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Military lighting systems find home in petrochemical industry

Magnalight : 05 June, 2008  (Application Story)
Explosion proof lighting for use in hazardous areas supplied to the US petrochemicals industry by Magnalight
Oil companies, oil field service companies and related suppliers that support the petrochemical industry buy goods and services almost solely from local US based companies due to OSHA standards.

"We have seen a dramatic shift in just the last year in how the military spends in the lighting industry," said Rob Bresnahan, President of Larson Electronics. "While the US troops are interested in our US made 24 volt military spotlights, the purchasing decisions often favour cheaper Chinese made lights. Other DOD suppliers in the lighting industry see the US military is buying Chinese made alternatives. Thus, American suppliers react by finding new markets, discontinuing new development and reducing headcount."

"On the flip side, we recently launched a line of portable explosion proof lights from Magnalight," Rob continued. "We are reengineering military grade lights to be used in hazardous location areas within petrochemical plants for use as work lights, inspection lights and confined air lights, for inspecting and cleaning tanks, plant turn-around. We also rent lights, including our Class 1 Division 1 tank light for 18 inch and 24 inch man ways, quadpod mount wet area lights, vapour proof hand lamps, explosion proof drop lights and wheeled dolly work lights. We take permanent mount explosion proof fixtures and put turn them into portable hazardous location lights. Given the positive sales response from oil companies, we feel comfortable investing more money, because we know that these customers won't be looking at Chinese made alternatives for these types of critical petrochemical and aerospace lighting applications. There is still competition, but we all share the same regulatory and tax burdens."
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