Low temperature lighting and cold storage light fixtures


low temperarature lightingLow temperature and cold storage environments are really challenging regarding lighting. Airfal, manufacturer of industrial and technical lighting, has been developping light fittings to address these challenges, so that you can get enhanced visibility and safety in cold storage environments and in low temperature chain logistics.

Incandescent bulbs, which are scheduled to be discontinued, are not impacted by cold temperatures. However, the light bulbs replacing incandescent bulbs — compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) — are impacted by cold temperature,  though energy efficient.

Exposure to cold temperatures makes it difficult for the common CFLs to heat properly, affecting the level of illumination. Standard compact fluorescent bulbs decrease flux by up to 50 percent at 0 degrees Celsius. For that reason, the lighting industry is including substances in the bulbs, so as to enable compact fluorescent lights to work under temperatures as low as seventeen degrees below zero Celsius. For that reason, compact fluorescent bulbs takes an average warm up time of several minutes to reach full flux.

The TR3 light fixture has been developed for lighting in extreme temperature locations, such as refrigerators, freezers, coolers, and outdoor places in cold weather.

This cold weather light fixture can withstand temperatures of up to –40ºC. The variety of mounting systems allows this light fixture to be installed in places  exposed to very adverse weather conditions such as high winds, snow, heavy rain, etc. This luminaire has a degree of protection of IP 67 offering total protection against dust and against the penetration of water in prolonged immersion.

How to adapt  lighting when growing older

Over time, our eyes become more sensitive and react more strongly to light. It is therefore necessary to do some adjustment in the lighting of the house in order to maintain a good quality of life and sight. Space can become more comfortable even when the signt changes with age.

How does the perception of light change with age?

Changes in vision can occur throughout life, but once you reach a certain age, these changes become even more worrying than simply not seeing objects from a distance. Just like the rest of the body, some muscles of the eye begin to weaken. Have you ever shined a light in one eye and watched the pupil dilate? The muscles involved in this phenomenon are intended to control the quality of the light collected and, as we get older, they find themselves lagging in their reaction time. This implies that the eyes take longer to adapt to dark or bright environments. Other changes may occur such as yellowing of the lens that affects the perception of colors, the appearance of spots or “floating” in the vision caused by particles in the vitreous of the eye and cataracts that cause areas of fog in the eyes. Medical measures may be takento repair these phenomena or improve these conditions, but good lighting may also help to compensate for some of these eye disorders.

What kind of light should be installed to adapt to these changes?

Intense light

The troubled vision due to age can often be solved by simply using more light than usual. This does not necessarily mean that you have to raise the brightness of all the lighting in your home to extreme levels, but you can use bright lights for some tasks, such as table lamps, floor lamps, lighting under cupboards to provide more lighting for activities such as cooking, reading or using the bathroom mirror, etc. That being said, it’s not necessarily a bad idea to increase the general level of lighting in your home.

Ambient lighting

As mentioned above, older eyes have difficulty adjusting to different levels of light as quickly as before. In order to bring as much comfort as possible to the eyes, you need to set up uniform ambient lighting throughout the house. This means that no room should be brighter or darker than another, so there must be smooth transitions from one room to another. The addition of dimmers (dimmers) can also make it easier to adjust light levels in different rooms.

Anti-glare light

The glare of the extremely powerful light emitted by the light bulbs can trigger vision problems and even worse, “eye floaters”. These eye floaters and other eye injuries can cause light scattering in the eye. This increases the sensitivity to glare, which is not the case for low light levels. To avoid glare, make sure your light sources are shaded or not directed directly to the eyes. For example, you can use spots with frosted lenses to hide the light source.

Precision of color

Because the coloring of lenses on the eyes may change, it is important that light sources have a very high CRI or CRI (Color Rendering Index) – usually above 80 – for colors to be more authentic.

Lighting in poultry houses – Chicken farm lighting

Lighting is an essential factor in the success of the commercial production of layers and broilers. The demand for food worldwide is expected to double by 2030. To meet that demand, chicken producers are adopting new approaches to increase production at a reduced cost, with less stress on the environment. Generally speaking, the focus id on enhancing traditional inputs such as water, air, nutrients, and housing, however lighting would deserve more interest.

Light is an important aspect of an animals environment. Avian species respond to light energy in a variety of ways, including growth and reproductive performance. The value of regulating the exposition to light of poultry and livestock to stimulate reproduction has been recognized for many years and is used regularly by commercial poultry and farmers.

