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Old 02-21-2016, 09:46 AM
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Are LED Lights Explosion Proof

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Are the LED strip lights sold in the hardware stores explosion proof? Seems they would be and I would like to install in a paint booth.


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Well, they don't get HOT so .....
Also they are solid and don't have a chamber of pressure/or vacuum and that with no heat involved .....I would say they are safe


One thing to remember is get some that have a good CRI ..color rendering index.


Here are some excellent ones ....
Ultra Brightâ„¢ Series LED Strip Lights for Architectural, Commercial and Residential Applications | Brightest LED Strips



I bought some cheapies from E bay on a roll, that were supposed to be good. They were....for about 2 months, then went totally dim.
I have had these installed for over a year and they are as bright as the day they were installed.
Remember the light output is measured in Lumens and not watts
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Light (color) is measured in degrees/ Kelvins (or temperature)


Light that is around 5200K -5700K is about as pure to daylight as you will get IIRC
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These would be for the power supply.I bought some "wall warts" for my strips as they are short


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If they are not listed as a UL approved explosion prof fixture I would not trust them..

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The power supply for obvious reasons , would need to be located outside of any paint booth.
The LEDs at flexfire are UL listed. Just check out the site.
Another manufacturing seal of approval to look for on anything is the CE approval. That is an approval system integrated by the European Union and the standards are high from what I can see . Probably higher standards than UL.

Like I said , the E Bay LEDs were a disappointment.
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It would be wise to check with OSHA regs to see what they require for explosion proof on LEDs.
Here is a company that sells them.
What a racket.
Explosion Proof Paint Booth Lighting, Paint Spray Booth Approved Lights – www.larsonelectronics.com - Larson Electronics
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for explosion proof they need to be able to fail catastrophically and not start fire (or intrinsically safe)
while low voltage led might seem safe, they are not explosion proof
if you can cut into the light or wiring and make a spark.... boom !!!

easiest way to do explosion proof on a budget it to move them out of the booth and shine in thru a window
most booth lights are outside the booth, changing bulbs and wiring is all done from the outside
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