We have looked at storm safety before – for example, using surge protection to protect against lightning strikes – but there is one aspect of stormy weather that hazardous area lighting can offer safety from, which you might often take for granted.

That is simply the quantity of rain that can fall during even a short-lived stormy period, representing a substantial risk to outdoor electrical systems of all kinds; hazardous area lighting is of course designed to withstand the elements, and this will usually include being waterproof against even extreme conditions.

At the same time, you still get all of the other benefits of technology designed especially for use in hazardous areas, such as extra insulation to prevent the risk of a spark in the presence of ignitable gases, or to keep the operating temperature as low as possible.

Hazardous area LED lighting is a particularly good example of this, typically operating at a lower temperature than incandescent bulbs do, and using luminaires with extremely sturdy and well-sealed construction, which can remain in place whatever the weather and should not need maintenance or replacement for a long time to come.