Many poultry producers still utilize old residential and commercial incandescent lamps in their barns. These lamps are not the best suited for poultries. Indeed, iincandescent light is not the same as sunlight, and the best light for humans is not necessarily the best light for animals.
Animals used to live under the sunlight, whose spectrum differs substantially from that of incandescent light. Sunlight is a combination of all colors. Modernfarm lighting system should attempt to mimic the sun’s spectrum. Read more

Airfal strengthens its presence in the Middle East

The Export Department of Airfal went back from the Light Middle East fair in Dubai with very good numbers of visits and established contacts. The company valued very positively its presence in the trade show that was held on 17, 18 and 19 October.
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Airfal International goes to the Light Middle East fair in Dubai

Airfal International returns to the Light Middle East fair to showcase its innovations this year and meet again with customers in the area. The trade faire, one  the most important on the market, is held on 17, 18 and 19 October in Dubai and will bring together some 350 lighting companies from around the world. Airfal will be located on stand S2-G34.

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New products, new designs and new strategy at the Airfal Sales Convention

Airfal International has gathered its national sales network to present  this year’s new developments, among which is the launch of the new division of Projects and Large Accounts. Likewise, the representatives have discovered the products on which the R & D department is currently working and that will be launched in the coming months, among other innovations.  

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Tips for buying LED bulbs

First of all, there is no real comparison between LED bulbs and other conventional light bulbs (halogen, incandescent, compact fluo and others).

Indeed, it should be noted that not all LEDs have the same lighting power and that some of them alone can have a luminous flux equivalent to more than 500 LEDs less powerful.

The most efficient and economical light bulbs are now the LEDs, but they are not bought like a conventional incandescent bulb or even halogen. Here are some of our tips for making the right choice.

With incandescent bulbs and halogens, we speak had to deal with watts (W), since their luminous intensity depends on their power consumption. This is no longer the case with LEDs. For example, a 6W high performance LED illuminates as well as a 60W incandescent bulb or 46W halogen. The central LED information is the lumens (lm). Read more

Led replacement bulbs: potential technical and electrical risks in lighting

Replacement  LED lamps (only the lamps that are replaced and installed in the already existing luminaire) have been available on the market for some time. However, there are  potential technical and electrical risks associated with this type of substitution lamps. This type of renovation can also lead to an increase in light nuisance and discomfort to users if the necessary conditions are not met.

Note: these article deals with  functional public lighting intended to ensure the safety of the users’ travel for all types of traffic (pedestrians, cyclists, motorized vehicles) and irrespective of the duration of illumination chosen. Some ambient lighting fixtures (outdoor lighting fixtures without required photometric performances for example) are not affected.

Reminder

Between 2012 and 2017, almost 80% of public lighting lamps in Europe should have been replaced according to European regulations. In Europe, many of the luminaires in service are over 25 years old and therefore present an urgency for renovation (with some  mercury vapor lamps, mostly concentrated in rural municipalities).  within the framework of the law of energy transition and the fight against light nuisance. A large number of  luminaires are still equipped with discharge lamps (SHP – metal halide) with less than 15 years of installation.

An investment not necessarily profitable

If these replacementLED lamps are cheaper to purchase, the investment expenditure , even lower, may not be amortized due to unsatisfactory performance and reliability guarantees for the safety of the users. Electrical safety, malfunctions and consequent maintenance are also questioned.

On the other hand, the guarantee of the equipment could no longer be assured by the manufacturer of the luminaire. Consequently, any breakdowns resulting from the substitution are no longer part of this guarantee and will represent an additional cost for the communities

IP protection classes: the different degrees of protection in lighting

On many occasions, lighting fixtures must stand rough conditions and work for their intended period of time nevertheless they are set out to dirt, dust and humidity. Ingress of liquid and/or solid particles into lighting equipment can not only be harmful to the equipment, it can be dangerous to the operator. Therefore when buying industrial lighting fixtures, it is essential to know what degree of “ingress protection“, also called IP class, or IP rating the product offers. IP codes stands for “ ”  and sometimes also for “International Protection Rating” IP protection classes define how and where the lights can be used without any safety risk.

The protection rating indicates also the protection for people against potential dangers when using the equipment. With regard to suitability for various environments, the systems are divided into relevant IP codes).

 These IP ratings specify the following:

  1. Protection of persons.
  2. Protection of light fixtures (and electrical equipment) against the penetration of solid matter, including dust.
  3. Protection of light fixtures against the harmful effects of water

Explanation of IP Codes

ip protection class

An IP code consists of the letters “IP” and two digits. The first digit is 0…6 and the second 0…9.

