Tom Hammel 2017-12-09 03:51:06
MAYBE THE PAST REALLY WAS THE DARK AGES Lithium-ion and LED technologies are combining to transform formerly dark, poorly lit work spaces and job sites into bright, productive environments whether there is power nearby or not. These new lighting products, cords and power boxes are truly sights for sore eyes. CONNTEK As weather becomes more unpredictable, backup generator systems are becoming essential fixtures in many parts of the country. But these systems must be installed properly. “Homeowners and businesses can avoid harmful generator exhaust fumes from backup power systems by using a power inlet box from Conntek Integrated Solutions,” advises Drew Leu, senior sales executive for Conntek. “These inlet boxes easily mount to the exterior of a home, business or other setting and are then wired directly to a transfer switch. When emergency power is needed, connect a power cord to both the generator and power inlet box, then flip the switch for the transfer unit to activate the backup power.” The Conntek power inlet boxes feature unique duo-rain seal technology that provides water protection for the inlet regardless if it is being used. The inlets have a threaded collar that allows a power cord’s sealing ring to screw over it. The front cap also protects the inlet from being exposed to the elements by completely covering it when folded down. Conntek power inlet boxes are available in 30 and 50 amp configuration styles for a variety of settings. The Conntek 80571 series has a NEMA L5-30 inlet, which is ideal for using with small backup power systems. A NEMA L14-30 inlet, which provides up to 7500 watts, can be found in the Conntek 80601 series of inlet boxes for midsize applications. For large backup power systems, the Conntek 80SS2 series provides up to 50 amps through the CS6375 (SS2-50) inlet. “Many Conntek power inlet boxes are available with a different color weather sealing lid and even have a stainless- steel option for added durability,” Leu adds. “We also offer combo packages that include the matching generator power cord in several different lengths to choose from. By offering these different customization options, we allow our customers to choose the solution based on their unique setting.” CEP CONSTRUCTION ELECTRIC PRODUCTS “In the past few years, we have seen a shift in both the job site and portable power arenas towards smaller power needs in greater locations,” begins Bill Benschneider, CEP’s director of industrial sales and marketing. “We see this mostly due to the penetration of better-lumen, smaller LED fixtures and cordless tools.” OSHA regulations on dust handling and tripping hazards have also played a role. As LEDs get better and better every year, what once needed a 100-amp service now needs only 30 amps. “Because of this, we have seen a sudden increase in use of temporary power boxes, especially the 30-amp mini-centers CEP has had for years, as they get deployed in more locations through a job site. With this decrease of power requirements, how does the user best maximize this available power?” CEP’s model 9322 LED cart light and 9125 magnet/ stubby combo lights are splendid examples of high lumen-to-amp-ratio devices that provide bright light at a lower current draw, which makes more power available for tools. In addition, OSHA’s new regulations on removing clutter from floors and passageways have also changed the way contractors run cords through job sites. CEP has answered by adding 20-pound-capacity magnets to its model 91120 stringer sets and a 200-pound magnet on the 9125 fixture to get them off the floor. “We also finalized the design of our wall-mounted barricade box, which allows the site to reduce those tripping possibilities while staying in compliance with the environmental rating of the PDU,” Benschneider says. “The box won a Showstopper Award at the NECA show.” As the use of power continues to change, CEP is moving toward bringing better ways to utilize it. As a manufacturer based in the USA with both design and inhouse fabrication, CEP products will continue to support what is required at each application, no matter if it is a job site, plant turnover or rental package. BOSCH Bosch is focused on making maximum use of Lithium-ion technology. Improvements in this battery technology allows for higher-powered LEDs to be more common on a job site. There are also industrial design elements that allow lights to produce everything from narrow beams to wide illumination with the same LEDs. Another key trend is that more new lighting products are battery driven rather than requiring a cord. In the end it’s about versatility, convenience and safety, thanks to a cordless environment. “Without the advancement of Lithium-ion technology, high-powered cordless lighting solutions would not be an option,”states Charlie Chiappetta, product manager, power tools, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “Lithium-ion batteries provide these lighting solutions with the run-time that’s required on a job site.” Bosch offers several types of lighting solutions on multiple battery platforms; area flood, compact flood and stick lights in its 18V platform as well as compact flood and stick lights in its 12V platform. “Connected capability is the next advancement in lighting technology,” Chiappetta says. “Connecting lighting products through a mobile device opens up a variety of opportunities, including remote on/off, linking lights across a job site and lighting that can be programmed on a timer. In many cases, these are convenience features but also speak to job site safety and flexibility in deploying job site resources when they’re needed.” EMERSON/APPLETON Emerson is breaking barriers in the industrial lighting market once again with the new Appleton Baymaster LED high bay luminaire, featuring a patented Quick-Mount pendant system that makes it faster, safer and more cost-effective ever to install high bay LEDs in industrial and hazardous locations. “Emerson designed the Appleton Baymaster LED with the understanding that replacing traditional HID or fluorescent high bays with energy-efficient LED technology can be costly and difficult,” says Ellen Helm, manager, Appleton Lighting. “Because most high bay luminaries are heavy and in hard-to-reach locations, two or more people are required to perform installations, leading to increased labor costs. This installation expense slows return on a company’s LED investment. “In contrast, Emerson’s Appleton Baymaster significantly reduces labor costs with its low weight and time-saving Quick-Mount system. One electrician using standard tools can pre-wire the mounting hood, align the arrows and lock the Baymaster into place.” Emerson’s