LED Flanking Lights – High Performance Marine-Grade Lighting
Durability is a Basic Requirement for LED Flanking Lights
LED flanking lights must be manufactured for extreme durability, as maritime environments are harsh. Testing results must be checked to make sure that the light meets a specific standard proving that it is a flanking light and not just a nice LED light.
Corrosion-resistant: Materials must be corrosion-resistant and treated for resilience against saltwater, rain, and severe weather conditions. Meeting testing such as ASTM B117-2018 ensures the flanking light can withstand a 5000-hour salt spray test.
Vibration: Ships have vibration and constant movement. A 3G vibration test to meet ANSI C136.31-2018 means the flanking light can handle vibration.
Waterproof: Flanking lights will be exposed to wet locations and possibly water coming up and over the flanking light. To survive flanking lights must be waterproof. All flanking lights should be tested to meet IP66 or higher water resistance.
Impact Resistant: Sooner or later a flanking light will be hit by something. If there is any glass, it will break compromising the LEDs and the interior connections. A flanking light should never have any glass and must be built to meet IK10 impact resistance.
Operating Temperature: It’s wet out there It can be very cold too. Even if it is cold out, flanking lights need to work. Make sure the flanking light meets your temperature requirements.
Surge Protection: Power generators on ships are known for power surges and voltage variances. LED drivers in flanking lights need to have at least 10KA surge protection and be able to handle variations in the voltage being provided.
LED Life: Over time, while using the same amount of electricity, LEDs produce less life. While flanking lights will break someday, accepting a short LED life is not a good start. Check the L70 rating. L70 @ 50,000 hours means the LEDs will emit 70% of the initial light after 50,000 hours, while L70 @ 200,000 hours means the LEDs will emit 70% of the initial light after 200,000 hours.
Field Testing LED Flanking Lights
The Access Fixtures’ flanking light, while officially rated as IP66 to provide a safety margin, is manufactured with the IP68 air tightness tested at 30KPa with test points at each light module, the supporting frame, and the junction box. The Access Fixtures flanking light is also manufactured with a superior Akzo Nobel powder coat anti-corrosion finish tested to exceed over 5000m hours of salty spray. It is structured to pass a 3G vibration test and an IK10 impact test too.
The Access Fixtures flanking light had no issues withstanding the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, demonstrating resilience throughout the 8-month real-life test environment. The other manufacturer’s light fixture was rusting away.
Access Fixtures LED Flanking Lights Meet and Exceed Requirements
Vibration: Meets ANSI C136.31-2018 3G vibration
Waterproof: Built to meet IP68 standards. Rated IP66.
Impact Resistant: No glass. IK10 impact resistance. If one light module gets destroyed or hit by a bullet, the other light modules remain on.
Operating Temperature: -40°C to +50°C
Surge Protection: 10KA surge protection standard. Operates with a voltage range of 100-277VAC.
LED Life: L70 @ 200,000 hours
Optics: Large choice of optics to meet specific illumination requirements
Wattage: 10w to 2400w provides the level of illumination required for any application
Mounts: Every type of mount to provide secure and/or directed illumination
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