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LED light towers make light work of gloomy job site

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AT their best, light towers combine efficiency, performance and robust reliability with low operational costs, reduced noise levels and safety to provide optimum lighting solutions to the tough and demanding environments typical of the construction, mining, events, and rental sectors.

That’s according to David Stanford, Business Line Manager for Atlas Copco Power Technique’s Portable Products, who said the company’s new LED HiLight H6+ light towers tick all these boxes.

“Originally designed for residential and commercial use, LED lighting is now fast becoming the preferred lighting solution in the industrial space, largely on account of the numerous value adding benefits delivered by LED technology. Top of the list is the LED floodlights’ ability to efficiently provide optimal light distribution up to a 6,000 m² illumination area with a 20 lux (brightness) average, ensuring a brighter, more productive site and safer job site.”

Stanford said Atlas Copco’s LED light towers feature a special lens and optic design to specifically suit construction and mining applications. The fully directional LED lens design influences the quality and distribution of light, maximises the light coverage, ensures even lighting, eliminates shadows, reduces glare that can cause distraction and eye strain and also reduces “lighting waste”.

The HiLight H6+ light tower achieves this while still producing zero emissions, using up to 40% less fuel and 5 db(A) lower noise levels. The light tower’s dimming function on the easy-to-use control panel offers the right luminosity at all times, subsequently extending the autonomy by over 300 hours and providing CO² savings of up to 40%.

“Delivering 55dBA at 7m, the unit ensures not only a comfortable and safe working environment but also prevents disturbance when used during events or when operating in noise sensitive areas (residential).”

Stanford said the LED lights are robust and boast a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. “Compared to traditional metal halide lamps, LED lamps do not contain filaments which increases their resistance to vibrations and impact.

“We have also developed a tough, shock-proof housing to protect the bulbs against the ingress of contaminates such as dust particles.” He said this was crucial for the construction and mining sectors where equipment has to be hard-wearing to continue operating despite stringent working conditions.

“Another design feature that makes the HiLight H6+ unit extremely tough is its ‘armour’. Atlas Copco’s exclusive and innovative HardHat body is manufactured from corrosion- and crack-resistant, lightweight, environmentally friendly medium-density polyethylene. The HardHat is resistant to low and high temperatures thanks to its UV stability and the long-term antioxidants of the plastic.”

Additionally, the HardHat is moulded into a single pop-up canopy for easy fitment to and removal from the light tower. It also provides 360° easy service access to the unit.  The light tower only requires a simple service after 600 hours of operation which can be carried out in just 40 minutes.

It can be transported in three ways – via the integrated lifting point, four forklift slots or three different tow bars. The adjustable tow bar provides great flexibility as it enables the HiLight H6+ to be towed behind a van, bakkie or truck.

“Although a little more expensive when compared to traditional light sources, the high efficiencies and powerful and reliable performance of LED technology combined with the longer lifespan of the LED lamps all contribute to low operating costs and subsequent total cost of ownership,” Stanford said.

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