Lighting in underground mines

lighting underground minesA characteristic of underground mining operations is that, as we move from the surface to the interior, the darkness becomes more complete, which is why lighting is a very important and fundamental factor.

Under these conditions, it may be interesting for mining companies to focus on a key aspect of the production equipment, lighting.

In underground mines, it is vital to have safe and efficient lighting. Airfal manufactures high optical performance luminaires adapted to underground mines. These Atex certified light fixtures meet the highest safety standards and are explosion proof.

Explosion hazard in underground mines involves the use of special lighting to avoid possible accidents. In coal mines, firedamp concentration can be high, resulting in explosive atmospheres, An explosion can be caused by mechanical or electrical sparks.

Inside the mine, where the atmosphere is potentially explosive,  electricity has to be used safely. To prevent or minimize the effects of explosions, besides mine ventilation, electrical equipment and lighting has to be specially designed for use in explosive atmospheres.

All electrical equipment and lighting used in the mine must be able to withstand an internal explosion, and prevent any risk of spreading an explosion, which is called explosion-proof.

Lighting standards help ensure the safety of lighting installations in mines. The lighting systems used inside a mine must comply with the ATEX directive, and avoid any risk of explosion or propagation. The ATEX normative (explosive atmosphere) is the result of two European Directives (1994/9/EC and ATEX 137) for equipment intended for use in ATEX zones and 100A ATEX 1999/92/EC or safety of workers).

With many years of experience in technical lighting, Airfal has created the Minex luminaire which has been designed  for use in hazardous areas. With low maintenance cost, easy installation, and maximum security, the luminaire Minex is compliant with Atex. It was created especially for lighting in underground mines. It can also be used in other industrial facilities, both indoors or  outdoors.

Led light fixtures for the mining industry

Effective mining companies must use the latest technologies, including a safe and effective lighting system. The main characteristics of a lighting system for mines are safety, durability, efficiency and long life. Such elements are essential to survive in the harsh environment of the modern mining industry.

LED lighting is extremely popular today in the industry and in particular in mining, because of the many technical advantages of this technology. Increased longevity, efficiency, energy savings, respect for the environment are some of the many benefits that can offer LED light fixtures for mines. Airfal offers a range of lLED light fixtures suitable for mining, light and strong, with an exceptional lighting performance. These luminaires are designed for extreme environments, and can withstand explosions.

Please contact us for more information about Airfal luminaires suitable for the mining industry.