Ingress Protection Classification

First Number : Degrees of protection against the infiltration of impurities

Second Number : Degrees of protection against the damaging effects of water

IP

Protection Provided

IP

Protection Provided

0

No Protection

0

No Protection

1

Protected against solid objects up to 50mm e.g. accidental touch by hands

1

Protected against vertically falling drops of water e.g. condensation

2

Protected against solid objects up to 12mm e.g. fingers

2

Protected against direct sprays of water up to 15 deg from the vertical

3

Protected against solid objects over 2.5mm e.g. tools

3

Protected against direct sprays of water up to 60 deg from the vertical

4

Protected against solid objects over 1mm e.g. wires

4

Protected against water sprayed from all directions – limited ingress permitted

5

Protected against dust – limited ingress (no harmful deposit)

5

Protected against low pressure jets of water from all directions – limited ingress permitted

6

Protection against dust

6

Protected against high power water-jet streams

 7Immersion up to 1m

7

Protected against the effects of immersion between 15cm and 1m

 8Immersion beyond 1m

8

Protected against long periods of immersion under pressure

You can get more information on waterproof lights and on dustproof lights created by Airfal on the following web pages:

– IP 42 waterproof luminaires

– IP 65 waterproof light fixtures

– IP 67 waterproof light fittings

– IP68 watertight lighting

Healthcare lighting and lighting for hospital or clinic patient rooms

healthcare lightingThe hospital environment has very specific lighting requirements. Optimum conditions must be ensured by meeting multiple expectations: for doctors and nursing staff, lighting must be able to work in good conditions. For patients, it is the atmosphere that counts, and the need to create an ambient that inspires well-being. Read more

Street lighting: nearly 73 million units installed in 2026

Worldwide, the number of intelligent lights used for street lighting could reach 73 million in 2026, compared to 6.3 million in 2017.

These figures were published by Navigant Research in its new Smart Street Lighting for Smart Cities report. This study analyzes the evolution of smart technologies in street lighting and provides a forecast for their development and diffusion in the future. Read more

Certification of ATEX lighting: interview with Carlos Jiménez

ATEX lighting is very complex and still unrecognized by many industry professionals around the world. In the previous articles, we have analyzed what ATEX lighting is and why it is necessary to distinguish it from flameproof lighting.

Airfal is the only Spanish company certified to manufacture this type of lighting and to understand why it is so complex to certify this type of product, we interviewed Carlos Jiménez, director of Airfal’s R + D + i.

Carlos explains the process that follows an ATEX luminaire from the “first draft”bto its introduction on the market.

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Anti-vandalism and vandal-resistant light fixtures for safe and secure public places

Lighting is key for the safety of our everyday life. It is also required to deter crime and identify potential risks. In many public areas, however, light fixtures are being damaged by vandals. Whether committed by young teens throwing rocks or criminals looking for darkness, vandalism can represent a huge cost for our society.

For many years, public utilities and municipalities have been using Airfal luminaires to help eliminate the problem of vandalism.

What is an anti-vandal luminaire

A vandal-resistant luminaire is a luminaire with mechanical properties that allow it to be protected against break-in (anti-tearing, difficulty to disassemble – specially shaped screws for example, strong mechanical resistence ….). These luminaires are intended for specific applications such as public passages or penitentiaries.

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Raúl Alegre, appointed new key account manager – Airfal

As part of the ongoing efforts of strengthening our customer relations, Airfal has decided to bolster the sales department by appointing since july 15th Raúl Alegre as our new Key Account and Large Projects Manager for the home market. Our company thus inaugurates its new Projects division.

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Lighting for refrigerated areas and cold rooms

Given the growing demand for fresh products, the need for refrigerated space is increasing in logistics centers and supermarkets. Appropriate lighting is essential in refrigerated warehouses because it helps to preserve the quality of stored food and helps employees to perform their work safely. Effective lighting must also take into account optimization of capital investment and maintenance costs. Read more

Airfal participates in Interlumi fair in Panama

Airfal International participates for the first time in the Interlumi fair of Panama, to be held between June 29 and July 1 at the ATLPA Convention Center in Panama City. This fair is an entry gate to the market of America, Caribbean and Latin America, and is part of the strategic plan of the company to settle in the Latin American market.  Read more

Farm luminaire: the latest addition to our range of light fixtures

Airfal International is introducing a new luminaire, named Farm and specifically designed for the agricultural sector.   Farm is a waterproof lighting fixture featuring an IP68 protection rating and is also shock resistant thanks to an IK10 index. The Farm luminaire is suitable for providing lighting in greenhouses, farms and nurseries.

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Airfal summer hours changes

One more year and within the WORK-HOME BALANCE AND SERVICE PLAN, which allow the balance between the work life and the personal life of our team, we change the work schedule during the summer.

