Petrel have been at the forefront in developing new LED lighting technologies for hazardous areas as the industry moves forward to more efficient lighting solutions.

As part of this development strategy, we have introduced a number of LED area flood products ranging from 85 watt up to 150w to replace traditional sodium, mercury and metal halide low & high bay solutions.

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We are delighted to announce that Stuart Head has joined Petrel in January 2018.

Stuart offers a wealth of experience in the lighting and hazardous area industry having worked in the industry for over 15 years. During his career, he has been influential in the design, validation and management of some of the most modern LED ATEX luminaires as well as helping end users understand the ever changing world of lighting and hazardous areas.

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The team at Petrel are looking forward to strengthening their range with a collection of new LED lighting products being produced at their manufacturing site in the Midlands. The first of these will be the very latest version of the already popular LED Area Light – an 85 watt alternative. This new Area Light variant delivers the same class leading output figures of up to 156 luminaire lumens per Watt. This new development is also more suitable for lower mounting heights, and is suitable for lowbay applications.

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The purpose of this white paper is to discuss in layman terms the use of led luminaires within hazardous areas. The intention is to de-mystify the selection of LED luminaires by explaining the benefits and pitfalls in non-technical terms, and offer basic advice on issues which are specific to hazardous area lighting, whilst also providing an insight into the kind of service you should expect from your supplier.

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LED luminaires as we know them are a very recent addition to the general lighting market. The LED or Light Emitting Diode was introduced on an industrial scale in the 1960s, at the time its main usage was for indication lamps within electrical and electronic devices. By the 1990s the LED had been widely adopted in moving sign displays, modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers etc. It would not be until around 2006 when research and development had advanced the LED to the point of it being a useful general light source.

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