Lighting for Grain Processing & Storage Areas
Grain handling facilities are common throughout the world, playing an important part in the global food supply chain. These facilities handle everything from the processing of grain to the long term storage of grain. One of the biggest hurdles these facilities face is the fact that grain dust can be easily ignited, resulting in accidental explosions and fires.
When this occurs, the results can be catastrophic, leading to loss of life and unnecessary expense to farm owners. Because lighting is the most common source of accidental ignition across the board, it has been a source of ever increasing focus for those in charge of facility safety.
Our Class 1 Division 2 explosion proof lighting systems are ideal for this grain processing and handling facilities and play a big part in agricultural workplace safety.
Explosion Proof Jelly Jar Lights
Mount on flat surfaces inside grain silos or on other areas within the facilityBrowse Selection
Explosion Proof Linear Lights
Suspended lights for use inside the grain processing facility or storage area for ceilings under 20 feet highBrowse Selection
Explosion Proof High Bays
Use for high ceilings 15 feet or higher inside the grain processing facility or storage areaBrowse Selection
Grain Lighting Information
The most common source of accidental ignition of grain dust is sparks from exposed electrical components. Because of this, electrical systems within grain handling facilities are shielded from dust and vapor ingress, eliminating a possible source of ignition. The largest section of a facility's electrical system is the lighting system, which not only physically comprises the majority of the electrical components but also generates considerable amounts of heat. Because of this, lighting used in facilities handling grain must be sealed from the outside environment to prevent accidental fires and explosions.
There are several industry standards for explosion proof lighting that are commonly used in grain storage facilities. The main standard used for grain processing and handling is Class 1 Division 2, which is governed by the standard UL 844 and the National Electric Code (NEC) article 501. This standard covers everything from explosive gasses to flammable liquids and combustible dust.
Lighting for Grain Processing Plants
Grain processing plants generate a large amount of combustible organic dust, through the processing of wheat, barley and other crops. Combined with high foot traffic and a number of moving machines, it is critical that these plants are equipped with explosion proof lighting systems. Proper lighting for these facilities allows for optimal illumination and visibility for workers, making their work safer and more efficient.
Lighting for Grain Storage Areas
Grain storage areas require similar types of lighting fixtures, due to similar hazards involving grain dust. However, the biggest difference is that grain storage covers a much larger area, which necessitates different lighting fixtures with a broader beam pattern. The most common explosion proof lighting fixtures for grain storage areas are linear and high bay lighting, as they are typically mounted high above in order to provide clearance for varying levels of grain within the storage silos.