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Atades Huesca receives 2% of Airfal’s profits

Airfal donates 2% of its profits to Atades Huesca. This action, framed in the Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the company, will serve to reform in part the Manuel Artero residence of the Foundation.
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Lighting solutions for tunnels

Lighting in tunnels is very important as well as complex because it is not only a question of illuminating a space, but it is also necessary to provide security and visibility to a transit zone. In addition, it is necessary to take into consideration the humidity that is usually concentrated in the environment, the type of vehicles that are going to circulate through the tunnel, whether it is road or railway, as well as the length of the tunnel. Therefore, not any luminaire is suitable for these installations.

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Airfal receives the Aragón Enterprise and Future Award regarding Social Responsibility

On April 6th, Airfal Interrnational received the Responsible Company award, for which the company was finalist along with two other companies, Eboca Vending and DKV.
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Led lighting for industrial applications

industrial-lighting

Lighting an industrial environment can be quite difficult because of a wide variety of operations. Many aspects have to be considered as they impact on the of light reaching a surface, as well as its quality. Industrial LED Light fixtures from Airfal includes energy efficient, robust, waterproof and luminaires for hazardous locations. These light fixtures are designed to provide lighting for areas where water, vibration, maintenance or temperature negatively affects conventional illumination.

Replacing obsolete lighting by LED lighting in an industrial environment can provide savings in consumption of up to 70%. Productivity and safety of workers largely depend on the quality of lighting. Industrial light fixtures should also resist extreme temperatures and harsh conditions such as vibrations. Airfal has been able to produce industrial lighting fixtures that maximize efficiency and light output while providing adequate level of safety.

Areas of application of industrial led lighting

Industrial Led lighting is now commonly used in industrial environments, bringing efficient illumination for a safer workplace and a pleasant atmosphere for industrial workers. Our LED lighting fixtures have been designed specifically to replace conventional lighting in a wide variety of industrial applications, both indoor and outdoor.

Industrial lighting from Airfal is used in warehouses, factories, industrial locations, food industry, hazardous areas, logistic and distribution centers, cold storage… Furthermore, Airfal light fixtures are dust proof and waterproof, and some of them are also resistant to extreme temperatures.

Airfal LED luminaires are designed to meet the most demanding environments while offering maximum energy savings.

Industrial lighting upgrade

An industrial lighting upgrade can reduce energy costs and improve workforce performance in a significant way. On many occasions, however, industrial lighting projects result are missing opportunities. The focus is solely on energy efficiency, or on industrial light fixture cost, but other factors such as maintenance costs should also be taken into account. You should not focusing solely on energy savings, but also take into account maintenance costs, as well as the quality of the light and its potential impact on safety or productivity of workers. Industrial lighting accounts for a substantial portion of the energy used in industrial facilities and a careful analysis should be previously undertaken.

What is Human Centric Lighting ?

So as  to understand what is human-centric lighting, LightingEurope, an industry association representing leading European lighting manufacturers and national lighting associations,  and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) have issued a joint paper in which they defined the benefits, technologies, and potential applications.

They  define “Human Centric Lighting” as a form of lighting that goes beyond colour rendering and power efficiency but instead takes into account  other non-visual effects, including circadian-tuning. Read more

Airfal participates in the EFICAM trade show

Airfal will be present at the second edition of the EFICAM trade show, on 9 and 10 March in Madrid. From its booth E10-E12, Airfal will show its latest solutions in ATEX and high technical specification. In addition,  the head of R & D + of Airfal will give a technical talk about ATEX lighting and solutions for extreme conditions.

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Secure: the best selling range of Airfal luminaires

Airfal is the only Spanish company approved to manufacture ATEX lighting, luminaires for areas with potentially explosive atmospheres. Thanks to this,  Airfal a leading company in the lighting market, in which it stands out for the quality of its products, and for the fact that its range of light fixtures is 100 % made in spain.

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Professional lighting: safety and risk prevention

In addition to the search for greater energy efficiency, redesigning and optimizing lighting in the workplace can help to improve safety and prevent potential risks to people’s health and well-being.

The lighting of premises and professional lighting must at least comply with local regulations and in particular meet the legal requirements for safety at work, which can vary not only according to the sector of activity (industry, tertiary sector, agricultural sector, etc.) Read more

ATEX and Explosion-proof luminaires: why they are different

In many cases the terms ATEX and Explosion-proof are confused and according to many, they have the same meaning,  but this is far from being true.  reality. In addition, this error can lead to dangerous situations, and manufacturers and installers have a great responsability, so it is necessary to make the relevant distinctions.

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Airfal brings light to New Pull & Bear Stores

The Pull & Bear clothing chain, belonging to the large Inditex group, lights up part of its stores with Airfal’s TR3 luminaire. The new premises, which have changed their image, focus on open spaces and fature increased luminosity in all over the shop. Read more