A racetrack in Maryland contacted Access Fixtures looking to install fixtures in a new building where horses will be stabled. Horse stables generate dust from hay that the horses eat, wood shavings which are used for bedding, and from the open air ventilation which inherently creates a buildup of dust and dirt. To maintain suitable and efficient light output, the fixtures need to be periodically hosed down to prevent dust and dirt from collecting on the fixtures.
An Access Fixtures lighting specialist recommended a 6 Lamp T5HO Vapor Tight High Bay Fixture with an emergency backup ballast. Access Fixtures’ rugged T5HO vapor-tight high bay fixtures are engineered to withstand this type of environment. The fixture is fully gasketed to provide total protection from dust and moisture penetration, which enables the luminaire to be hosed down as needed. It also features stainless steel hardware for maximum durability.
The county’s electrical code requires the fixtures to be NEMA 3R rated. The customer had originally chosen another company to provide the T5HO luminaires, but then it turned out they could not meet the NEMA-rated standards for the fixture. Fortunately for the stable, they found Access Fixtures’ 6-lamp T5 vapor-tight high bay fixture is rated NEMA 4x, exceeding the county code’s requirements. This type of enclosure is watertight, extremely corrosion-resistant, and is often used on ship docks, dairies, and breweries.
Recommending T5HO linear fluorescent lighting was an obvious choice. T5HO is energy efficient and cost effective. T5HO luminaires exclusively use electronic ballasts that are lighter weight and smaller size than electromagnetic ballasts, increase system efficiency because they use less power themselves, and operate at very high frequencies eliminating strobe and ballast hum. T5HO ballasts are exclusively programmed start (PS) ballasts. This means it extends the life of the lamps without using extra energy and works well with motion detectors as well as the associated frequent on-off cycles.
T5HO bulbs emit more light per lamp as compared toT8. One T5HO lamp emits as much light as two T8 Lamps. This reduces the number of lamps required to light an area, decreases cost with less lamps to purchase, and at end of life leaves half the lamps to recycle. A major T5HO feature is 85% color rendering (CRI), which is very high color rendering, 17% better than standard T8 and 37% better than old T12.
To find the best solution for your lighting project, contact an Access Fixtures lighting specialist.