The importance of a quality lighting system in any application, scenario, or environment in a necessity for your lighting system. But when it comes to harsh environments and conditions that require vapor tight lighting, the importance of those lighting fixtures to be of quality is even that much more great.
First we must understand what vapor tight lighting fixtures are, and then we can move onto what qualifies a quality vapor tight lighting products vs a bad one and the importance of obtaining this definition of quality pertaining to vapor tight lighting.
What is vapor tight lighting?
In simple terms it is a light fixture that blocks out and resists against dust, dirt, and moisture. This is a huge part of lighting systems inside building that process food, or have dirty environments. They are also commonly used outdoors to resist harsh conditions produced by the natural environment.
To clarify one common misconception, there is a difference between vapor tight and vapor proof fixtures. Vapor proof, as we’ve discussed, blocks out dirt, dust, and moisture. While vapor proof resists hazardous fumes and gases that may affect a lights functionality and integrity. So while they are both have similar or relatable purposes, they are different are used in entirely different scenarios. This post we will be discussing vapor tight lights, not proof.
What Defines “Good” Vapor Tight Lighting?
To qualify good vapor tight lights, we need to look at all aspects of the light, including its purpose. From efficiency, to functionality, all of these things will define a quality light that is made for resisting dust and water from affecting its functionality.
Here are those main things you must be able to look at and decide whether a potential light fits you standards, starting with its efficiency:
Quality is efficient. In most cases, if not all, LED is one of the most efficient lighting technologies around. And since vapor tight LED fixtures are readily available and on the market, you have the option to choose this technology for your vapor tight needs. Quality throughout the LED product world can vary greatly. It all comes down to one thing, and one thing only; lumens per watt. The more lumens per watt you have, the less watts you need to produce the same amount of light compared to a less-efficient fixture that produces at lesser lumens per watt.
It won’t break. This is especially important for highly fragile environments that require vapor tight lighting fixtures to be installed; inside or out of your facility. Fixtures that are of low quality won’t be as tough against the elements of the environment that it is in, and if it breaks; there goes your entire investment. And who’s to stay that a cheaper fixture won’t break a week into using it? There is no guarantee and if you don’t watch who you buy from; you could be out of your entire investment.
Quality lasts longer. Not only with a quality fixture last longer in the sense that it is less susceptible to break, but they last longer in the literal sense of the light sources lifespan. LED lights are known to last 2 to 3 times longer than other technologies, which proves it to be a much better technology in this area (and almost all areas).
What is The Importance of “Good” Vapor Tight Lighting?
So the big question is, what exactly is the importance of getting good and quality vapor tights installed in your facility? The importance is obvious and it’s that you gain all of the benefits that quality lighting will bring you, as listed above and even more.
With anything you buy, quality is something you don’t want to cheap out on. Think about it, would you cheap out on your new car purchase? Probably not as much as a lot of companies are doing when it comes to their lighting systems. Don’t fall victim of falling for a cheaper initial investment just for lights; instead think of it as an investment that will pay back dividends (and then some). Once you and your company looks at it like an investment, you will open your eyes up to the benefits of quality LED vapor tights will bring to your facility and all of it’s lighting fixtures.
The integrity of your light system cannot be diminished just by a poor investment in low quality lighting. The benefits of quality LEDs are there, all of which will reduce costs, improve safety, and create an overall better environment for everyone (for both people and the actual environment).