Portable and
temporary work lights.

Portable and temporary lights versus fixed lights.

There is a large difference in use and therefore in construction between fixed lights and work lights.

Fixed lights

Fixed lights can be found on walls, on lampposts, from a ceiling.

Portable lights

Portable lights are a part of all the tools that need to be taken along to carry out a task, repair or maintenance. Inspection requires again a different products: flashlights are often suitable for illuminating a small area well, floodlights should illuminate a larger area.

Differences between fixed – and  portable

1. Mechanical strength

Fixed lighting, mounted on lampposts, on walls or as a pendant light have much lower mechanical requirements to meet. These do not have to withstand drops, blows, or impacts with tools. At the same time, weight for work lighting is a much more important item.

2. Provision against static-electricity

Another important difference:  Portable lights have a provision to prevent the build-up of static electricity, a dangerous condition possibly leading to sparking. After all, movement against clothing, for example, can lead to this dangerous build-up. Metal housings of mobile solutions therefore have a third core in the power cable to allow the drain of static build up, plastic housings must be made of anti-static material. It is important that this property is good and lasting, even after impact or cleaning. It is doubtful that a simple layer, like can be found with polycarbonate meets this requirement. If a plastic housing with a sprayed film is chosen, we would recommend regular checking of the anti-static properties, like this tool available at Optilight France Testeur.

Our Ultra2 and Ultra3 flood lights have a house with fully thorough anti-static properties: scratching, cleaning or impacts will not deteriorate it.

3. Weight

There are no ATEX regulatory requirements regarding weight, possible only national requirements with regard to working conditions. The Ultra2 is equipped with a battery, which would not be out of place in a medium-sized family car with a capacity of more than 50Ah. But while the car battery is very heavy, the Ultra2 was engineered until the weight became only 5.5 kg.

portable work light

Temporary led work lighting for construction

During various industrial activities, it may happen that lighting is only needed temporarily. For example, during the construction or maintenance of ships. Also, temporary lighting is needed during the repair of machines or aircrafts. Or maybe you are working in cleaning stops in the process industry?  Either way, portable (explosion proof) lighting is needed!

Temporary construction lighting led

When it concerns a project at a location with a large surface, like between petrochemical installations, area lighting such as light towers or mobile light towers is a good solution. If more local light is needed, portable or movable work lighting is the most common. You will find a wide selection of portable work lighting on our site. Our program includes lamps from small to large. For example, there is an rechargeable Ultra work light for inspection work, the largest is a work lamp for surface and room lighting in, for example, tanks. Our solutions  are to transport and easy to use. 

Please note: we focus on the professionals, we offer solutions for the industry, not for the consumer.

What are the characteristics of good portable work lighting?

•Ease of use: lightweight and compact in construction, good to position, to hang or put down.
• Operating time, if rechargeable, should match the duration of the work.
•The housing must not become hot (fire hazard), in the event of breakage, no dangerous situation may arise.
•The light emitted should resemble white sunlight as much as possible.
•The lamp should be energy efficient.
•When colliding the lamp nor the object it collides into should be damaged.
•Maintenance must be easy to carry out, of course electrical safety is also important.


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