Appleton Baymaster LED answers the need for improved lighting quality with unprecedented innovation and unique-to-industry design. Secondary optics help shape the Baymaster LED’s light to meet precise application needs, while eliminating glare and dark spots. With a choice of aisle, narrow, medium or wide beam spreads, it is now possible to offer optimal light distribution in challenging areas such as aisle ways and walkways. Six lumen output levels (9,500K to 38,000K) and 5000K cool white or 3000K CCT warm white color options provide greater mounting height versatility and superior light quality wherever it is installed, making it an ideal replacement for HID high bay luminaires from 175 to 1,500 watts. “Emerson’s Appleton Baymaster LED delivers peace of mind even in the harshest industrial and hazardous locations,” Helm adds. “Since reliability is the key to lower maintenance costs, Emerson gave the luminaire unprecedented resistance to corrosion, vibration, surges, thermal shock, and moisture. Mounting hoods and bodies are forged from copper-free aluminum protected by a baked epoxy-clad finish, electrostatically applied for complete uniform protection. The result is an industrial LED rated for 84,000 hours with luminaire life that can exceed 200,000 hours depending on ambient temperature.” ALERT STAMPING Alert Stamping realizes the portability that LED Lighting brings itself to the job site. COB (Chip On Board) and SMD (Surface-Mounted Diode) style LEDs specifically offer wide beam illumination and truer color rendering than diodes of the past. The additional benefit of low power consumption aids in generator-driven output sources and fully portable USB rechargeable Lithium-ion-powered hand held and flood lights. “Job sites are exposed to all elements and the need for safer lighting products designed to meet to rigors of daily outside use inspired us to evaluate solutions,” says Ralph Technow, Alert Stamping director of sales. “In answer to this need, Alert has introduced a line of waterproof IP65-rated hand held work lights in rechargeable (KWR12) and corded (KWC1225) versions.” The KWR12 produces 360 lumens, is IP65 rated and has a bubberized handle and a charge status indicator light. The corded KWC1225 has a 25-foot cord and also produces 360 lumens. “Alert further enhanced its outdoor line with rainproof IP54 LED flood lights (LF50CM and LF100CMT) that have an outstanding 5,000 and 10,000 lumen light output,” Technow adds. “The new USB rechargeable KWR6CT has a COB side work light and a LED top flashlight and is slim to fit into tight areas. The head tilts 120 degrees so you can aim the light on its magnetic base.” MILWAUKEE TOOL “At Milwaukee, we are always looking for ways to help our users get their work done faster, safer and more efficiently,” says Tom Simeone, vice president of product management. “Access to quality light is a fundamental need for a safe, productive work environment. However, many lights on the job site rely on extension cords and outdated halogen, incandescent or metal halide bulbs, so light quality, portability and durability often fall short of our user’s needs. Our goal was to change this with our M12 and M18 cordless high-output LED lighting solutions.” By focusing on improved LEDs, optics, and lithium-ion technology, Milwaukee has introduced 30 unique highoutput, battery-powered products to date engineered to thrive on the job site. For the last three years, it has dedicated significant research and development resources to dramatically advance portable work lighting technology. “Some of our biggest news this year was our new line of Personal Lighting solutions powered by REDLITHIUM USB – an extremely compact, removable battery developed to give users rechargeable convenience and performance where maintaining a compact size is critical.” The REDLITHIUM USB Battery gives users all-day runtime. Capable of being charged either on the product or on a separate charger, and with a three times faster charge time, users can get back to work more quickly. Plus, with over 2,000 recharges, REDLITHIUM USB eliminates the dependency on disposable batteries in situations of extended use. This battery powers three critical personal lighting solutions: a 700L flashlight, hard hat head lamp and ROVER pocket floodlight. Milwaukee’s RADIUS LED 70W temporary site light is a new-to-world AC-powered lighting solution designed to significantly reduce labor time, maintenance cost and energy consumption. It is easy to set up and can instantly light the work space with 7,700 lumens of TRUEVIEW high definition light – exceeding the performance of 105- watt fluorescent lights while consuming 30 percent less power. Its maintenance-free high-impact construction ensures it will survive the toughest job site conditions. VOLTEC/US WIRE AND CABLE “The biggest trend in our industry today isn’t just about products — it’s about the weather,” says Tom Miller, president of Voltec Power and Lighting. “Unpredictable weather patterns, from hurricanes and earthquakes to cold weather snaps and temperature swings, create challenges on every job site and contractor.” “The number one priority in emergency response and extreme weather situations is getting products into the hands of our customers and giving them the tools that can work in these conditions. Our new domestic manufacturing capabilities ensure that contractors will get the product they need, when they need it.” Voltec is a leader in cable, cord and LED lighting products and has recently become a division of U.S. Wire & Cable, a domestic manufacturer of wire and cable. On the product front, Voltec’s Quad Box and T-Box are NEMA 3R-rated for wet and damp conditions with both products also employing GFCI protection. They are designed to withstand rugged environments and exposure while offering convenient and safe access to power. Additionally, when snow, ice and severe cold weather become deterrents to getting the job done, Voltec’s EXTREME all-weather extension cord works in the harshest of conditions. This heavy-duty cord is constructed of 100 percent thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), which provides a flexible, lightweight and tangle-free construction. EXTREME can be used in temperatures ranging from -94 F to 221 F. “When the temperature drops and customers need a heavy-duty cord, our EXTREME model is the clear choice,” Miller says. “Contractors need products that will work hard and last, and the EXTREME sets the standard for doing that. No matter the weather or environmental conditions, Voltec LED lighting, cords and cables are dependable, versatile and available for immediate delivery.”
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