweight solution.
The engineers did exactly that: all requirements were met. Operating time of eight hours with maintenance-free batteries which last – as past experiences show – at least five years. 3200 lumens in a wide beam and only 5,5 kg.: the best rechargeable lamp was born. Instead of using one large possible blinding LED, the Ultra2 – as it was named has 91 smaller LEDS and is fully photobiological safe.
WHICH CHOICES IN ATEX CERTIFICATION?
Zone 0 was discussed but did not make it: Certification should be for zone 1 and 2, as zone 0 is actually for inspection work and does not allow the same amount of Illumination. Further, especially with the increasing importance of hydrogen gasgroup, IIC and temperatureclass T4 makes it a versatile and safe product.
WHAT ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY?
It is not just a lamp: it is about the choices made.
This development leading to a robust piece of long lasting and easy to maintain equipment with first class materials is a way to illuminate in a responsible way. Also, to avoid cargo and its consequences we at Atexindustries are proud to say that the lamp is produced locally in the Netherlands and yes that includes the LED drivers built by NDF.
AND THE RESULT IS?
A new work light, a rechargeable floodlight, was put on the market. We have customers in the petrochemical industry, aeronautical industry, with shipping, or in maintenance jobs, cleaning jobs or for emergency support. And yes we still look for more professional distributors.