Industrial Health and Safety/low voltage lighting


Why is it a standard to use low-voltage lighting in tank cleaning and vessel cleaning operations as opposed to 120V, and what constitutes low-volt 12v,16v,24v,?

Hi Jeremy,

The shortest answer to your question is to reduce the likelihood of spark-producing or ignition sources from confined space operations. Low voltage lighting ensures that residual flammable gases or vapors are not ignited. 24-volt lighting setups usually are okay when low voltage illumination is necessary.

We would recommend just getting a tank lighting kit that reduces voltage from 110 to 24 while providing enough light to get the job done. These kits are usually affordable enough for most small businesses.

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